Books: Wine, Women and Sword

PRELUDE TO BATTLE—Manfred Gottfried—John Day ($2.50).

The Story. Offspring of a Mogul prince, Temugin is born clutching in his royal fistlet a clot of congealed blood. Astrologers and soothsayers thereupon agree that by the blood of his enemies the child is destined to bring many peoples under his rule.

Astrology being what it is, the child, growing apace, shows little inclination or aptitude for warfare, and indifferently watches his warrior father fare forth to battle, return victorious; fare forth again, return defeated; fare forth a third time to fetch Princess Guzisur, Temugin's 14-year-old affianced...

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