I’m thoroughly enjoying “The Fall of Dragons“, fifth and last volume in Miles Cameron’s Traitor Son cycle, which has just been published.
It’s an impressive and profound conclusion to the series. The only thing wrong with it is that it’s the last book in the cycle! The blurb reads:
In the climax of the Traitor Son Cycle, the allied armies of the Wild and the Kingdoms of men and women must face Ash for control of the gates to the hermetical universe, and for control of their own destinies. But exhaustion, treachery and time may all prove deadlier enemies.
In Alba, Queen Desiderata struggles to rebuild her kingdom wrecked by a year of civil war, even as the Autumn battles are fought in the west. In the Terra Antica, The Red Knight attempts to force his unwilling allies to finish the Necromancer instead of each other.
But as the last battle nears, The Red Knight makes a horrifying discovery…all of this fighting may have happened before.
I suggest reading the books in sequence, because the overall story arc will make more sense that way. The five books, in order, are:
Mr. Cameron (a pseudonym – does anyone know his real name, or the name[s] under which he’s published other books?) brings to his writing a thorough, practical background in medieval and early Renaissance arms and armor, and their use in battle. He also displays an impressive knowledge of the magical school of hermeticism, and employs it extensively as a counterpoint to more traditional religious faiths, with emphasis on Christianity in a heavily Catholic context, but also involving Orthodoxy and Islam in their primitive forms, as well as animist beliefs and traditions. It makes for a very interesting synthesis of myth and legend, faith and fantasy.
If you like military-oriented fantasy with a strongly-developed magical system, this series is for you. Highly recommended.