"It was all going so nicely, right up until the massacre."
Twenty years ago, feared general Cobalt Zosia led her five villainous captains and mercenary army into battle, wrestling monsters and toppling an empire. When there were no more titles to win and no more worlds to conquer, she retired and gave up her legend to history.
Now the peace she carved for herself has been shattered by the unprovoked slaughter of her village. Seeking bloody vengeance, Zosia heads for battle once more, but to find justice she must confront grudge-bearing enemies, once-loyal allies, and an unknown army that marches under a familiar banner.
FIVE VILLAINS. ONE LEGENDARY GENERAL. A FINAL QUEST FOR VENGEANCE.
About the Author
Alex Marshall is a pseudonym for Jesse Bullington, acclaimed author of several novels in different genres including The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart and The Enterprise of Death. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I don't read fantasy to have a political agenda shoved down my throat!
I liked the book enough to make it to the end, but this novel suffers from a few big problems. First, the book needs a heavy dose of editing. The plot often gets lost in the pointless meandering (and generally self-loathing) inner thoughts of the various POV characters. This resulted in a high level of bloat in the text that a good edit could have cut down. Second, there was not a good arc to the plot. This is one of those "first installment" novels that just kind of stops rather than wrapping up to a conclusion point. I love a good cliffhanger, but there does need to be an inherent conclusion to the story being told in THIS book. There is no real conclusion here. The story just stops at a cliffhanger point. On the positive side, I did enjoy the world-building, especially the use of Korean culture/language as the touchstone for the "Immaculates," instead of the much more common Chinese and Japanese tropes. There is a lot of promise here for a good series, but I really hope book 2 moves the story along better.
I read this book and "The Grace of Kings" back to back. I found "A Crown for Cold Silver" to be richer, more exciting, and had amazing worldbuilding. I can't wait for the next book in this saga.