Broken Banners by Mark Gelineau and Joe King *Review
Posted by brriske
Slaughtered and left for crows, soldiers of the King’s Army lay dead in a field. A grim reminder: the king’s law ends at the gates of the capital.
Elinor fought for what she believed and now she is an outcast. No soldier will follow her. No officer will stand with her. Yet when she finds her brothers and sisters slaughtered, she cannot turn her back on them.
Long ago, they swore an oath. Not to the king, but to each other.
And woe to those who break that bond.
After her disregard to kneel at Timberline and her insistence to do what was right, damn the cost, Elinor is punished and stripped of her command. She is to turn her command over to her Academy friend, Aldis, Lieutenant of the Ninety-Fifth. Aldis and his engineers should have stripped Height’s Ward Keep by the time Elinor’s rag-tag band of what’s left of her engineers get there, but in the field not far from the keep Elinor and her Journeyman Engineer Conbert ran upon bodies from the Ninety-fifth. Elinor and Con slowly approach the village while they leave the rest of their men in hiding. Elinor is able to find out that the new Lord of the Keep did come to take possession, but the outcast son came to stake his claim as well. He was the one that currently locked in the Keep and had run out the engineers of the Ninety-Fifth and slaughtered them in the field. They slaughtered all the villagers who opposed the new Lord. By the number of the bodies, Elinor knows that some of the Ninety-Fifth are still in prison as well as Aldis. Elinor needs to figure out what’s going on and who was playing on who’s team. Can she and the few men she has left take over the Keep and these rebels?
This was yet another good story from the Ascended. Layer by layer Genlineau and King are building a fantastic and very real world.
***Reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock.****
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Mark Gelineau: http://www.amazon.com/Mark-Gelineau/e/B00I6TQUCE
Joe King: http://www.amazon.com/Joe-King/e/B01460OK50
Author Bios (Short)
Mark and Joe have been writing and telling stories together for the last 25 years. They share a love for the classic fantasy tales of their childhood. Their Echoes of the Ascended series brings those old epic characters and worlds to new life.
Lieutenant Aldis Janen frowned as his opponent raised his blade in a crisp salute from across the dueling circle. The salute was much too sharp for a man with a large dose of poison running through him.
Damn, Aldis thought.
What had looked to be a promising day had just taken a decisive step in the opposite direction.
It had to be the bastard’s weight. Lieutenant Garm Crispin had put on considerable girth in his time leading the Forty-Second. Soft living at the feet of the warden, no doubt, Aldis thought bitterly. That extra weight had obviously been enough to slow the poison Aldis had sneaked into his wine.
Or perhaps what he bought was not poison at all. That old crone had likely given him nothing but water in that vial.
The thought rankled him.
Aldis hated being cheated.
And now, when the moron should have been shaking and wobbling, he was instead holding his blade high, waiting for Aldis to return the salute.
Loud jeers and catcalls sounded from the soldiers around them. All wore the king’s black and silver, just like Aldis and his opponent, but half sported the tan markings of the Forty-Second, while the rest bore the green of the Ninety-Fifth Pioneers, the unit Aldis commanded.
His soldiers were watching. Best not to disappoint them.
Aldis assumed his most confident smile, raised his sword with a flourish, and saluted.
And then things went to hell.