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Not many would welcome the return of the old religion, the bloody return of wizardry... but there are some patriots who would accept the ...

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Overview

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.

 

In The Tower of Fear, Glen Cook weaves a complex and intriguing fantasy adventure.

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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.)
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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.
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"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." —Library Journal

"Seethes with conflicts and intrigues. . . .Cook adroitly weaves a complex tale, tying all its threads in a satisfying resolution."—Publishers Weekly

"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." —Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812509298
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/10/1990
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback

Meet the Author

Born in 1944, GLEN COOK grew up in northern California, served in the U.S. Navy, attended the University of Missouri, and was one of the earliest graduates of the well-known "Clarion" workshop SF writers. Since 1971 he has published a large number of SF and fantasy novels, including the "Dread Empire" series, the occult-detective "Garrett" novels, and the very popular "Black Company" sequence that began with the publication of The Black Company in 1984. Among his SF novels is A Passage at Arms.

After working many years for General Motors, Cook now writes full-time. He lives near St. Louis, Missouri, with his wife Carol.

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  • Posted April 26, 2012

    One of his few stand alone novels, this book is a perfect introd

    One of his few stand alone novels, this book is a perfect introduction to Cook's writing style. Instead of jumping into a series - an intimidating prospect for some - you can read and enjoy this story at your leisure.

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