Original Title: Broken Banners
Year Published: 2016
Published by: Gelineau & King (an arc was kindly provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)
Number of Pages: 70
First Sentence: “Lieutenant Aldis Janen frowned as his opponent raised his blade in a crisp salute from across the dueling circle.”
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
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.
I have truly come to adore these books by Gelineau and King. This is the second book in the A Reaper of Stone series and follows Elinor, an officer within the King’s guard. She has to investigate the slaughter of a regiment of troops who were supposed to take over a keep, something that is very common (the takeover, not the slaughter).
I love Elinor. She is badass yet fragile, but she never has to be saved by men (something that female heroines usually end up needing which I hate) but doesn’t belittle the men around her. She is a great leader and an amazing character.
The rest of the cast is very interesting and we meet some new characters and some return from the first book. You come to care fiercely for some and really dislike others. Just the kind of balance a good cast of characters should have.
The only bad thing about these books is that they are so short. Yes, they pack a lot of plot but all of a sudden you are at the final page and just want more. The plot however, is engaging and interesting and moves along at a steady pace.
Do I recommend it?
Yes, I do.