SOME CHOICES CAN NEVER BE UNDONE.
The Hundred, once ruled by a tainted religion and demon court, is now a place of peace and prosperity. The Black Wolves, once the king's most trusted guard, are disbanded and shamed with treason. Their captain, Kellas, finds himself standing at a crossroads where he must decide whom to serve and whom to betray. Faithful to the king's memory but shut out from his legacy, Lady Dannarah fights for the rank she was denied, while three young outcasts leave their homes to find their own destiny.
As broken alliances are guardedly rekindled and old friendships put to the test, the Hundred's past is called into question - and its very future is put at stake.
Elliott opens a trilogy set in the world of her Crossroads books with an uneven epic centered on a dynasty's internecine power struggles and the questions of correct governance in a conquered country. King Anjihosh wrested the land called the Hundred from the rule of corrupt demons, but his reign could not last forever. The loyal captain of the king's Black Wolves regiment, Kellas, attempts to protect Anjihosh's successor, King Atani, from the demons, until everything goes drastically wrong. Decades later, reputation ruined, Kellas is called out of retirement to protect yet another king and must decide where his loyalties lie and whether Anjihosh's wishes for the well-being of the Hundred still have any chance of being carried out. Elliott blends interesting characters with a well-drawn world and occasional powerful scenes, but the pacing is confusing and the prose is clunky. Long stretches of dullness intrude between shorter moments of the genuinely delightful. Most epics need trimming, but this one could use some extra development to help readers connect with minor characters as they undertake small but plot-necessary actions.