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I'm trying to identify a novel I read back in the 90s. I'm going to list a bunch of random facts that I remember in the hope that someone will recognize it. I'm not sure of the names I list below, so please take the names with a grain of salt.

  • The novel centered around and was told from the perspective of a warlord. He had been resurrected(?) along with 10 or so others to lead armies and conquer. He could use magic and change his appearance.
  • I remember that the first use of his magic was to conjure a heavy fur cape after he is resurrected.
  • He and the others each fill a goblet with blood and pass it around to learn about each other.
  • He carries a marble in the crook of his elbow that contains the soul of a giant/ogre/troll(something) that he captured and uses to spy.
  • He ran the [giant's] people off a cliff and captured the leaders soul when the leader stabbed himself in the neck rather than jump.
  • The more magic that he uses the more he transforms into a dragon. I think two of the other characters are Saffa Firehair and Bors.
  • Bors started transforming into a dragon at some point and went crazy for a couple of years while he gathered the magic to complete the dragon.
  • There was some super powerful character, the one who resurrected and controlled the twelve, who was imprisoned in a block of obsidian.
  • The twelve revolted and tried to kill him, but were unable to and so imprisoned him instead.

These are most of the facts that I can remember. Thank you to anyone that can help me to identify the book, or at least clarify/add to the details I can't remember clearly.

  • Can you clarify what you mean by "to lead armies and concur"? Does that mean to act with those 10 others? – FuzzyBoots Oct 21 '16 at 4:09
  • Sorry, that was an auto-correct typo I overlooked. I meant conquer. As far as the group, they seem to be adversarial allies. The work together at times, but the have also attacked and fought with each other. – Crimson Helix Oct 21 '16 at 4:26
  • Aeren Firehair = en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hero_and_the_Crown – Valorum Oct 21 '16 at 12:16
  • I've read that book, and enjoyed it, but that's not the one I'm thinking of. Thanks for the suggestion though. – Crimson Helix Oct 21 '16 at 19:16

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