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  1. Marcus Antonius

    Legend by David Gemmell

    “Why was it allowed to lie here?” “No one could open the door,” answered the albino. “It was not locked,” said Rek. “Not to you.” “What does that mean?” “The meaning is clear: You and no other were meant to open the door.” “I can’t believe that.” “Shall I fetch you the...
  2. Marcus Antonius

    Legend by David Gemmell

    Serbitar was waiting at the bottom of the stairs as Rek slowly descended to the main hall. The albino wore full armour and a helm topped with white horsehair. The visor was down, shielding his eyes. He looked, Rek thought, like a silver statue. Only his hands were bare, and they were white as...
  3. Marcus Antonius

    Legend by David Gemmell

    Rek stood at the balcony window, gripping the rail, tears streaming from his eyes and uncontrollable sobs bursting through gritted teeth. Behind him lay Virae, still, cold, and at peace. Her face was white, her breast red from the arrow wound that had pierced a lung. The blood had stopped...
  4. Marcus Antonius

    Legend by David Gemmell

    The Nadir captain Ogasi urged his men on, baying the war chant of Ulric’s Wolfshead tribe and smashing his ax into the face of a tall defender. The man’s hands scrabbled at the wound as he fell back. The hideous battle song carried them forward, cleaving the ranks and gaining them a foothold on...
  5. Marcus Antonius

    Legend by David Gemmell

    Rek put his arm about her shoulders, leaned forward, and kissed her cheek. “I love you,” he whispered. She smiled and leaned into him, saying nothing. “I simply can’t say it,” said Virae, her large eyes turned full upon him. “That’s all right. Do you feel it?” “You know that I do...
  6. Marcus Antonius

    Legend by David Gemmell

    Moments after Rek had left, Vintar entered. He, too, had forsaken armour for a simple tunic of white wool, hooded and thick. “That was painful for you, Serbitar. You should have allowed me to come,” he said, patting the younger man’s shoulder. “I could not tell him the truth.” “But you...
  7. Marcus Antonius

    Legend by David Gemmell

    25 Rek sat and watched the stars shining high above the keep tower and the passage of an occasional cloud, black against the moonlit sky. The clouds were like cliffs in the sky, jagged and threatening, inexorable and sentient. Rek pulled his gaze from the window and rubbed his eyes. He had...
  8. Marcus Antonius

    Legend by David Gemmell

    The artery writhed under Virae’s fingers like a snake, spewing blood into the cavity of the stomach. “Tighter!” ordered Calvar Syn, his own hands deep in the wound, pushing aside blue slimy entrails as he sought frantically to stem the bleeding within. It was useless; he knew it was useless...
  9. Marcus Antonius

    Legend by David Gemmell

    Altogether 650 men chose to leave. Two thousand forty remained. Added to these were Bowman, Caessa, and fifty archers. The other outlaws, having fulfilled their promise, returned to Skultik. “Too damned few now,” muttered Druss as the meeting ended. “I never liked crowds, anyway,” said...
  10. Marcus Antonius

    Legend by David Gemmell

    Less than an hour later the earl’s message was being read to all sections. Bregan brought the news to Gilad as he ate in the shade offered by the field hospital under the towering cliff face of West Kania. “We can go home,” said Bregan, his face flushed. “We can be there by harvest...
  11. Marcus Antonius

    Legend by David Gemmell

    In the keep Druss raged at Rek, swearing to kill any deserter he recognized. “It’s too late for that,” said Rek. “Damn you, boy!” muttered Druss. “We have fewer than three thousand men. How long do you think we will hold if we allow desertions?” “How long if we don’t?” snapped Rek. “We...
  12. Marcus Antonius

    Legend by David Gemmell

    In a little house near the Street of Millers, Maerie tried to comfort the small child sobbing in her arms. The noise in the street outside frightened her as families loaded their possessions onto carts and wagons tethered with oxen or milk cows. It was pandemonium. Maerie cuddled the child...
  13. Marcus Antonius

    Legend by David Gemmell

    On the high day of summer—ten weeks after the battle began—Musif fell and chaos reigned. The Nadir breached the wall at the centre, driving a wedge into the killing ground beyond. The men, threatened with encirclement, fell back and raced for the fire gullies. Running skirmishes began as...
  14. Marcus Antonius

    Legend by David Gemmell

    24 Day by day more people left the siege city, piling their possessions onto carts, wagons, or the backs of mules and forming convoys that snaked their way inland toward the relative security of the Skoda mountains and the capital beyond. With each departure fresh problems faced the...
  15. Marcus Antonius

    Legend by David Gemmell

    And Serbitar had returned to the fortress and felt ashamed. But the shame he had felt earlier was as nothing compared with the feeling he now experienced. Was it but an hour since that he had walked the ramparts with Vintar, and complained of many things, and confessed to many sins? “You...
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