A wonderful blend of fantasy and mythology, full of heroic action, and richly-drawn, fascinating characters!,
March 16, 2015
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This review is from: Wizard Weather (Sacred Band of Stepsons: Sacred Band Tales Book 3) (Kindle Edition)
This iconic novella introduces the Sacred Band concept to modern fiction, and the sensual delicacy with which the author handles these male/female pairs of crack fighters is worthy of note. The warriors who come to the fantasy town of Sanctuary are not the Sacred Band of Thebes, whom we see in a later novel of by Janet Morris called The Sacred Band, but a fantasy squadron who takes the name "Sacred Band of Stepsons." Add one very special Stepson called Nikodemos, and magic happens. This young hero is the book boyfriend of many ladies and gents, and for good reason. Even without Niko, this novella is spellbinding, as Tempus the Black puts together a cohort to take north to war. To add even more spice, this canonical piece of heroic fantasy also introduces Askelon, lord of dreams, and Jihan the Froth Daughter, stronger than any man and spoiled rotten. I loved these Sacred Band of Stepsons books and was happy to see Wizard Weather available as a stand-alone tale. What a great entry point for new readers to this incomparable and bestselling series.