Announcing Glen Cook's Final Chronicle in the Dread Empire Series

Night Shade Books is proud to announce the serial release schedule for Glen Cook’s Last Chronicle of the Dread Empire: Reap the East Wind, An Ill Fate Marshalling and the much anticipated, original and final volume of the Dread Empire series, A Path to the Coldness of Heart.

Reap the East Wind: Volume I in the Final Chronicle of the Dread Empire, Coming October 2011

This volume marks the beginning of the end. Reap the East Wind is the first step on the road to the long-delayed last chapter of Glen Cook’s legendary dread empire series.

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 plots in his council and a suicide attack of two million Matayangans on his border.

But in the desert beyond the Dread Empire: a young victim of the Great War becomes the Deliverer of an eons-forgotten god, chosen to lead the legions of the dead. And the power of his vengeance will make a world’s schemes as petty as dust, blown wild in the horror that rides the east wind.

An Ill Fate Marshalling: Volume II in the Last Chronicle of the Dread Empire, Coming December 2011

King Bragi Ragnarson decides to join Chatelain Mist’s coup against the Dread Empire. Varthlokkur — the King’s wizard — tries to dissuade Ragnarson from this chosen path, but only the drum-beat of war is heard. The King’s Spymaster Michael Trebilcock joins with the wizard to stave off The Ill Fate Marshaling, to no effect.

Many of the characters from past volumes take center stage, and the climatic events of this book shake the world of the Dread Empire to its very core, creating A Path to Coldness of Heart.

A Path to the Coldness of Heart, The final Volume in the Last Chronicle of the Dread Empire, Coming January 2012

Glen Cook’s final Dread Empire novel was to have been published 20 years ago, but the manuscript was stolen, and the fate of The Dread Empire has been in limbo, until now. At Long 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-ka’i and the Empress Mist at the heart of the Dread Empire.

Far away in Kavelin, Bragi’s queen and what remains of his army seek to find and free their king, hampered by the loss… or desertion… of their best and brightest warriors. Kavelin’s spymaster, Michael Trebilcock, is missing in action, as is loyal soldier Aral Dantice.

Meanwhile, Dane, Duke of Greyfells, seeks to seize the rule of Kavelin and place the kingdom in his pocket, beginning a new line of succession through Bragi’s queen, Dane’s cousin Inger.
And in the highest peaks of the Dragon’s Teeth, in the ancient castle Fangdred, the sorcerer called Varthlokkur uses his arts to spy on the world at large, observing the puppet strings that control kings and empires alike, waiting.

For the time of the wrath of kings is almost at hand, and vengeance lies along a path to coldness of heart…