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One King's Way

Hammer and the Cross (Volume 2)

Harry Harrison

Tor Fantasy

A craftsman, visionary, and warrior, Shef has risen from slavery to become king of a mighty Viking nation. But his growing kingdom menaces all of Europe, and he has made many powerful enemies.

Chief among his enemies are the Knights of the Lance, a fanatical order of soldiers sworn to bring Shef down, no matter what the cost. To defeat Shef, they will go to extraordinary lengths to find the sacred spear of Christ--and resurrect the Holy Roman Empire.

Driven by dreams, Shef battles to change the course of history, but even the gods themselves may be plotting against him....

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One King's Way
CHAPTER ONEFrozen in the hard grip of the worst winter in memory, all of England lay under a frigid mantle of snow. The great river Thames was covered with ice from bank to bank. The road leading west to Winchester was a flint-hard, filthy track of frozen hoofprints and caked manure. The horses slipped on the ice, snorting out steaming vapors. Their riders, huddled and chilled, looked up at the dark walls of the great Minster and spurred their tired mounts with little result.This was the 21st of March of the year of our Lord's Incarnation 867, and a day of greatest portent. A
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"Harrison evokes the true spirit of the period falsely termed the Dark Ages....A compelling saga of a hero who rivals Arthur." --Library Journal

"More pounding, evocative history as it might been, into which Harrison has poured his heart and soul." --Kirkus Reviews

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