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Of Limited Loyalty by Michael A. Stackpole

Of Limited Loyalty

by Michael A. Stackpole

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Title: Of Limited Loyalty
Series: Crown Colonies
Author: Michael Stackpole
Rating: of 5 Battle Axes
Genre: SFF
Pages: 483
Format: Kindle


Several years after the events in the previous book, the Crown sends another agent to investigate a splinter group that has gone its own way and is looking to establish itself as an autonomous town.
What that agent, along with Owen Strake and the rest of the gang, find is Cthulhu'ic and a menace to the whole world. Can an understaffed,under-dragon'ed and under-magic'd group of people survive?

My Thoughts:
I knocked off 2 stars because this is NOT a duology. It is a series that has apparently been abandoned.
Good story, lots of action, magic, intrigue and stuff. But the ending is a cliffhanger and not a wrapping up of the story. Considering book 1 was released in '10, book 2 in '11 [this book] and nothing has been made mention, that I could see, on Stackpole's site about a continuation, I am forced to accept the fact that Stackpole bailed out, again.

I think I shall have to be done with Stackpole's books until such a time as he finishes a series or goes back to writing stand alone novels. That I could handle. " ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
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1767. In the three years since defeating the Tharyngians at Anvil Lake, The Crown Colonies of Mystria have prospered. Colonists, whether hunting for new land or the Promised Land of prophecy, have pushed beyond the bounds of charters granted by the Queen of Norisle. Some of these new communities have even had the temerity to tell the Crown they are no longer subject to its authorities. To survey the full extent of the western expansion, the Crown has sent Colonel Ian Rathfield to join Nathaniel Woods, Owen Strake, and Kamiskwa on an expedition into the Mystrian interior. They discover a land full of isolated and unique communities, each shaped in accord with the ideals of the founders. Conflicts abound among them, and old enemies show up at the least useful moments. Worse yet, lurking out there is a menace which the Twilight People only know from folklore as the Antedeluvians; and westward penetration stumbles into their lands and awakens them. Alerted to this threat by his men, Prince Vlad petitions the Crown to send troops and supplies to destroy this new and terrifying enemy. The Crown refuses, citing massive debts from the last war. They dismiss Vlad's claims as fantasy, and impose a series of taxes on Mystrian trade to finance their own recovery. Faced with fighting an inhuman foe in a land seething with resentment against the Crown, Vlad must unite the Colonies in a common cause, or preside over their complete destruction.… (more)

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