The Darkling Band

The Darkling Band

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by Jason Henderson
     
 

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An adventure full of surprises, from the creator of Sword of Dracula and Soulcatcher. Jason Henderson brings to Dragon Moon Press "fantasy with sweat and rivets!" Two best friends in 13th-Century Germany set out across towns, tundra and mountains to find one of the friend's two sisters, who have been kidnapped by a raiding party of winged men locked in a…  See more details below

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An adventure full of surprises, from the creator of Sword of Dracula and Soulcatcher. Jason Henderson brings to Dragon Moon Press "fantasy with sweat and rivets!" Two best friends in 13th-Century Germany set out across towns, tundra and mountains to find one of the friend's two sisters, who have been kidnapped by a raiding party of winged men locked in a war with the exploding human population. In the middle of this epic struggle are two friends driven by love and loyalty to opposite sides of a gathering storm.

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ISBN-13:
9781896944364
Publisher:
Dragon Moon Press
Publication date:
10/28/2006
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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Prologue

Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden

The German Lands

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Heinrich and Peter had been gone for an hour, hunting wayward dark elves with the Order of the Holy Vehm, and Rudolf Hauptmann was getting nervous. Behind him, his wife was wiping off the wooden plates with a clean cloth. Rudolph stood at the top of the stairs that led down to his shop, listening to the kitchen sounds and his own breath. He stepped away from the banister to the front window and glanced back at Frau Hauptmann. She returned a quick, nervous look before handing a plate to their youngest daughter, Christa.

"Here," she said, "put this away, then go with Mary to your room." Frau Hauptmann spoke aloud with a forced sound, as if she wanted to whisper.

The dark-haired, pale cherub nodded briskly. As she turned to slide the dish onto a shelf under the basin, she stopped. "Look, mamma!"

Frau Hauptmann looked down. "What is it now?"

"Heinrich didn't wear the necklace I made for him."

"Well, he must have forgotten it."

"He doesn't like it," Christa whined, crushed. "He never wears it."

"Please!" Rudolf snapped at them both. Christa scurried off in a huff to her and Mary's room.

Rudolf touched the shutters and let the window fall open, the silence so complete that he could hear the greased hinges moving as a cold wind sliced in from the snow-covered streets. He looked out to a horizon that yawned cold and grey where the Black Forest clawed at the sky.

A white glow grew in the distance like a vast, ghostly cloud.

A dog howled down the main street. Rudolf nodded, and his wife soundlessly drew a sword from the hearth. She handed it to him, adding, "ShouldI get the old one, too?"

Rudolf watched the still-distant shimmering in the sky, still a distant cloud. "Ja, get the other one. And give Hans an axe."

"But he's so small."

"Then find a small axe," Rudolf replied. Damn Mueller and his damn Vehm dragging off Heinrich and Peter now. "Hans!" Rudolf lifted his voice, and his young son emerged from his room, quiet like the world outside.

"Papa?"

"Go down to the shop. Get an axe you can swing. Come back here with it."

He heard it, now, underneath the sound of Hans' small feet making their way down to the shop below: the bristling, crackling sound of popping air in hot, black wings. A crow fluttered from its perch atop the shop across the street, and a few of the horses whinnied.

Rudolf watched his own breath swirl in the freezing air. He shut the window gingerly, held his sword, and prayed.

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Meet the Author

Jason Henderson (b. 1971) is a writer of computer games, novels and several comic book series.

He is the writer of the young adult novel series Alex Van Helsing from HarperCollins and the comic book series Sword of Dracula from Image Comics, Strange Magic from Marvel Comics, and Soulcatcher. He is a co-creator on the Tokyopop manga series Psy-comm.

He was the writer of Locus best-seller The Element of Fire, the first novel in the Highlander franchise.

Henderson lives in Texas. He graduated from the University of Dallas in 1993 with a BA in History and from Catholic University's Columbus School of Law in 1996 with a JD degree in Law.

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Darkling Band 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice similes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not read it