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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

“Stand at Duben-Geb” By Ryan Harvey

Black Gate

Khasar and Alagh fight over whether to move the clan out into the open to new ground or remain hidden from the dreaded Sorghul.  Alagh bides his time to become the talahn through murder.  When Khasar accuses him, they have to duel.  The duel, though, is interrupted by an attack from the Sorghul, which is interrupted by something far larger.

Some cool sense of wonder here, but this loses a bit of the emotional heart of the other two Ahn-Tarqa stories--"An Acolyte of Black Spires" and "Farewell to Tyrn"--in favor of many battles.  Probably we should have built up more of Khasar's character.

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