A Path to Coldness of Heart

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At long last, the conclusion to Glen Cook's Dread Empire saga has arrived! King Bragi Ragnarson is a prisoner, shamed, nameless, and held captive by Lord Shih-kaa and the Empress Mist at the heart of the Dread Empire. Far away in Kavelin, Bragia's queen and what remains of his army seek to find and free their king, hampered by the loss or desertion of their best and brightest warriors. Kavelina's spymaster, Michael Trebilcock, is missing in action, as is loyal soldier Aral Dantice. Meanwhile, Dane, Duke of ...
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Overview


At long last, the conclusion to Glen Cook's Dread Empire saga has arrived! King Bragi Ragnarson is a prisoner, shamed, nameless, and held captive by Lord Shih-kaa and the Empress Mist at the heart of the Dread Empire. Far away in Kavelin, Bragia's queen and what remains of his army seek to find and free their king, hampered by the loss or desertion of their best and brightest warriors. Kavelina's spymaster, Michael Trebilcock, is missing in action, as is loyal soldier Aral Dantice. Meanwhile, Dane, Duke of Greyfells, seeks to seize the rule of Kavelin and place the kingdom in his pocket, beginning a new line of succession through Bragia's queen, Dane's cousin Inger. And in the highest peaks of the Dragona's Teeth, in the ancient castle Fangdred, the sorcerer called Varthlokkur uses his arts to spy on the world at large, observing the puppet strings that control kings and empires alike, waiting... For the time of the wrath of kings is almost at hand, and vengeance lies along a path to coldness of heart.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597803311
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books
  • Publication date: 8/26/2012
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 429
  • Sales rank: 471,518
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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Glen Cook is the author of dozens of novels of fantasy and science fiction, including The Black Company, The Garret Files, Instrumentalities of the Night, and the Dread Empire series. Cook was born in 1944 in New York City. He attended the Clarion Writers’ Workshop in 1970, where he met his wife. “Unlike most writers, I have not had strange jobs like chicken plucking and swamping out health bars. Only full-time employer I’ve ever had is General Motors.” He currently makes his home in St. Louis, MO.
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  • Posted October 12, 2012

    Vietnam War Meets Fantasy

    Great stuff. I love just about all of Glen Cooks work. And I at least like the stuff I don't love.

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  • Posted May 12, 2012

    Highly recommended

    Fans of the older Dread Empire will enjoy the return of familiar villains and heros. The book is filled with the high level of action and mystery that we all expect from Glen. He ties together a number of story lines in a satisfactory manner. A satisfactory ending to a powerful series. But, as with many of Glen's series, there is room enough for another sequel; maybe if we all ask politely...

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  • Posted February 20, 2012

    Convoluted

    Even though this is "The Final Chronicle Of The Dread Empire: Vol III," the abrupt ending of the story implies strongly that there will be a Volume IV.

    I have been following Mr. Cook's work ever since the original "Black Company" series, and I have noticed a phenomenon in all of his writing. Even in his "Garrett P.I." novels, each succeeding book in a series contains additional new characters and additional new plot lines, until the story becomes so convoluted and confusing that it is no longer enjoyable reading.

    Even History books attempt to cover only certain time periods and major events. But the Dread Empire series seems to be an attempt to describe all of the events in a fantasy world, and all of the characters within it (major or minor indiscriminately). The complexity of the politics and family relationships, combined with the ridiculously large number of characters in the books (all of whom apparently must be mentioned in this, the last, of the series) make it difficult to keep track of who's who, and what's what, in this book.

    Cook appears to have forgotten the KISS Principle, which I believe applies to good fiction as much as to anything else, so I don't believe that I will be reading any more of his work.

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