The Thousand Names

ROC: NAL. (Shadow Campaigns, Bk. 1).Jul. 2013. 512p. ISBN 9780451465108. $25.95. FANTASY
Assigned to a remote outpost of the Vordanai empire, Capt. Marcus d'Ivoire faces an uprising from the occupied locals. Among his ranks is Winter Ihernglass, who fled the juvenile "prison" orphanage where she grew up and now masquerades as a male soldier. When Col. Janus bet Vhalnich arrives to reinforce the Vordanai troops, he demonstrates both his military genius as well as a disturbing propensity to seek out the supernatural to advance his own power.
VERDICT The author of Shinigami and Memories of Empire launches an epic fantasy of military might and magical conflict. Guns and swords blend with magic and other supernatural phenomena in this tale of complex people caught up in world-shaking circumstances.
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