Stiger : Chronicles of an Imperial Legionary Officer

  • by Marc Alan Edelheit
  • Narrated by Steven Brand
  • Series: Chronicles of an Imperial Legionary Officer
  • 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The long awaited prequel to the award-winning Chronicles of an Imperial Legionary Officer series that started with the best-selling military fantasy book Stiger's Tigers.
A nobleman from an infamous family, Ben Stiger finds himself freshly assigned to Third Legion, Seventh Company as a lowly lieutenant in the opening stages of war between the Empire and the Kingdom of the Rivan. Third Legion has been tasked with pursuing a retreating Rivan army back to the border where the Empire can take the fight into enemy territory. However, a major obstacle stands in Third Legion's path: the river Hana. The crossing is sure to be contested and dangerous. Should Third Legion fail to force a crossing, the entire campaign could grind to a disastrous halt.
This is Stiger's first military appointment. Inexperienced, young and unsure of himself, Stiger is ostracized by his fellow lieutenants. Worse, he's been placed under the command of an incompetent officer. With life and reputation on the line, he must learn to understand men far beneath his station and lead them into battle. Stiger struggles not only against the enemy, but against his family's history and his own side to prove himself worthy of serving the empire he loves and earning the respect of the men he leads.
Set amidst the backdrop of an epic war, there are greater forces at work than the young Stiger can even begin to imagine, setting him on the dangerous and lonely path of destiny.
Note: This is a prequel novel. To avoid unwanted surprises or spoilers, it is recommended to begin the series with Stiger's Tigers, Book 1 of the Chronicles of an Imperial Legionary Officer series. However, if that sort of thing does not bother you, feel free to dive in and enjoy the adventure.

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Interesting Diversion

I am one of the few who have very much enjoyed this series. It is a niche with its rare mix of gritty historical style fiction based on the Roman legions and classic fantasy. This takes us back in time to the start of Stiger's military career. It focuses very much on that side of it with much of the fantasy pared back to almost nothing. Given the relative scarcity of magic and mystical races in this world that is perfectly reasonable and consistent with Stiger's knowledge of them in the previous books.

We are given some great background to Stiger's development as an army officer and how his attitudes changed over time. It's a very enjoyable story which passed by in what seemed like a very small amount of time. The battle scenes are once again very well described.

In all an interesting diversion and I'd be happy to read more of this back story . . . though not at the expense of seeing the main storyline resume!
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- Simon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-03-2017
  • Publisher: Podium Publishing