Her body was stiff from her father's blows, her blood racing.
Gotta call Dusty before he blows me up.
He blocked it and the next two blows and then snatched a fist headed for his face, twisted her arm, and spun her.
Battles became all but bloodless; diplomacy and tactics superseded feats of arms and hard blows in pitched fields.
The horsemen were splendidly audacious in riding for long distances into the heart of a hostile country, without support, striking some terrific blows, and then returning rapidly beyond reach of pursuit.