By Simon R. Green
Rupert didn't specially are looking to be a prince. And he definitely by no means requested to be the second one son of a royal line that truly didn't want a spare. So he was once despatched out to slay a dragon and turn out himself-a quest immediately out of legend. yet he additionally chanced on the types of items legends are inclined to miss, in addition to the standard demons, goblins, the feared evening Witch-and even worse terrors hidden within the shadows of Darkwood.
Rupert did discover a fiery dragon-and a stunning princess to rescue. however the dragon became out to be a greater pal than a person again on the citadel, and with the evil of Darkwood spreading, Rupert used to be going to want all of the buddies he may get.
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Ride after him, and if you do not overtake him on the road, proceed to his estate and remain with him until we send for him. Don’t let him out of your sight. He is mazed with fear, and might bolt – might even rush to Conan in a panic, and reveal the whole plot, hoping thus to save his own hide. ” The slave bowed, hiding the hate in his eyes, and did as he was bidden. Ascalante turned again to his wine. Over the jeweled spires was rising a dawn crimson as blood. II When I was a fighting-man, the kettle-drums they beat, The people scattered gold-dust before my horse’s feet; But now I am a great king, the people hound my track With poison in my wine-cup, and daggers at my back.
My Ring – stolen from me –” Steel glittered in the Stygian’s hand and with a heave of his great dusky shoulders he drove the dagger into the baron’s fat body. Dion’s high thin squeal broke in a strangled gurgle and his whole flabby frame collapsed like melted butter. A fool to the end, he died in mad terror, not knowing why. Flinging aside the crumpled corpse, already forgetful of it, Thoth grasped the ring in both hands, his dark eyes blazing with a fearful avidness. ” he whispered in terrible exultation.
Ascalante, king of Aquilonia! ” The Stygian shrugged his broad shoulders. “There was a time,” he said with unconcealed bitterness, “when I, too, had my ambitions, beside which yours seem tawdry and childish. To what a state I have fallen! ” “You laid your trust in magic and mummery,” answered Ascalante carelessly. ” “Wits and swords are as straws against the wisdom of the Darkness,” growled the Stygian, his dark eyes flickering with menacing lights and shadows. ” the fiendish hatred of the Stygian glittered for an instant redly in his eyes.