Author: Mark Stone
Rating: 5 stars
Caderyn Fortis has been many things—loyal husband, soldier, war veteran, public servant. Now he is a fallen nobilis and gambling addict, an alcoholic who never got over the murder of his wife. In his darkest hour an opportunity comes that can help him recover his self-worth and make up for the mistakes that cost him his wife. All he has to do? Discover who kidnapped a young woman and where they took her, then rescue her. He must do this while not alienating his employer—the best suspect—or falling in love with the woman helping him.
Review: What a spectacular fantasy novel. Caderyn has been many things, but now he's mostly an alcoholic who never got past his wife's murder. He agrees to be hired by the proconsul, and rescue a young woman who got kidnapped. Quite reminiscent of the Roman era, this is an amazing setting and the world-building is top notch. I felt the world of Calasade come alive from the pages. The story is intriguing, and the characters are realistic.