Hangman’s Gate (War of the Archons Book 2) by R.S. Ford
English | 2019 | Fantasy | ePUB |1.4 Mb
Hangman’s Gate : After uniting the bandit clans, the Iron Tusk has swept into Shengen and taken control of the empire. With an army behind him, he marches along the Skull Road, ready to lay waste to the lands in the west. The mountain fortress of Dunrun and its rag-tag defenders are all that stand in his way.
With their country besieged on all sides, troubling rumours of a priestess amassing power in the north, and unnatural alliances to the south, no help is coming. Alone, they must hold back the inhuman powers of the Iron Tusk, or see life as they know it come to an end.The old gods have returned…
“The hag watched in awe as the giant took a step back, its foot shaking the earth. It raised its head to cry out in anguish, but the burning king was already leaping, his sword of lava raised, smoke billowing in its wake. With a mighty slash of the sword, the burning king split the giant from shoulder to waist.
As the two halves of the giant collapsed to the earth, splashing in the mud, the king looked on at his enemies. One by one, their will crumbled, each falling to their knees in the dirt, offering up their weapons in supplication.
The burning king was motionless as his defeated enemies threw themselves on his mercy. He surveyed them with little pity, smouldering yellow eyes scanning the field for any sign of defiance.
Until those eyes came to rest on her.
She was the only one left standing amidst an army of kneeling supplicants. Though she had thought herself invisible it was clear the burning king could see past the glamour that had kept her impervious to the battle. Under his gaze, she realised that those burning eyes didnot glow from within a black obsidian helmet… they were part of it. The burning king wore no crown, it was his own dark skull that reached, clawlike, towards the dark skies.
Fear gripped her heart in its ice-cold fist, and she took a step backwards. Slowly the burning king raised his arm, pointing an accusing finger at her. As one, every fighter in both armies turned their head to look at her.”