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The Girl in the Gem by John Jakes

The Girl in the Gem by John Jakes

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A classic Sword & Sorcery tale.
John Jakes' saga about Brak the Barbarian is back!

Learn all about this vintage genre and enjoy this free Brak the Barbarian tale
A classic Sword & Sorcery tale.
John Jakes' saga about Brak the Barbarian is back!

Learn all about this vintage genre and enjoy this free Brak the Barbarian tale

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Published by: OpenRoadMedia on Jun 25, 2012
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The yellow-headed barbarian had beensleeping but a short and fitful time when thesinister troop of dwarfs stole down uponhim.The shutters of the inn’s large windowcreaked open. A bulbous, misshapen headstood out against the stars in the opening.Another appeared, a third.Faint monkeylike footfalls scurriedover the roof tiles. A half dozen little bodiesleaped from the roof to the yard outside thewindow, a half dozen more, until the starrynight sky seemed to rain tiny figures. Dwarf hands clasped the sill. Then, with a batlike belling of a silken cloak, the first of themwas inside.Lonesome and weary after riding manydays down through the hills to the port beside the purple-foamed sea, Brak the barbarian had feasted heavily at the emptyinn. He’d squandered his last few dinshasfor wine, and the wine had taken its toll. Hesprawled full length atop a trestle table now,stirring and muttering in haunted sleep as,on tiny feet, the dwarfs came jumping
through the window and scurrying throughthe stealthily opened door.Brak’s brawny arms and single longyellow braid hung down off the table. Just below his outstretched fingers an emptywine goblet lay on its side. His giganticchest heaved up and down as he breathedraggedly. He was wide-shouldered andnaked save for a garment of lion’s hideabout his hips. A great broadsword scabbardgleamed beside his mighty leg.The dwarfs gathered about the tablelike mourners at a bier. The leader of thegroup leaned down. He grasped the fallenwine goblet. With a little leap he hurled it upagainst the rafters.“He wakes,” the leader squeaked.“Knives out!”The wine cup fell back to the floor,clanking. Brak sat up. He rubbed his eyes.Then pit-fear, cold and harrowing, clutchedhis bowels.The dwarfs caught the table edge andused it to vault up. With a great roar of rageBrak tried to throw off the little cloakedfigure landing hard on his chest. By the

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