A FORTRESS IN SHADOW: A CHRONICLE OF THE DREAD EMPIRE by Glen Cook. San Francisco, CA; Night Shade Books; 2007. 1st omnibus hardcover edition.
Once a mighty kingdom reigned, but now all is chaos. 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. El Murid incites rebellion against the godless kingdoms and tribes as he plots to execute the justice of the desert. After four long centuries, El Murid is the savior who is destined to build a new empire from the blood his enemies. Or so it seems. El Murid has victory in his grasp, the desert tribes of Hammad al Nakir are rallying around him, and the last remaining thread of the royal lineage wanders the desert with only Heathens to help him. But all is not as it seems, and the sinister forces pulling the strings of empire come into the light. Who and what lies behind El Murid's vision of a desert empire?
Intro by Steven Erikson, author of the Malazan series..
A Fortress in Shadow collects the two Dread Empire prequels, The Fire in His Hands and With Mercy Towards None.
The limited edition is bound in leather and SIGNED BY BOTH AUTHOR & INTRODUCER. Limited to 250 copies.
Jacket illustration by Raymond Swanland. Fine in fine dj.