Return to Honor by Brian McClellan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
My very first thought on Return to Honor is that I definitely enjoyed it.
Return to Honor is a straight forward story that takes place in between Promise of Blood and The Crimson Campaign. Field Marshal Tamas gives Vlora a solo mission to track down a prielight guard who worked for Charelmund and has information that exposes Adran plans and numbers.[Shortly into the story we see Colonel Verundish and Olem. Verundish appears only briefly, but Olem is an integral part of the story. It's always great to that Olem is always solid and dependable. (hide spoiler)]
The short story has the familiar feel of the Powder Mage world while reinforcing certain points from the series such as an extremely skilled swordsman being capable of holding off or defeating a powder mage.
It was good to get Vlora's internal monologue since she's the most hated person on Tamas's side over cheating on Taniel. She's clearly torn up over the repercussions of cheating on Taniel, particularly the loss of her adoptive father's love.
On a side rant How weird was Taniel and Vlora's relationship? They grew up together and were practically siblings. I guess it would at least make holidays easy having the same father.
Overall 4 out of 5 stars. This is for anyone who likes the Powder Mage trilogy, short stories, and novellas.
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