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GENRE: Historical Fantasy Romance
“How do you get over that?” he asked the commander who had issued the order to burn bodies.
“You don’t,” that one said, flashing him a smile in the dark. Sergius could see it by the light of hundreds of torches they had lit not only for themselves, but also for the Domidians. An intimidating display suggesting great numbers of troops was a mental game.
“You burn them,” the other man said.
“You’ll burn down the whole city!” Sergius protested.
“Yes,” his commander admitted. “People are going to die in there.”
It was a sound battle tactic, keeping his troops from being targeted by those on the walls, but directly contravened their orders to spare Omanis. Sergius’s entire mission would be jeopardized before he even had time to begin.
“If you burn their city, they will never work with us! King Yuri’s order was to spare them, not just their sheep.”
The commander shrugged. “My orders were to keep my men alive.”
It was a complete failure of imagination. Sergius felt his temper hit the top of his skull.
Believe it and make them believe it.
“You are relieved of your command,” he said.
The other man looked at him as if he had lost his mind. “On whose authority?”
“Mine,” Sergius said. “I am Sergius Magistri, cousin to King Yuri, and you are relieved.”
The commander hesitated.
“NOW!” Sergius bellowed. He beckoned imperiously to two Havacian troopers on either side of the commander. “Take him.”
Not waiting to see if they had obeyed, he spun his horse in a deliberate move he had learned from his father, forking him with one spur, making Arrow rear. It gave better visibility.
“Omanis!” he screamed. “Follow me or your people die.”
The Emperator by author Miriam Newman is a well written historical fantasy novel. The two main characters aren’t perfect, but they are well-rounded and their development throughout the story is even and consistent.
The atmosphere suits the story very well, the battles are well thought out and add a colorful layer to the overall story. The last chapter brought everything to a satisfying conclusion. The Emperator is a highly recommended read.