A Jade Falcon novel? Count me in. I’m not weighing in on their current political slant. I’m looking at this for story potential. No matter how you cut it, the Falcons are ripe for stories given that their leader is bent on victory above all else and sees terror as a ‘soft and cuddly’ way to keep people in-line. It opens the doors for a lot of great stories about those that follow Malvina Hazen, and those that don’t.
This is the latter.
It is the story of Archer Pryde, who is not a believer of the Mongol Doctrine. I won’t ruin the story for you, but a lot of the conflict is him against his enemies and his own leadership. That alone makes for a good foundation for a character and story.
I liked the story. It was respectful of the events in The Anvil and other Dark Ages material. With new authors in the universe, I look to that carefully. The canon-road is a difficult one to walk. Archer has a fairly narrow arc for development, which is just fine. Personally, I think it would have been cool to see an arc for Archer’s commander as well. We really haven’t gotten a look at how warriors mentally justify some of the war crimes of the Chinngis Khan. I think that would have been a neat counterpoint to Archer’s journey…but then again, that’s just me and my taste.
This is not a story of sweeping changes in the universe, but does give us a glimpse into Jade Falcon occupation that frankly, we rarely see. Overall, I enjoyed the story. It ends on a quasi-cliffhanger. I recommend reading this story in the coming months…hint, hint.