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Dread Empire Series

Dread Empire books in order

Before the Black Company, there was Dread Empire. Contains 3 books in the main trilogy, 2 prequels and 3 sequels. The prequels can be read in the publishing order - after the main trilogy. Night Shade Books released the books as Omnibus volumes as well - Main trilogy: A Cruel WindPrequels: A Fortress in ShadowSequels: Wrath of Kings
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A Shadow of All Night Falling
Book One of A Cruel Wind (Chronicles of the Dread Empire 1)
Glen Cook - Jul 22, 2013 (first published in 1979)
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The War That Wizards DreadAcross the mountains called Dragon's Teeth, beyond the chill reach of the Werewind and the fires of the world's beginning, above the walls of the castle Fangdred, stands Windtower. From this lonely keep the Star Rider calls forth the war that even wizards dread, fought for a woman's hundred-lifetime love. A woman called Ne...
Book 2
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October's Baby
Book Two of A Cruel Wind (Chronicles of the Dread Empire 2)
Glen Cook - Jul 26, 2013 (first published in 1980)
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Cradled in swords, the war-child comes October. When the leaves turn blood and the wind turns bone: a time for doings dark and strange. The princess bears a child to the winged thing and the cries are heard far beyond the peaks of Dragon's Teeth, at the end of the world's Beginning, where Nepanthe and Mocker wait for the war that wizard's dread....
Book 3
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All Darkness Met
Book Three of A Cruel Wind (Chronicles of the Dread Empire 3)
Glen Cook - Jul 26, 2014 (first published in 1980)
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At empire's end war is not all hell. Mocker finds old friends in the halls of death, and Nepanthe new lovers in the fields of blood and bone. The war-child wields the sword of truth: the Star Rider's dread secret is at last revealed. And so it ends. Though "end" is but a wizard-word for new beginnings....
Book 4
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The Fire in His Hands
Glen Cook - Jan 01, 1984
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Once a mighty kingdom reigned—now all is chaos and darkness! In the vast reaches of the desert, a young heretic escapes certain death and embarks on a mission of madness and glory. He is El Murid—the Disciple—who vows to bring order, prosperity and righteousness to the desert people of Hammad al Nakir.But among the warriors, rebellion seethes as th...
Book 5
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With Mercy Toward None
Glen Cook - Feb 01, 1985
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The holy wars had begun, his family was slaughtered by bandits. He was abandoned to die in the desert – but he survived, with the help of his god, and became El Murid, the Disciple. Against him rides Haroun ben Yousif, High Prince of sorcery. Their war will soak the desert with magic, and with blood....
Book 6
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Reap the East Wind
The Last Chronicle of the Dread Empire
Glen Cook - Oct 01, 2011
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It has ended. It begins again. In Kavelin: Lady Nepanthe's new life with the wizard Varthlokkur is disturbed by visions of her lost son, while King Bragi Ragnarson and Michael Trebilcock scheme to help the exiled Princess Mist re-usurp her throne - under their thumb. In Shinsan: a pig-farmer's son takes command of Eastern Army, while Lord Kuo faces...
Book 7
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An Ill Fate Marshalling
The Last Chronicle of the Dread Empire
Glen Cook - Nov 01, 2011
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Rejecting the advice of the wizard Varthlokkur and spymaster Michael Trebilcock, King Bragi Ragnarson of Kavelin joins Chatelain Mist's coup against the Dread Empire. Ragnarson dangles the fate of his nation in the jaws of his foes, refusing to see that his one true enemy may be himself....
Book 8
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A Path to Coldness of Heart
The Last Chronicle of the Dread Empire
Glen Cook - Aug 26, 2012
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At long last, the conclusion to Glen Cook's Dread Empire saga has arrived! King Bragi Ragnarson is a prisoner, shamed, nameless, and held captive by Lord Shih-kaa and the Empress Mist at the heart of the Dread Empire. Far away in Kavelin, Bragia's queen and what remains of his army seek to find and free their king, hampered by the loss or desertion...