Lynx is a mercenary with a sense of honour; a dying breed in the Riven Kingdom. Failed by the nation he served and weary of the skirmishes that plague the continent's principalities, he walks the land in search of purpose. He wants for little so bodyguard work keeps his belly full and his mage-gun loaded. It might never bring a man fame or wealth, but he's not forced to rely on others or kill without cause.
Little could compel Lynx to join a mercenary company, but he won't turn his back on a kidnapped girl. At least the job seems simple enough; the mercenaries less stupid and vicious than most he's met over the years.
So long as there are no surprises or hidden agendas along the way, it should work out fine.
Dark humor and mayhem are the order of the day in Lloyd's enjoyable epic fantasy series launch. Interwoven multiple point-of-view characters and timelines immerse the reader immediately in the action, while allowing for gradual revelations about the world and greater context. Soldier and occasional mercenary Lynx brings both muscle and strategic skills to the Cards, a merc team led by commanders Anatin and Payl. The book opens with a rescue gone awry that gets the Cards in trouble with the religious Knights-Charnel, and soon the mercenaries are fleeing a number of dangerous enemies. Lynx was an increasingly reluctant participant in the wars of conquest of his native nation, So Han, and this history lends depth to his character. Lloyd (the Twilight Reign series) makes good use of limited magic, mostly in the form of creatively deadly weapons, and the detailed battle scenes will keep readers engaged, even when the pace falters a little in the final third of the book.