Valley of the Free is the prequel in Sliter's Pandemonium Rising series, following the early adventures of Ferl and the creation of his mercenary company.
Top 5 Wednesday's prompt today is Fitness and Training Regimens. In fantasy/adventure type fiction, I swear some of these characters have lethal skills and would probably be elite athletes. So, how did they learn their skills and how much effort went into it? These are characters that I would like to see their fitness/training routines.
The second book in Pandemonium Rising, Michael Sliter continues to both torment and awe his readers. The characters have grown, but that may be the only glimpse of hope in this gods-forsaken book. With each passing page, there is a new betrayal, a new obstacle, a new sacrifice waiting to be made. And yet, our protagonists continue to prevail.
Top 5 Wednesday's prompt today is writing styles. These are the books that have a truly beautiful or immersive writing style.
With the multiple POVs strewn throughout the book of main and secondary characters alike, the reader gets several different views of this magical world of Ardia, each with a unique perspective. All of the main characters come from extremely different circumstances, and yet all share a history of trauma and ostracism, further creating conflict and emotion throughout the story. In essence, the Little Duke is creating a war with his nobles, attempting to unite Ardia under one rule, and at the same time, The House and Recherche Oletta (perhaps the real powers in Ardia) wage a secret war, each attempting to undermine the power of the other. Our main characters are simply pawns in these two wars, trussed up and strung to move one war or the other on a whim of one of the 4 separate powers. That is, unless they decide to go against orders and take their lives into their own hands