A thrilling new novella about the daring exploits of the Free, the most feared mercenary company the world has ever known
An action-packed novella from acclaimed fantasy author Brian Ruckley, following the adventures of the Free - the most feared mercenary company the world has ever seen.
For years the Free have sold their martial and magical skills to the highest bidder, winning countless victories that have overthrown kings and shaken empires.
Yulan is a newcomer to their ranks, keen to prove himself worthy of the Free's name. When corsair marauders ravage the Hommetic Kingdom's coastline, Yulan gets his chance.
His mission is simple: travel to the corsairs' island fortress, persuade their self-proclaimed king to sign a peace treaty, then head home with sword unbloodied.
Yet the crumbling fortress holds many secrets, and blades speak louder than words. Soon Yulan must fight not just for the glory of the Free, but for his very survival.
Look out for more thrilling tales of the Free:
A TALE OF THE FREE: EXILE
A TALE OF THE FREE: TYRANT
The Free is a blast to read, merging the standard medieval fantasy with Seven Samurai, complete with phenomenal set pieces of warfare and magic
Wonderfully composed action scenes and a thrilling climax
Deliberate pacing, complicated characters and vivid descriptions elevate this far above run-of-the-mill epic fantasy
Mesmerising, magical and human