Blood and Iron (Book of the Black Earth, Book 1) by Jon Sprunk

By Jon Sprunk

This action-heavy epic delusion sequence opener is sort of a sword-and-sorcery Spartacus set in a richly-imagined world.

It starts off with a shipwreck following a mystical typhoon at sea. Horace, a soldier from the west, had joined the good campaign opposed to the heathens of Akeshia after the deaths of his spouse and son from plague. while he washes ashore, he unearths himself on the mercy of the very humans he used to be despatched to kill, who communicate a language and feature a tradition and customs he doesn't even start to understand.

Not lengthy after, Horace is pressed into carrier as a home slave. yet this doesn't final. The Akeshians observe that Horace was once a latent sorcerer, and he's catapulted from the chains of a slave to the halls of strength within the queen's courtroom. including Jirom, an ex-mercenary and gladiator, and Alyra, a undercover agent within the court docket, he'll search a route to unfastened himself and the empire's caste of slaves from a method the place each guy and girl needs to pay the cost of blood or iron. prior to the top, Horace could have paid dearly in either.

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He knew the knights were self-serving, self-seeking, interested only in glory, in hearing their names spouted by the bards. He saw through the shining armor to the spots of darkness that stained black the white purity of their souls. Their courage leaked through those spots when he confronted them, oozed out of them, and they clattered to their knees, trembling in their shining armor, and begged for mercy. Lord Soth had none to give. Who had shown him mercy? Who had heard his cries? Who heard them now?

You leave your flanks exposed, surrounded by the enemy. What about supply lines? ” “When Palanthas is ours, we resupply from there. ” Ariakas snorted. “The reds will not be used as pack mules! ” “If her Dark Majesty were to order them—” Ariakas shook his head. Kitiara sat back. Her lips pursed, her brown eyes glinted. ” Her fist clenched in her enthusiasm and passion. ” “It is too risky,” Ariakas muttered. “Yes, it is risky,” Kitiara agreed eagerly, “but there is a greater risk in allowing the knights time to organize and send in reinforcements.

Grag did see what he’d wanted to see and that was the Dark Queen’s Temple. When Istar had been destroyed by the gods, Takhisis had taken the foundation stone of the Kingpriest’s temple and carried it to a high plain in the Khalkist mountains. She placed the stone in a wooded glade and slowly the temple began to grow around it. She was secretly using the temple as a gate through which to travel to the world when her gate was inadvertently slammed shut by a young man named Berem, and his sister, Jasla.

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