Revenge of the Horseclanby Robert Adams
Call to Arms
Bili of Morguhn has been summoned home to claim his inheritance after years of soldiering in the Middle Kingdoms. But the Ehleen nobility and the priests of the Old Religion are planting the seeds of rebellion, swearing to wrest back from Bili
The rebel army is marching to war, bent on destroying Thoheeks Bili, his kinsmen, and the power of Morguhn...
Call to Arms
Bili of Morguhn has been summoned home to claim his inheritance after years of soldiering in the Middle Kingdoms. But the Ehleen nobility and the priests of the Old Religion are planting the seeds of rebellion, swearing to wrest back from Bili and his fellow Horseclansmen the lands and wealth which once were theirs. And the stench of war rises once again over the land...
But what Bili does not know is that both his troops and those of his enemy are pawns in a larger game, a deadly game of bloody intrigue; and the stakes are as big as the survival of the Confederation--and the Horseclans themselves...
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Book #3 introduces one of Adams's most memorable characters, Bili Morguhn—or as he will later come to be known, Bili the Axe. Bili is a descendant of the Morguhns (Morgans) from Texas, who were part of the original Horseclans tribe accompanying the Undying High Lord Milo Morai on a 20-year trek from the Sea of Grass (Great Plains of North America) to the East Coast. This story takes place many generations later after Milo has begun organizing both Horseclansmen and conquered Ehleen (Greeks) into a powerful new city-state Confederation. Former foes have mingled and interbred and now live as mercenary Free Fighters or as nobility based in either cities or in their great halls amid their ranches and farms. The Thoheenks (Duke) of Morguhn lies dying, and his eldest son Bili has been summoned to Morguhn Hall to claim his inheritance after years of soldiering in the Middle Kingdoms (former Philadelphia). Eighteen-year-old Bili's arrival, however, co-incides with a rebellion fomented by members of the old Ehleen nobility and their priests, who wish to regain the lands and wealth once theirs alone. With other forces of the Confederation busy putting down rebellions in neighboring duchies, Bili and his troops are hard pressed to defend the Morguhn lands. What Bili doesn't realize is that he and his enemy Lord Myros are being used as pawns in a game of bloody intrigue. Before the battle is over, Milo will once again confront another of the devious witchmen from the J. and R. Kennedy Center in former Miami. In my opinion, this is one of the best novels in the Horseclans series with a clean, linear storyline and a memorable protagonist. Despite his age, young Bili soon proves to be a natural leader of men, a formidable warrior and strategist (much like Alexander the Great), and a powerful far-ranging mindspeaker. The prairiecats, at least those who have chosen to remain in the east, make an appearance, and Bili's big, black savage war-horse Mahvros is a personality not soon forgotten. The end of the novel sets up the 4th book in the series, A Cat of Silvery Hue.