The rebel army is marching to war, bent on destroying Thoheeks Bili, his kinsmen, and the Power of Morguhn...
The Call to Arms!
The Thoheeks of Morguhn is dying, and his eldest son Bili has been summoned home to claim his inheritance after years of soldiering in the Middle Kingdoms. Yet Bili's reign could end before it begins. For the old Ehleen nobility and the priests of the ancient religion are planting the seeds of rebellion, swearing to wrest back from Bili and his fellow Horseclansmen the lands and wealth which once were theirs. And Bili can't be sure that help will come in time, because the forces of the Confederation are already hard pressed putting down rebellions in neighboring duchies. What Bili doesn't know is that both his troops and those of his enemy, Lord Myros, are only pawns in a larger game—a deadly game of bloody intrigue, with stakes as big as the survival of the whole Confederation...Pinnacle - 1st Printing - Nov 1977
A brutal, raw adventure of warriors caught in a struggle for survival in 27th century, post-cataclysmic America!
Bili of Morguhn... kinsman of the Clan Morguhn returns home from the Middle Kingdoms to find his father dying and the people of the duchy rebelling. The priests of the old religion have spurred the populace on to try to reclaim their lands from the noble Kindred.
Only with the help of the Undying Milo, the Prairie Cats, and the power of Mind-Speak can Bili save his home from the Satanic priests and their fanatical followers.
It is the 27th century on Earth and the Horseclans are the one hope for an end to the chaos and barbarism that have plagued man for six hundred years. Would their extraordinary mental powers and savage fighting skills bring a new peace to a war-torn and devastated Earth?
The stamp of hoof, the stroke of axe...
Bili mindspoke Mahvros, "Be ready to fight, brother!" The huge black horse quickened his gait in response to Bili's command, raised his head and voiced a shrill, equine challenge, and then bore down on his promised victims.
The leading attacker held up his shield to fend off Bili's axe, while he aimed a hacking cut at Mahvros' thick neck. The stout target crumpled like wet paper and the axeblade bit completely through and deep into the arm beneath, the force of the buffet hurling that man down to a singularly messy death amid the stamping hooves.
But Bili failed to see the man who galloped in from his left, and then a hardflung throwingaxe caromed off Bili's helm, nearly deafening him and filling his head full of a tight red-blackness shot with dazzling white stars...Pinnacle - 1st Printing - Nov 1977
Bili mindspoke Mahvros. "Faster, brother! Be ready to fight." The huge black horse quickened his gait and beamed his approval. Raising his head, he voiced a shrill, equine challenge, then bore down on his promised victims.
One man and horse went down in a squalling, screaming, hoof-flailing tangle, while Bili took a ringing swordcut on the side of his helm in passing. Still shrilling his challenge, Mahvros came to a rearing halt, pivoted, and returned to savage the downed horse and rider, while Bili axed the other man out of the saddle with a single, business stroke.
The leading attacker held up his shield to fend off Bili's axe, while he aimed a hacking cut at Mahvros' thick neck. The stout target crumpled like wet paper and the axeblade bit completely through and deep into the arm beneath, the force of the buffet hurling the man down to a singularly messy death, amid the stamping hooves.
But Bili failed to see the man who galloped in from his left, and then a hardflung throwingaxe caromed off Bili's helm nearly deafening him and filling his head full of a tight red-blackness shot with dazzling-white stars. The others stood around him in a fearful silence. Would he be able to continue the fight against the Ehleen rebels and stave off the end of civilization as they knew it?
This is a violent, excitement-filled futuristic epic, with the sweeping sword and sorcery tradition of Conan and Blade—yet something different—a unique new brand of adventure fiction you won't be able to put down! Be sure to read Robert Adam's previous books, The Coming of the Horseclans and Swords of the Horseclans.
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