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By Joe Abercrombie

They are saying Black Dow's killed extra males than wintry weather, and clawed his method to the throne of the North up a hill of skulls. The King of the Union, ever a jealous neighbor, isn't really approximately to face smiling via whereas he claws his means any better. The orders were given and the armies are toiling throughout the northern dust. millions of fellows are converging on a forgotten ring of stones, on a valueless hill, in an unimportant valley, and they have introduced loads of sharpened steel with them.

THE HEROES

For glory, for victory, for staying alive.

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To the east Osrung straddled the river, a cluster of homes round a bridge and a tremendous mill, huddled within a excessive fence. Smoke drifted from chimneys, into the brilliant blue and stale to nowhere. All basic, and not anything to comment upon, and no signal no matter what of the Union, or Hardbread, or any of the Dogman’s boys. tough to think there has been any battle in any respect. yet then in Craw’s event, and he’d lots, wars have been made up of ninety-nine components boredom, often within the chilly and damp, hungry and ailing, frequently hauling a good weight of steel uphill, to 1 half arse-opening terror. Made him ask yourself all over again why the hell he ever received into the black company, and why the hell he nonetheless hadn’t obtained out. expertise for it, or an absence of expertise for aught else. or perhaps he’d simply long past with the wind and the wind had blown him the following. He peered up, shreds of cloud transferring around the deep sky, now one reminiscence, now one other. “Beautiful,” acknowledged Agrick back. “Everything seems to be prettier within the sun,” stated Craw. “If it was once raining you’d be calling it the ugliest valley on the earth. ” “Maybe. ” Agrick closed his eyes and tipped his face again. “But it ain’t raining. ” That was once a truth, and never unavoidably a cheerful one. Craw had a original tendency to sunburn, and had spent such a lot of the day before today edging round the tallest of the Heroes besides the coloration. in simple terms factor he beloved under the warmth used to be the chilly. “Oh, for a roof,” he muttered. “Damn positive invention for maintaining the elements off. ” “Bit o’ rain don’t trouble me none,” grunted Agrick. “You’re younger. Wait ’til you’re out in all weathers at my age. ” Agrick shrugged. “By then i am hoping to have a roof, leader. ” “Good idea,” stated Craw. “You cheeky little bastard. ” He opened his battered eyeglass, the only he’d taken from a useless Union officer they discovered frozen within the wintry weather, and peered in the direction of the previous Bridge back. not anything. Checked the shallows. not anything. Eyed the Ollensand highway, jerked up at a relocating spot there, then realised it used to be a few tiny fly at the finish of the glass and sank again. “Guess a guy can see extra in advantageous climate, at the very least. ” “It’s the Union we’re expecting, ain’t it? these bastards couldn’t creep up on a corpse. you are worried an excessive amount of, leader. ” “Someone has to. ” yet Agrick had some extent. caring an excessive amount of or now not sufficient is ever an outstanding stability, and Craw constantly chanced on himself falling seriously at the anxious facet of it. each trace of circulate had him beginning, ripe to name for guns. Birds flapping lazily into the sky. Sheep grazing at the slopes of the fells. Farmers’ wagons creeping alongside the roads. a short time in the past Jolly Yon had began up awl perform with Athroc, and the unexpected scrape of steel had rattling close to made him soak his trousers. Craw fearful an excessive amount of, very well. disgrace is, a guy can’t simply select to not fear. “Why are we the following, Agrick? ” “Here? good, you recognize. take a seat at the Heroes, watch to work out if the Union come, inform Black Dow in the event that they do. Scouting, like constantly. ” “I comprehend that. It used to be me advised it to you. I suggest, why are we right here? ” “What, like, which means of lifestyles and that?

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