Abandoned and cut off from friendly lines, Stiger takes the fight to the enemy!
A nobleman from an infamous family, an imperial legionary officer, a fighter, and a right proper bastard of a man...
Captain Ben Stiger captured Castle Vrell and rid it of a minion of a dark god. Now he finds himself cut off from the empire, with a hostile rebel army marching on the legion's fortress where they guard the entrance to Vrell Valley. It is not in Stiger's nature to simply wait for the enemy. Badly outnumbered and facing odds greater than 20 to one, he sets out to impede the enemy's advance and show them the steel that the legions are made of.
To help him on his way he has the services of his friend, Eli, one of the last remaining elven rangers. As if matters could not get worse, an army of dwarves is preparing to retake Castle Vrell, a sacred place they name Grata'Kor.
There are forces at play greater than Stiger can imagine. To survive he must contend with not only a well-supported rebel army but also a hostile dwarven nation intent on fulfilling a mysterious prophecy that has the potential to shatter the world and bring ruin to the empire.
The battle to save the empire and the world continues in this action-packed adventure.
©2015 Marc Alan Edelheit (P)2016 Podium Publishing
A man with a child in his ears
This series is fast nestling nicely into my “guilty pleasures” category. I am a bit disappointed to see that it hasn’t managed to appeal to greater numbers but I can understand that a fantasy / military history cross-over is not going to appeal to the widest audience. This is however great fun and the second book very much ups the ante from the previous one in terms of non-stop action. Most of the book is spent describing a fabulous fighting retreat by the Tigers which I found very compelling listening.
While there is also a strong fantasy element though that doesn't dominate the action. The book also includes some important scene setting for what promises to be one almighty battle in the next book. The Dwarves are threatening, but for which side is the key question! Either way in this one the action comes thick and fast and it’s all very well narrated by Steven Brand, I think this fast pace within the story line is very well suited to his narration style.
So yes as I mentioned in my review of the opening book this series is a quirky one but if you feel like you want to try something fast-paced and full of action this series feels like a reasonable place to start. I will be there pretty much as soon as the next one is released!
"better and better"
Great new series, combining a fictional Roman war with Fantasy. The first book was good, but a bit slow to develop. The author needed time to develop his characters and kills a few off in the action packed second book.
"Great new melding of two of my favorite genres."
As a big fan of Douglas Jackson's "Hero of Rome" etc and the occasional fantasy romp I was pleased with the detailed look at a new concept.. a Roman legionary surrounded by elves, dwarves, and magic!
"Love the series, great narrator"
Listened to the first chapter of the first book and was immediately hooked. Looking forward to more,
Really excellent book I can't wait for the next one. Great story I usually don't like magic added in but this was so interesting and very well written. I can't wait to see what is in store for the Tigers.
"great story. great narrarator. however too short"
books should be combined.
the story is fascinating however. he truly has a way with battle fantasy without being overly cruel or gore stuck. also Steven brand is an amazing narrarator
"Roman like fantasy military"
lots of action, no romance, fair amount of conversation, fair descriptions. good military fantasy adventure.
loved it. loved the first one too. really looking forward to the next one.
"No surprises if you have read Book 1"
If you enjoyed book one in this series, you will not be disappointed by this next installment. The story continues pretty much in the same vein as book one, although the fantasy and magick elements become more important to the story. I think the series would have been better without those, especially the ersatz Jesuit priest who has now taken up faith healing as well as suggesting confessionals might be used to buy healing for the repentant sinners, but that's just me. Through both of these volumes I get the distinct impression of a "made for tv movie" series. The only element missing so far has been the romantic tensions you'd need for that, but hints of that coming attraction have begun to manifest themselves a bit in book two.
All in all, if you enjoyed the first book, I think you will enjoy this one as well.
Loved it! Good introduction to the series and characters. Interesting combination of Romance legion, elves, dwarves.
well written, with well develped characters, interesting plot and twists. Military settings and actions are well done. Naration is perfect.
"Fantastic Example of the Genre!"
No sophomore slump here! Stiger and his company, etal. march on! New players and mysteries are revealed as Stiger's world is fleshed out for us, the eager listeners. Even Mr. Brand's narration seemed to be catching up with Mr. Edelheit's fiction! Mr. Edelheit has given himself a virtual blank canvas to weave his tale upon while remaining relatively grounded upon an historical framework. Sounds counterintuitive and oxymoronic but it just works splendidly.
For those interested, it's my understanding that Book 3 is coming out in audible in late August. early September. Mr. Edelheit is also working on a prequel to Book 1.
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