The Empire has declared war on the small, were-ruled kingdom of Aydori, capturing five women of the Mage-Pack, including the wife of the were Pack-leader. With the Pack off defending the border, it falls to Mirian Maylin and Tomas Hagen—she a low-level mage, he younger brother to the Pack-leader—to save them. Together the two set out on the kidnappers’ trail, racing into the heart of enemy territory. But with every step the odds against their survival, let alone their success, grow steeper..
I liked this, it was fantasy, but at the same time it did not even feel like fantasy all the time cos it was different.
We have the BIG Empire that wants more land. They, oh let's say they are steampunk, or well just industrialized. But you get the point.
Then there is Aydori. Where Mages and Pack live together. Mages who if they canm marry Pack and have more mages or puppies.
Then the bad Empire comes with soldiers and silver bullets. FU Empire! They call the Pack abominations and if you can show a pelt you get money. Innocents are dying and the Emperor is insane.
I know right, what a good premise!
Our hero is Mirian a failed mage escapes being captures and then sets out to save others. Her I liked, and what she could do.
Then we have Thomas, a wolf, who helps her because the road is long and many dangers lay ahead.
We also gets to see how the captured mages are faring. I kept rooting for them, and Mirian, and hoped to see the Empire burn.
I liked how most are flawed. Shit goes down. It gets bad. People are people and will do what they must to survive
The end, is an ending. But I do want more. The world was so fascinating and I'd like to explore it more. But for now I am happy with a book that ended in one.
My favorite Huff book to date.
eh, ok I guess
Paperback, 496 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by DAW