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But that was before a rebellion upended his life. And once the powder-smoke settled, he was left in charge of a demoralized force clinging tenuously to a small fortress at the edge of the desert. To flee from her past, Winter Ihernglass masqueraded as a man and enlisted as a ranker in the Vordanai Colonials, hoping only to avoid notice.

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But when chance sees her promoted to command, she must win the hearts of her men, and lead them into battle against impossible odds. But the fates of both of these soldiers, and all the men they lead, depend on the newly arrived Colonel Janus bet Vhalnich, who has been sent by the ailing king to restore order. His military genius seems to know no bounds, and under his command, Marcus and Winter can feel the tide turning.

Django Wexler graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh with degrees in creative writing and computer science, and worked for the university in artificial intelligence research. While the war depicted in the novel has the vast backdrop of an international conflict, something even larger bubbling under the surface may overtake the war itself.

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Sure, they both feature military conflict, gunpowder and hints of magic, but aside from the high quality of both novels, there are more differences than similarities, I think. I enjoyed the book a great deal, but it did take a bit for the plot to really hit its stride. Once the first quarter of the novel passed, I was glued to the pages and was very invested in the plight of all the characters, with a very strong fascination for the enigmatic Janus. Winter hides amongst the men of the military unit as a man, it is something she fears being revealed.

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Granted, before we are introduced to her, we are told of the bold actions she took to get to into the military, but perhaps the stress she is experiencing keeping her gender revealed consumes much of her thoughts. Much comes to a head when the titular MacGuffin, The Thousand Names comes more intricately woven into the plot. But where the real battle is against a subtle and sinister magic.

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Mother, Jaffa said, and bowed lower, until his forehead touched the floor. I want to start by explaining the reason I docked half a star. The thousand names book one of the shadow campaigns. The Thousand Names. There were some moments where the in- depth paragraphs of military maneuvers and battles carried on for just a touch longer than necessary. Though a prequel to The Thousand Names, I' d suggest reading it afterwards since it gives some spoilers to the first book in the series and in fact there is nothing about it that places it at any particular moment in the timeline.

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The Thousand Names : Book One of the Shadow Campaigns by Django Wexler (2013, Hardcover)

This book is Wanted or Expired. Martin did for the Wars of the Roses.

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At only 20 pages long, it was a very short, but welcome return to the world of the Shadow Campaigns.