His Own Good Sword
Tyren Risto had a promising career in the Imperial army as the second son of the district’s governor. He just got his commission, so why is he afraid to go home and bear the scorn when his father learns of where he has been posted? Because it is Souvin, the armpit of the Empire’s outlands, an obscure and disgraceful post. The posting is punishment, not reward, and what did he do to deserve punishment? He humiliated a powerful family’s spoiled scion. But Tyren always believed in the justice of the Empire and in doing his duty. The trouble is he sees his duty as being to uphold the ideals, not the reality, of the politically corrupt Empire. That leads him to take actions to protect rebels and ultimately to being charged with treason.
One can only hope this novel is, though there is no such indication, the first of a series, because it ends quite abruptly with no warning and with unresolved plot lines. Up until this point it was a ripping good read, a terrific and thoughtful adventure story with one of the most original interpretations of the Arthurian legend this reviewer has ever read. Though not exactly the Roman Empire, the fictional Empire in this novel is as good as. The names are often so similar that the reader is advised to keep notes. This is a clever and thoroughly enjoyable book with lots of potential should the author choose to finish the tale.