Release Date: 17/09/15
Cold Cobalt, the Banshee with a Blade, First Among Villains . . . Queen Zosia
When there were no more titles to win and no more worlds to conquer, the warrior queen Zosia faked her demise and gave up her legend to history. But when violence finds its way to her door years later, she must round up her adventuring companions - each surprised to see her alive - and set out for revenge.
Time has not been kind to her old comrades, and some have only their own goals in mind. Not only that, but there's a young, beautiful and skilled general out there, gathering soldiers to her banner for a war against the deadliest of enemies. The girl is using a legend she did not earn, and calling herself by a name that was never hers - that of Zosia herself.
I’m a huge reader of epic fantasy and whilst I love the seriousness alongside development of the worlds that I’m allowed to visit, at times you want ab it of humour thrown in, that allows the story to be told by a character that fully understands that irony is sometimes the only currency that you have aplenty in life.
This title by Alex does all this, bringing a cracking female character to the fore, a woman who stands out in her world for being unusual as well as being able to set goals, achieving targets and fighting the long war knowing that battles will be lost. For me this book delivers it all, a likeable principle character, top notch supporting cast and a world that is beautifully developed. All round a book that I really recommend to epic fantasy fans looking for something a little different. I can’t wait for the next outing from Alex. Magic.