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An Empire Unacquainted With Defeat

An Empire Unacquainted With Defeat

The Last Chronicle of the Dread Empire, Short Fictions

Trade Paperback - $14.95
Buy at: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Powell's

ISBN: 9781597801881
Published: 07/10/2010

An Empire Unacquainted with Defeat collects all of Glen Cook’s short fiction set in the vast world of the Dread Empire including the never-before-published short story “Hell’s Forge”.

GLEN COOK has been heralded as the godfather of modern heroic fantasy; his influence on the genre is unquestionable. But before the Instrumentalities of the Night, before the Black Company, there was The Dread Empire

The Dread Empire, a gritty world of larger-than-life plots, nation-shattering conflict, maddening magic, strange creatures, and raw, flawed heroes, all shown through the filter of Cook’s inimitable war-correspondent prose. The Dread Empire, spanning from the highest peaks of the Dragon’s Teeth to the endless desert lands of Hammad al Nakir, from besieged Kavelin to mighty Shinshan…

An Empire Unacquainted With Defeat collects all of Glen Cook’s short fiction set in the vast world of The Dread Empire, from “The Nights of Dreadful Silence,” featuring the first appearance of Bragi Ragnarson, Mocker, and Haroun bin Yousif to “Hell’s Forge,” a haunting tale of cursed pirates and strange lands, appearing here for the first time.

Also including a detailed introduction and extensive story notes by Glen Cook, An Empire Unacquainted With Defeat charts the development of this influential author and the massive, multifaceted world that he created.

“Cook’s talent for combining gritty realism and high fantasy provides a singular edge.”
– Library Journal

“Cook provides a rich world of assorted races, cultures and religions; his characters combine the mythic or exotic with the realistic, engaging in absorbing alliances, enmities, and double-crosses.”
– Publishers Weekly

“Over the past 25 years, Cook has carved out a place for himself among the preeminent fantasy writers of his generation.... His work is unrelentingly real, complex, and honest. The sense of place that permeates his narrative and characters gives his ‘fantasies’ more gravitas and grit than most fictions set in the here-and-now.”
– Jeff VanderMeer, author of Shriek: An Afterword and City of Saints and Madmen