"Blood And Iron" by Jon Sprunk wasn't like anything I was expecting. Heck it wasn't even my typical genre but I really enjoyed the story. The collection of characters was fully unique and I found each and every one likable if not easily relatable. And not only were the characters great but the world building was masterfully done. I must applaud the true inspiration behind this novel.
This is a promising start to an awesome epic fantasy that anyone could enjoy. Horace Delrosa is one heck of a magic user and I can't think of a better character to spur this series along. Though there are some dark elements to this book I am eager to see what happens next!
Horace Delrosa has faced many bad times but always manages to find a way of making his life worth living. When his hidden magical abilities present he draws the attention of power hungry queen, where he becomes her personal slave. But when Horace and the other slaves unite only true power will set them free.
This action-heavy EPIC FANTASY SERIES OPENER is like a sword-and-sorcery Spartacus set in a richly-imagined world.
It starts with a shipwreck following a magical storm at sea. Horace, a soldier from the west, had joined the Great Crusade against the heathens of Akeshia after the deaths of his wife and son from plague. When he washes ashore, he finds himself at the mercy of the very people he was sent to kill, who speak a language and have a culture and customs he doesn't even begin to understand.
Not long after, Horace is pressed into service as a house slave. But this doesn't last. The Akeshians discover that Horace was a latent sorcerer, and he is catapulted from the chains of a slave to the halls of power in the queen's court. Together with Jirom, an ex-mercenary and gladiator, and Alyra, a spy in the court, he will seek a path to free himself and the empire's caste of slaves from a system where every man and woman must pay the price of blood or iron. Before the end, Horace will have paid dearly in both.