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By R. A. Salvatore

R.A. Salvatore, best-selling writer of the Legend of Drizzt, unveils the backstory of the Witch King--the lich whose robust magic ensnares Jarlaxle and Artemis Entreri within the Sellswords trilogy.

As a part of his scheme to rule the Bloodstone Lands, Zhengyi the Witch King deals a black dragon existence immortal in alternate for allegiance. yet black dragons can't be so simply acquired. Unwilling to take no for a solution, Zhengyi hatches a plan to strength the dragon into battle--with conflict strains drawn contained in the dragon's personal lair. during this action-packed novella, Legend of Drizzt enthusiasts can discover extra in regards to the occasions best as much as Promise of the Witch King (Sellswords Trilogy, e-book II) and new lovers can discover why Booklist calls Salvatore the "best sequence author operating within the Forgotten Realms."

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If it knew we have been here,” Donegan answered. “The growl? ” “A purr of pride prior to settling all the way down to sleep? ” the wizard provided. “Such beasts are identified to growl as frequently as a guy may well sigh or yawn. ” “Pray it's a yawn, then,” stated Donegan, “and one asserting that the beast is prepared for a protracted and sound nap. ” He regarded round at his infantrymen, grinning from ear to ear underneath his upraised visor. “One from which it is going to by no means wake up. ” That introduced a number of nods and grins from the rank and dossier. Off to the aspect, Maryin neither nodded or grinned. She knew what used to be coming, and what her position will be, ahead of Sir Donegan even motioned to her to go into the pit. It happened to her that maybe she might do good to don her heavier plate mail and rent an elf to address the scouting. below the water, Zhengyi nodded with contentment as he watched the troop disappear over the pit’s rim. His spell mimicking the dragon’s roar have been good put via use of his complimentary attraction of ventriloquism, or so it can appear. The Witch-King knew that he may be away at once—back to the south and Damara, the place the conflict raged—but he lingered a piece longer within the pond, and whilst the entire squaddies had long past into the pit keep these few left to protect the horses, he emerged back at the northeastern financial institution. the 3 fools status with the horses nonetheless stared on the pit, oblivious to the chance, whilst the Witch-King got here calling. She knew that her elven cloak may perhaps safeguard her from prying eyes, yet nonetheless Maryin felt weak as she edged her approach down the large tunnel—certainly excessive and large sufficient for a dragon to cost via it. Lichen coated the partitions, emitting a gentle mild, like starlight in a wooded area clearing. notwithstanding grateful for that illumination—for it intended she needed to hold no torch—at an identical time she feared the glow may possibly make her simply as simple to the wyrm’s smart eyes. She felt the beast’s presence prior to she smelled or heard it, a pervasive air of mystery of worry that hung within the air. Maryin went right down to all fours and crawled alongside. No retreat will be quick sufficient if the beast noticed her, so her simply wish lay in no longer being detected in any respect. She rounded a bend and held her breath as she peered right into a far-off chamber. There it used to be, and it used to be no longer the beast that had lately attacked Palishchuk. For even within the dim mild, she might see that its scales glistened black, now not white. She retreated slowly for a while, inching out backward. Then she became and ran, 2 hundred yards or extra up the tunnel, to the place Donegan and the others waited, together with the armored horses of the knights Donegan and Bevell. “A huge black,” she defined in as gentle a voice as attainable whereas she drew the chamber’s format for them in a patch of sentimental airborne dirt and dust. Fisticus and the opposite wizards went to paintings, coordinating the spells they'd have to fend off the acidic breath of a black dragon. “A white could current fewer challenges,” the lead wizard complained. “Our spells to defeat its freezing breath are extra really good and entire.

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