Pencheval is a Silver Lion Adept with a fierce reputation for dispatching bandits, one that has earned him accolades and no small amount of trouble. When the life wears on him, he seeks peace near the Emerald Refuge, a sanctuary for the Temple of Athesiene and place of famed serenity. Unfortunately for a talented mercenary, serenity is only a cloak for boredom and an invitation to accept assignments better left alone.
When a patrol disappears on the far side of the valley, the eager Silver Lion Adept sets out with a heavy purse and an even heavier mind. The evidence points to Goblins, a possibility that is proven with deadly speed when his group is overtaken by battle. As forces gather and wave after wave of creatures come at them, can this road weary warrior find it in himself to save them?
“Heroes are lies and fables….”
Normally, I tend to read full length novels and was a bit hesitant to read a shorter story. I enjoyed the blurb and decided to give the story a try. I'm very happy that I did. The story was well paced and it held my interest.
Pencheval is a worthy hero and warrior. I enjoyed his back story. Friar Dominik is honorable as well as brave, almost to a fault. The character of the Stonemaster is well fleshed out. He's one of the most interesting characters in the story. The fight scenes alone was worth the read, especially the final one. At the end of the story, I was looking forward to getting a copy of the next book.
Pros: well-written, fast paced, interesting mix of characters ( Bonestrippers, trolls and goblins)
I would highly recommend this story and I look forward to reading more from this author.
4 Stars out of 5