The Black Road War

Battle’s Triumph

I parry the first sword that slashes at me, and as I swing away from it, I manage to cut through the wrist that holds it. A minor victory, since the creature simply switches to another hand, but one that makes me realize these creatures can be beaten.

“They bleed!” I shout at the top of my lungs, then steady my feet and swing once more. This time a hideous black head falls to the ground at my feet.

My heart pumps loudly now, and my spirits soar. I don’t know what chance I have in this battle, but in some ways I don’t care. No matter what the outcome, to have discovered at last this newfound joy I have, a joy in battle—in fighting for good—is even worth dying for…

Cover Art by Don Dixon
Maps by James Clouse
Illustrations by Todd Cameron Hamilton

This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

First printing, July 1988 by Ace Books

Printed in the United States of America

ISBN: 0-441-11430-X
eISBN: 978-1-62579-679-0

Copyright © 1988 by Bill Fawcett & Associates
Introduction copyright © 1988 by Roger Zelazny

All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book or portions thereof in any form.

Electronic version by Baen Books