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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.

Not many would

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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.


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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.)
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.
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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466831155
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
11/27/2007
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
342,727
File size:
1 MB

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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.


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 Science Fiction 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 science fiction 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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The Tower of Fear 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
TheTruthDC More than 1 year ago
An excellent stand alone book, not one of his series books.  This isn't you usual run of the mill good guys vs. villains.  There are at least 4 partisan sides conflicting in the same city.  And of course, they all think they are the good guys.  And the viewpoints aren't necessarily directly opposing.  The characters have their own goals which may or may not be absolutely counter to someone else's goal.  Well worth the read.
CountGrey More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago