A Dirge for Sabis by C.J. Cherryh and Lesliie Fish
Paperback. Condition: Good. 1989. Baen. 1st Edition.
Book #1 of The Sword of Knowledge
CAN SABIS BE SAVED?
Ancaran hordes swarm her Northern borders . . . Her armies are flung back broken upon her walls . . . Those with the wealth to do so flee daily to the lands beyond the Sea . . .
Born of brute force, the Sabirn Empire falls now to an even greater force, a force that only a weapon born half a millennium before its time could withstand. The Sabirn have such a super-weapon—but what if the rulers are too short-sighted to recognize it, or too tight-fisted to pay the price? Then truly it will be time for A Dirge for Sabis!