by Hugh Cook
("The Questing Hero" plus "The Hero's Return")
Assuming you've read the book, you will know that this book, THE WORDSMITHS AND THE WARGUILD, is about the adventures of Togura Poulaan, these adventures including (amongst other things) encounters with wizards, dragons, pirates and magical devices.
This book is the second book in a ten-volume series (all ten volumes of which were published in the United Kingdom as the CHRONICLES OF AN AGE OF DARKNESS), but is designed to function as a stand-alone novel, complete with a beginning, a middle and an end.
If you want to read about the futher adventures of Togura Poulaan then you're out of luck, because this book is the only book in which Togura Poulaan is a major character. He does not appear at all in the first book of the series, THE WIZARDS AND THE WARRIORS (published in North America as WIZARD WAR), a book which deals with the struggle for the control of a weapon of mass destruction known as the death stone.
The way the series works is that the major characters of one book usually only reappear (if they reappear at all) as minor characters in a subsequent book. (Or, similarly, minor characters met or mentioned in one book may reappear as major characters in a subsequent book.)
Various of the characters encountered in THE WORDSMITHS AND THE WARGUILD appear in other books in the series.
The warrior Elkor Alish features in the first book, THE WIZARDS AND THE WARRIORS.
The wizard Hostaja Torsen Sken-Pitilkin, the wizard of Drum, reappears more than once, and features prominently in the tenth and final novel of the series, THE WITCHLORD AND THE WEAPONMASTER. The full text of that book is available to read without charge online:
THE WITCHLORD AND THE WEAPONMASTER
also online is the full text of:
THE WORSHIPPERS AND THE WAY
and there is some archive material at:
which includes a:
CHRONICLES milieu map