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READ & DOWNLOAD Ç Sunset Mantle ´ Hero General OutcastWith a single blow Cete won both honor and exile from his last commander Since then he has wandered looking for a place to call home The distant holdings of the Reach Antach offer shelter but that promise has a priceThe Reach Antach is doomedBarbarians traitors and scheming investors conspire to Hero General OutcastWith a single blow Cete won both honor and exile from his last commander Since then he has wandered looking for a place to call home The distant holdings of the Reach An. 35 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum Mantle is my first venture into Torcom’s impressive line up of novellas from their brand spanking new publishing arm It wasn’t originally on my to read list but after hearing it described as a pocket sized epic fantasy I decided I had to take a look after all The idea of a story like that packed into just over 190 print copy pages really intrigued meThe book’s protagonist is Cete a former hero now in exile Dismissed from his command both in honor and disgrace he wanders the Reaches in search for a new place to call home His travels lead him to Reach Antach a settlement doomed to fall in the coming storm of infighting among several factions But before Cete can turn on his heels and leave a chance meeting with a blind woman in her shop changes everythingHanging there on display is the sunset mantle beauty and light embroidered in cloth The fine craftsmanship touches Cete in a way he cannot understand; all he knows is that he must have it and if he can’t he would want to commission a garment for himself from the shopkeeper and weaver Marelle To afford the commission and to stay in Reach Antach Cete would have to find employment and to find employment Cete was going to have to go back to doing what he knows best Once a fighting man always a fighting man However being in the army also means being embroiled in the politics and schemes of the various clans trying to destroy Reach Antach and even as his relationship with Marelle deepens Cete’s fight eventually becomes than just the mantle and even than loveThis story left with mixed feelings On the one hand I am beyond impressed with author Alter S Reiss’s marvelous success at laying out Cete’s journey from outcast to legendary warrior all within this very slim volume Sunset Mantle is not a “true” epic fantasy per se with no magical element and nor does it span a gazillion kingdoms or have enough points of view to populate a small village There is however enough political intrigue to fill two fantasy worlds This degree of complexity is not something I would have expected from a novella and it also makes the scope of the story feel much much bigger than the thin slice of what we get to see Reiss gets a lot accomplished in under two hundred pages than it takes some other authors to do the same thing in novels three to four times as thick It does have a way of making you stop and wonder just how much gratuitous or unnecessary flourish goes into some of these doorstoppersI also really liked Cete as a protagonist as well as the nature of his relationship with Marelle which goes much deeper than a romantic union The trust and honesty between them is a rare thing to find indeed even between two lovers Cete sees Marelle as his eual taking her guidance and respecting her need to do what she believes is right even if it means letting her put herself in harm’s way Cete also treats his own soldiers with that same practical respect He is a man of honor and duty as evidenced by the loyalty he shows Reach Antach even though he came to them as a stranger and outcast Other highlights include the battle scenes which are uick but powerful making the most out of the restrictive page countThat said the book wastes no words in establishing the situation surrounding Reach Antach and the city clans Blink and you could potentially miss something important Ironically it made Sunset Mantle a slower read and it doesn’t give you much time to chew on the plot or characters In fact most of my uestions came later after I had finished the book and had some time to mull over what I just read It made me realize a lack of background information made the story a little harder to understand and sometimes that uncertainty or need to re read a passage or two distracted from my enjoyment and prevented me from being fully engaged Simply put the overall style of the narrative begs to be savored but the format is not that well suited for itStill there’s something to be said about something as special as Sunset Mantle It’s true I would have preferred a bit breathing room but that is not an uncommon complaint from me when it comes to novellas and short fiction I’m usually very picky about this format which is probably why I don’t read as much of it as I should All things considered I was actually uite pleased with this novella which for me is saying a lot

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Tach offer shelter but that promise has a priceThe Reach Antach is doomedBarbarians traitors and scheming investors conspire to destroy the burgeoning settlement A wise man would move on bu. Very competently written book done in a style that reminded me of Gemmell However it's just not the sort of book that grips me too much focus on military manoeuvres so despite several solid characters and interesting world building I didn't truly enjoy this one No fault of the book there

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Sunset MantleT Cete has found reason to stay A blind weaver woman and the beautiful sunset mantle lure the warrior to wager everything he has left on one final chance to turn back the hungry tides of wa. Very well done a meaty sword story no sorcery none of the usual motivations of SS outside a thirst for fighting a love of war this is a story with heft with weight with beauty reminiscent of a Gemmell tale and character well worth the two to three hours to read filled with honor and nobleness and sacrifice and love and hope and blood a long time ago in a galaxy far away I almost published an Alter S Reiss tale; I would have been thrilled to publish this one