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By Neal Stephenson, Erik Bear, Greg Bear, Joseph Brassey, Cooper Moo

The Mongols are coming. A determined plan is shaped: Kill the Khan of Khans and stop the autumn of Christendom....

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Sweat ran down his again, and it felt like claws raking his flesh. His bowels trembled, and he approximately misplaced keep an eye on of his bladder. all of sudden conscious, like being jerked out of a deep sleep. solar shivered off the knight’s helm, and Zug squinted opposed to the glare, pulling his head again as his opponent moved nearer. Distantly, just like the sensation of wind-blown rain sluicing around the felt roof of a ger, he felt the knight’s blade slide alongside the pole in his arms. The knight’s fingers got here down, steel palms wrapped round a simple pommel, and some extent of steel danced in entrance of his face. Zug hissed. His physique replied slowly—the approach a ship activates a placid lake while its occupant has no oars. He have been long gone too lengthy, misplaced in his brain, and the flesh had develop into a slave to different masters: the gang, the skull-maker, the arkhi. He had turn into not anything greater than a ghost. no longer but, he suggestion. The naginata’s blade dragged at the flooring as he retreated from the knight’s thrust. it's not that i am a ghost. His fingers tightened at the shaft of the pole-arm, and he knew the place his ft have been. The skull-maker sang as he snapped it up. The knight was once shut in the back of him... * * * Haakon noticed a tiny circulation of the demon’s—Zug’s—forward leg because the different guy shifted his middle of gravity. The movement gave away Zug’s rationale; he had settled too a ways into his shield, and now he needed to shift his weight prior to he might execute his subsequent assault. Even earlier than Zug began to stream the pole-arm, Haakon used to be already relocating. He lunged ahead, retaining his blade involved with the pole-arm. As his blade slid down onto the wood shaft, he lifted his elbows and locked the shaft among his blade and crossguard. Zug couldn’t extricate his weapon, and as Haakon took one other step forward—flee towards risk! —he compelled the pole-arm up. With a flick of his wrists, he turned around his sword round the pole-arm and clasped the blade together with his left hand back. He wasn’t shut sufficient for the half-sword thrust to be lethal, however the movement used to be a replay of some moments in the past. Haakon was hoping the repetition may holiday Zug’s focus for a moment or because the different guy attempted to second-guess Haakon’s goal. could Zug imagine he used to be silly adequate to aim for the hilt snare back? Haakon closed, rolling his sword round the pole-arm in order that his palms reversed their place. His aspect was once now not in Zug’s face, yet he was once nonetheless contained in the succeed in of the pole-arm’s blade. With a pointy movement, he snapped his hilt towards the triangular establishing in the back of Zug’s left forearm. It was once the same lock to the snare he had simply used, yet his goal was once assorted. Brother Rutger beloved this system: tangling the opposite warrior’s arm with the hilt of his personal blade earlier than he stepped in and stripped the weapon loose. Haakon doubted he may perhaps get the pole-arm from Zug—the process labored top with shorter weapons—but at this diversity, the pole-arm used to be approximately as risky as a willow swap. Zug used to be to not be entangled a moment time, and his hand darted out, seizing Haakon’s hilt prior to the lock might be accomplished.

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