This is book two of the Corean Chronicles. A new world and new protagonists that are separate from the world of Recluce. This world is locked in war between states that are mere shreds of a more pervasive and powerful defunct nation state. This book provides more information about the makeup of the defunct nation state and the cause of it's demise.
Alucius, a deadly over-captain still insists he is nothing but a herder. It is clear in this book that Alucius's talent is growing and becoming more useful. The elusive and reclusive Soarers once again intrude on Alucius's life and his wife's life.
Wenda, Alucius' wife, is developing her skills as a herder with Alucius' grandfather on their nightsheep stead.
Alucius is sent to another small country to defend it against a rampaging nomad horde. He is not in command of either his destiny or his own company. He discovers more aspects of his talent as he fights an overwhelming foe.
The political intrigue and the intrusion of the profit motive on foreign policy smacks of Iraqi war events, think Halliburton or Black Water. Modesitt writes a good story with thought provoking undertones.
The common thread, as I stated in previous Modesitt reviews is the lone soul fighting for self identity in a harsh world. Alucius finds himself on the begining of the path of self discovery. Lots of action and thought!
I highly recommend.
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