Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
A man wakes on a frozen battlefield when a scavenging couple finds him among the dead. As they nurse him back to health, he is struck with the horrible realization he can’t remember who he is or anything about his past. Taken in by the kind pair, he begins helping with their farm. She even takes him to meet her family, especially her single sister. The ideal life offered in the high mountains of Winigh is shattered when he sees a transport bringing enemy monsters to the shores below. Cut off by high snow on the pass, their fate will soon be the same as the town his company failed to protect in the last battle, if this estranged soldier cannot help them fight off the next wave of invaders. Even worse, the people of the town don’t trust this Selene soldier. He has a strange resistance to their folk magic which some say make him as dangerous as the enemies preparing to destroy them.
I couldn’t put it down. The characters and the world James has created is great. Elwood is faced with a situation that no one would ever want to have. He doesn’t remember who he is or where he’s from. He has to fight to save himself and the place he’s become a member of. The people around him don’t really trust him. The story sucks the reader in from the first page. I would highly recommend it to those who love to read fantasy. I look forward to reading more of James’s books.