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Shields in Shadow: An Epic Military Fantasy Novel (The Silent Champions Book 1) Kindle Edition
Burdened with legend. Hardened by battle scars. Hellbent on bloody revenge.
As the son of a famous general, Aravon is proud to captain his own company against his people's enemy. But the experienced veteran’s march toward glory dissolves into pain as ruthless barbarians massacre every last one of his soldiers. Burning for vengeance, he leaps at the chance to spearhead a specially-trained company and pay back his tragic defeat with blood.
Desperate to not repeat his tragic past, Aravon trains his new warriors relentlessly. But the captain fears that all the tactical drills in the world may not matter when they’re forced to defend a helpless village against overwhelming odds. As his quick raids sow chaos amongst the enemy, the bloodthirsty savages threaten to make Aravon's nightmarish history repeat itself…
Can the captain take command of his fighting spirit before the kingdom falls to barbarous invaders?
Shields in Shadow is the first book in the action-packed Silent Champions military fantasy series. If you like square-jawed heroes, well-oiled military action, and epic world-building, then you’ll love Andy Peloquin’s gripping novel.
Buy Shields in Shadow to stand at the frontlines of a hero’s revenge today!
In The Silent Champions series:
Book 1: Shields in Shadow
Book 2: Battle for Peace
Book 3: Steel and Valor
Book 4: Courage to Sacrifice
Book 5: Ragged Heroes -- (companion novel)
Book 6: The Last March -- (companion novel)
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#1 Bestseller in Nordic Myth & Legend Fantasy eBooks Amazon CA
#1 New Release in Military Fantasy Amazon US
The Silent Champions follows Captain Aravon and his specially chosen elite warriors (7 in all) as they face enemy hordes in impossible battles. With no magic (beyond a bit of healing magic), all they've got is human ingenuity and tactical genius to carry them through the war alive. It's a story of action and battle and bloodshed, but at its core, it's all about the characters:
- Captain Aravon, the lone survivor of an ambush that massacred his entire company
- Colborn, a half-breed who has lived a life of misery and hardship
- Belthar, a giant with a heart as big as it is soft and easily hurt
- Skathi, an archer who has had to fight every day of her life in the military
- Noll, a snarky scout whose prickly demeanor hides his true goodness
- Zaharis, a mute alchemist and priest on a quest for an impossible treasure
- Rangvaldr, a healer with the heart of a warrior and a burning desire for a land of peace
- ASIN : B07WNK923M
- Publisher : The Fantasy Fiends Publishing Inc. (September 3, 2019)
- Publication date : September 3, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 4052 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 375 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #103,047 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The author did a great job of getting me to care deeply about the main character and his companions. The characters are strong and each have their own personalities, strengths, struggles, and motivations. We learn a lot about them, but there’s still plenty more to discover, I can’t wait for the next installment in the series!
The enemies are very believable, terrifying, and thirsty for blood. Our heroes will be pushed to their limits and beyond in their mission to protect their Prince’s lands and their own loved ones.
The action builds steadily throughout the story, the stakes getting higher as time goes on, there are no boring sections. The conflict is one I found easy to care about. Even though it’s clear the author knows what he’s talking about with weapons and maneuvers and such, he uses descriptions and explanations that anyone can understand.
The author is truly an artist with words, he effortlessly painted a world that was easy for me to step right into and get lost in. It was a wild ride. I will be reading everything I can get my hands on by Andy Peloquin.
I must say the characters in this book are very well written and complex . Aravon is a strong man who has some flaws that make him such a good character. He is strong and commanding in a good way . He is the lone survivor of a massacre that has shaped into the man he is . The people in his company Colburn has lived a life of hardship as a half breed . He is one of a kind. I liked him . Then there is Belthar , he is a gentle giant that is so sweet but also so much in pain . You can feel it when he talks he is very closed off and quiet. You will want to hug him and keep him safe . Skathi is the only woman archer and she is strong and can fight with the best of them . You really don't want to mess with her, she is also hiding some pain from her past . I loved her character and she really does put the boys in their place . Noll is snarky but deep inside he has a heart of gold and there is a goodness deep down that you will love when he brings it out . Zaharis is a secret keeper , mute but a great alchemist and he is also on the hunt for something that might not even exsist . Last but not least is Ranvladr a sweet man and a healer who has the heart of the biggest warrior but honestly just really wants peace . I loved all these characters and the way they interact with each other and will lay their lives on the line for each other when push comes to shove .
