Disgraced Chinese warrior, Liao, is a mercenary for the Kingdom of Kush. In an unprecedented decision, the Chancellor of the Han Dynasty has permitted Liao to fight in a tournament against the best warriors the empire has to offer. His presence in the epic event could restore Liao’s honor.
Liao's foes claim he has no place in the prestigious tournament. Some want his defeat in the arena, while others wish him dead by any means necessary. If Liao hopes to triumph, he must evade assassination attempts, best other competitors, and expose the plots of a Roman general bent on disrupting the tournament and plunging the Han Dynasty into a civil war.
|Publisher:||Bards and Sages Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)|
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Champion Standing (Novel)
Bonus Content: Nala's Story (Novelette)
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Mark Gardner has done an excellent job creating an ancient world, preserving the customs and traditions of the past while creating an entirely unique story. His character has a lot to prove and even more to overcome, whether he knows it or not. The action is nearly constant without being tiring or always about battle. While there is a lot of wisdom included within the pages, it’s difficult to see a lot of growth in the characters partially because of the way in which the story is told. It may simply be an element of the genre that I am not familiar with, but I would have liked to have been shown more and told less. Overall, I’ll give this one 3 stars, but with the caveat that this isn’t my usual reading and I may be judging it against inappropriate standards.