The Heron Kings' Flight
Second book in the highly praised series, following the starred review by Publishers Weekly for book one.
"Readers who love medieval-esque fantasy will delight in this rousing tale of rebellion.” — Publishers Weekly starred review of Book 1 in the series
The Heron Kings have been betrayed. A century after their formation from a gang of desperate peasant insurgents, the shadowy band of forest rangers suffers a rare defeat when a skirmish turns into a bloody ambush. Their shaky truce with the crown is tested as young members Linet and Aerrus work to track down their enemies. When reluctant peacetime soldier Eyvind reveals a conspiracy to welcome the charismatic invader Phynagoras, the trio must convince a weak king and pitifully few allies to stand against the storm.
Their only hope lies in the forgotten tactics of their own guerrilla past, and a terrifying new alchemical weapon the likes of which the world had never imagined. The only question is which side will be destroyed by it first...
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Lewis returns with a high-energy, atmospheric follow-up to The Heron Kings. While on a critical mission, the eponymous independent guild of warriors are ambushed by Marchmen troops and 19 of their members are killed. Heron Kings Aerrus and Linet set out to exact revenge, but peacetime soldier Eyvind escapes unscathed. Returning to Vin Gannoni, Eyvind's surprised to learn of a planned large-scale invasion by Phynagoras, the "Emperor of Kings." Eyvind must again flee for his life when he is accused of being a spy and he finds safety in the most unlikely of places by bringing news of the invasion to the Heron Kings and forging a tentative alliance with the guild. Together, they take his discovery to King Osmund who promptly abandons his people to wait out the invasion in hiding. Now it's up to the Heron Kings themselves to form a defensive plan and halt Phynagoras's advance. Lewis makes it easy for new readers to jump into this world, and though the plot unfolds slowly due to a massive cast and myriad political fronts, there's plenty of gory action in the heart-stopping fight scenes. This pulse-pounding adventure is sure to please.