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Broken Banners by Mark Gelineau and Joe King
Release date: February 15th, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
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.
Broken Banners is the second novella in a series by Mark Gelineau and Joe King. I really liked the first book, A Reaper of Stone, which I reviewed earlier and Broken Banners did not disappoint. The story takes place a few months after the events in A Reaper of Stone. Elinor and Conbert are sent to Height’s Ward Keep to transfer engineers and supplies to the Ninety-Fifth Pioneers, but something has gone wrong.
This time around the story is told in third person narration by the three main characters: Aldis, Elinor and Con. Aldis is an excellent addition to the series. He’s an old academy friend of Elinor, but now not at all like what she remembered. The theme of the novella is loyalty, pain and sacrifice. Elinor again is willing to give up her life to live up to the ideals of the “old ways” and is constantly fighting against those who go against the law (even people she believed to be friends) to stop the corruption and murder consuming the outer reaches of the kingdom.
Again, I think Gelineau and King did an excellent job in developing characters and further building the world of Aedaron. The novella ended on a mysterious note and I believe that with a third part the characters and plot will come full circle. I highly recommend Broken Banners and the rest of the novellas in the Echoes of the Ascended series.