The empire has endured many centuries but is now threatened by multiple wars and a major rebellion in the South.
A nobleman from an infamous family, imperial legionary officer, fighter and a right proper bastard of a man… Captain Ben Stiger finds himself reassigned from a crack legion to the rebellion simmering in the South. Placed in command of a truly terrible company, the 85th Imperial Foot, he is unknowingly sent on a suicide mission to resupply an isolated outpost, the garrison of Vrell. Along the way he must rebuild his new company, gain the respect of the men he leads, survive an assassination attempt, fight bandits, rebels, and an agent of an evil god. His companions on this journey of discovery and adventure are one of the few remaining elven rangers and a paladin on a quest for the High Father.
The story is based on the central character called Ben Stiger, a imperial legionary officer. His family is known throughout the Empire for their power and influence.
The book follows Stiger as he finds himself re-assigned to a remote place in the south where rebellion is rife. The story then follows his exploits as he tries to install order back to a dishevelled group of soldiers, while tackling a rebellion.
Truth be told I wasn't expecting to enjoy the book as much as I did. I knew it would focus heavily on a military storyline and I expected that I'd have to syphon through a lot of technical jargon to get to the crux of the story, but to my joy that certainly wasn't the case.
The book was so easy to read and the story flowed effortlessly. The author didn't attempt to flood the reader with military tactics and instead made it simple for the reader to grasp what was happening.
I thought the writing was superb and the sentences were concise and to the point. There wasn't any unnecessary filling to make it bloated and tedious.
The protagonist Ben Stiger was a well developed character who you got a real feel for. He was a character that you couldn't help but root for. He was a hard, unyielding man, and exactly the type of leader you would want to follow.
There were some minor criticism though; I thought for a military fantasy there wasn't enough action/fighting. It was only until the end that we got our first taste of violence. Although the end of the book does set it up nicely for an action packed sequel.
I also thought besides Stiger, there wasn't enough development for the other characters. For example, Eli, an elf who was Stiger's right hand man, was a character that I wanted to learn more about but wasn't given the opportunity to.
The book leaves on a bit of a cliff hanger and I can't wait to read the sequel.
Out of 10 Stars:
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