Ok i am going to tell you right up front this is a long book but you won't notice cause the author sucks you in by chapter two . The author weaves such a fine story with great characters and such a great story line The battel scenes are well written and the twists and turns will keep you on the edge of your seat. The story weaves itself around you and puts you in the middle of the action. You will be cheering Aravon and the company on through out the story . You will also want to wrap them up in blankets and tell them that everything will be ok . So if you want a complex story with characters that will have you cheering them on this is the book for you . So if you want a great stroy that will have you reading all night long this is the book for you .
This one lassoed me, had me running all over the continent, and on the edge of my seat by the time it was over. If you're on the fence about giving this book a read, do it! You won't regret it.
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The author has done wonders with this book that feels bigger than it is, there is a little scene setting... But you are pretty much thrown into the fight straight away! The dynamic of the team works really well and continues to grow organically as the story moves forward... An attention to details and logistics doesn't slow the story or effect the pacing... And there is a genuine feel that not all will make it through their first mission together. The action of which there is plenty is well described, visceral and full on... With each of them topping seven foot tall the Eirdkilrs make for an imposing and implacable enemy. Ultimately this is a story of the group and the tight bonds that form in impossible situations.... All led by a tortured and complexed individual In Aravon. This is the first book of a new series and I eagerly await the others... One last thing if you don't fall in love with Snarl... Then you haven't got a heart... Read the book and find out what I mean.
Some aspects of this are done really very well indeed and I count the characterisations and development of characters throughout the novel as one of these aspects. All seven of our key characters are drawn out in wonderful detail, each with their own flaws and issues and yet each playing a key part in the formation of this little band of fighters. Aravon is depicted well as a man living in the shadow of his famous father and yet trying to lead in his own distinctive and caring way. The group around him are no less individual with a giant with a heart of absolute gold, even as he flings enemies across the fields with his axe, a snarky scout with a talent for really hacking off the ladies and a chip on his shoulder about the massacre of his former company, a master at sneaking through terrain and a talented and fiercely independent female archer. Adding to this you then have a Secret-Keeper with a talent for cooking up masterpieces of alchemy and tricks yet also handy with a weapon and a Mender who is deeply uncomfortable about sticking people with the pointy end of a sword as his life is dedicated to patching the holes up rather than making them. The team is chucked together and Peloquin manages to capture the building of trust and strength into a cohesive unit perfectly. Each and every one of the characters manages to stand out in their own right.
The story is undeniably dark with one hell of a lot of blood shed and risks taken, but the way these characters and their relationships are built and formed adds a degree of levity to what could otherwise simply be grim slaughter after slaughter. This is very much needed because the story goes from one pitched battle to another and then another, all fighting what seem like impossible odds. When our characters aren't trying to not get killed they are journeying towards another battle in which they may well get killed. Whilst this certainly keeps you on your toes, I found that it became rather samey after a while and therefore lacked the depth, passion and intensity that I found so powerful in Peloquin's other series, Child of the Night Guild. There's only so much hacking and slashing that I can take before it starts to lose the power and meaning and my limit was surpassed here. That said, Peloquin certainly knows how to write a fraught battle scene. I also found some of the logistics and figures somewhat inconsistent such as when we have been told so many times about the brilliance of these archers and yet after loosing thousands of arrows they have only taken down a couple hundred of the enemy.
The world building also seemed lacking in some ways - whilst we get introduced to some of the aspects of magic and mystery, much of the background of this world hasn't yet been filled in. I would have liked to see more of this kind of attention in favour of removing a few of the hack, slash, beat 'em up scenes. What we do get is certainly interesting and I am really interested to find out more, particularly about that mysterious group of Secret Keepers, there just wasn't quite enough of it for me. That's a very personal note though as the style of writing will be far more suitable for someone who takes great joy in the violence of the action scenes. Everyone is individual and this will undoubtedly strike exactly the right notes for some people.
So, all in all? I'm interested but not enthralled. I will certainly read the follow on in the series because I really enjoyed witnessing the way the characters interacted. Peloquin has also set himself up with an intriguing mystery to solve as the potential focus of the next storyline and I am keen to see where he takes this as it could be a very different tone indeed depending on what path he chooses to take.