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(The Original) Red Sonya - The Shadow of the Vulture

Robert E. Howard

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Excerpt:So they brought the envoys, pallid from months of imprisonment, before the canopied throne of Suleyman the Magnificent, Sultan of Turkey, and the mightiest monarch in an age of mighty monarchs. Under the great purple dome of the royal chamberMoreExcerpt:So they brought the envoys, pallid from months of imprisonment, before the canopied throne of Suleyman the Magnificent, Sultan of Turkey, and the mightiest monarch in an age of mighty monarchs. Under the great purple dome of the royal chamber gleamed the throne before which the world trembled--gold-paneled, pearl-inlaid. An emperors wealth in gems was sewn into the silken canopy from which depended a shimmering string of pearls ending a frieze of emeralds which hung like a halo of glory above Suleymans head. Yet the splendor of the throne was paled by the glitter of the figure upon it, bedecked in jewels, the aigrette feather rising above the diamonded white turban. About the throne stood his nine viziers, in attitudes of humility, and warriors of the imperial bodyguard ranged the dais--Solaks in armor, black and white and scarlet plumes nodding above the gilded helmets.The envoys from Austria were properly impressed--the more so as they had had nine weary months for reflection in the grim Castle of the Seven Towers that overlooks the Sea of Marmora. The head of the embassy choked down his choler and cloaked his resentment in a semblance of submission--a strange cloak on the shoulders of Habordansky, general of Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria. His rugged head bristled incongruously from the flaming silk robes presented him by the contemptuous Sultan, as he was brought before the throne, his arms gripped fast by stalwart Janizaries. Thus were foreign envoys presented to the sultans, ever since that red day by Kossova when Milosh Kabilovitch, knight of slaughtered Serbia, had slain the conqueror Murad with a hidden dagger.The Grand Turk regarded Habordansky with scant favor. Suleyman was a tall, slender man, with a thin down-curving nose and a thin straight mouth, the resolution of which his drooping mustachios did not soften. His narrow outward-curving chin was shaven. The only suggestion of weakness was in the slender, remarkably long neck, but that suggestion was belied by the hard lines of the slender figure, the glitter of the dark eyes. There was more than a suggestion of the Tatar about him--rightly so, since he was no more the son of Selim the Grim, than of Hafsza Khatun, princess of Crimea. Born to the purple, heir to the mightiest military power in the world, he was crested with authority and cloaked in pride that recognized no peer beneath the gods.More Reading:Other Books by Robert E. Howard by ADB Publishing(The Original) Apparition In the Prize Ring(The Original) Alleys of Darkness(The Original) Alleys of Peril(The Original) Almuric(The Original) The Tombs Secret(The Original) Champ of the Forecastle(The Original) Circus Fists(The Original) Cupid vs Pollux(The Original) Fist and Fang(The Original) General Ironfist(The Original) Night of Battle(The Original) Old Garfields Heart(The Original) The Shadow of the Vulture (This Book)(The Original) Sailors Grudge(The Original) She Devil(The Original) Sluggers on the Beach(The Original) Black Vulmeas Vengeance(The Original) Texas Fists(The Original) The Bull Dog Breed(The Original) The Iron Man(The Original) The Man on the Ground(The Original) The Sluggers Game(The Original) Vikings of the Gloves(The Original) Waterfront Fists(The Original) The Purple Heart of Erlik (Nothing to Lose) (1936)(The Original) Winner Take All