Dreibrand Veta has killed for his country. At the frontlines of imperial expansion, he seeks to rebuild the fortune of his noble family. In his daring travels he encounters the rys, a race far more powerful than the human empire that bred him. Dreibrand cannot defy the rys Queen Onja nor defend his companion, Miranda, and her children from the wicked tyrant Queen.
Desperate for help, Dreibrand and Miranda join Shan, a rys with emerging powers who plans to challenge Onja. In Shan’s pursuit of the rys throne, he exerts his magical powers, gathers his allies, and incites rebellion among Onja’s human subjects.
Great wealth and power will reward the kings, warriors, and spies that align themselves with the rys pretender, but defeat could mean worse than death. Onja can imprison souls and her genocidal rage is legendary. Everything is at risk for Shan’s union of renegades.
Quotes from Dreibrand Veta
To his lover, Miranda:
“I admit that not all things I do are good, but I will always do good by you. That I can promise.”
In war council:
“I will crush them in a week. Two at most.” His eyes smoldered with the potencies of his conviction. Dreibrand’s pledge was no fanciful boast. He knew how to be a successful warmonger, and he remembered the burning cities and the conquered weighted by their chains. Dreibrand did not need to hate his enemy, only desire its destruction.
To General Kwan:
“To what end was your guidance supposed to take me?” Dreibrand asked bitterly. “So I could be sent on your official errands? So I could count slaves?”
For a fantasy hero who dares to fight overwhelming evil and struggles to balance doing what is right against the demands of leadership, read The Rys Chronicles fantasy series. You can download the first novel Union of Renegades for free at:
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