The Tower of Fear
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The Tower of Fear

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by Glen Cook
     
 

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The City of Qushmarrah is uneasy under the rule of the Herodians --short, balding men whose armies would never have conquered the city had not the great and evil wizard Narkar been killed and sealed in his citadel; had not the savage nomad Datars turned coat and sided with the invaders; had not some traitor opened the fortress to them.

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The City of Qushmarrah is uneasy under the rule of the Herodians --short, balding men whose armies would never have conquered the city had not the great and evil wizard Narkar been killed and sealed in his citadel; had not the savage nomad Datars turned coat and sided with the invaders; had not some traitor opened the fortress to them.

Not many would welcome the return of the old religion, the bloody return of wizardry... but there are some patriots who would accept the return of the devil they know, if it meant the return of independence.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Cook, author of military science fiction paperbacks, makes his hardcover debut here. The Tower of Fear is the last temple of Gorloch, the ancient and bloodthirsty god of the city of Qushmarrah, now supplanted by a gentler god, Aram. Gorloch's high priest, the wizard Nakar, was killed by the wizard Ala-eh-din Beyh, an ally of the invading Herodians. Nakar's wife, ``the Witch,'' froze the two combatants at the moment the fatal blow was struck. Now, after six years of Herodian occupation, an uneasy peace has returned to Qushmarrah, but the threat of Nakar's resurrection hangs over the city as his wife searches for his soul. The story seethes with the conflicts and intrigues within and between the occupying Herodians, their desert allies the Dartars, and Qushmarrah's organized resistance, ``the Living.'' Adding to his sword-and-sorcery adventure a touch of The Arabian Nights , Cook adroitly weaves a complex tale, tying all its threads in a satisfying resolution. (Oct.)
Library Journal
As a group of Qushmarrahan rebels traffics in dark sorcery to free their city from the conquering Herodians, an ex-soldier turned carpenter begins to question the price of freedom. Nomad mercenaries, effete politicians, and ordinary folk caught in extraordinary circumstances occupy the dark, foreboding fantasy world created by the author of the popular ``Black Company'' series. Highly recommended for fantasy collections.
Booklist
Thoroughly impressive.… The real strength of the book is its grim but meticulous world building, its large cast of well-drawn characters, and the fascinating if sometimes overly complex political intrigues. Major-caliber work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466831155
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
11/27/2007
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
861,087
File size:
1 MB

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