Reviewed: December 30th, 2022
Released: March 23rd, 2015
Genre: Sword & Sorcery
A tarnished legacy. A dangerous mission. The beginning of an epic destiny…
Nobleman and born soldier Ben Stiger never backs down from a fight. Even as the son of an infamous imperial general, an outcast from society, he refuses to crumble under the unforgiving shadow of his once-powerful family’s disgrace. When he’s reassigned from his crack company to the struggling southern army, he’s eager to help turn the tide against a growing, deadly rebellion.
Supported by his faithful lieutenant, Eli, one of the last remaining elven rangers, and a holy Paladin on a quest for the High Father, Stiger fights to gain control of his new company, resentful and mediocre soldiers… who he must train and then lead on a desperate mission to reach an outpost cut off by the enemy. But as he force-marches his men through hostile territory, the veteran commander faces more than he ever expected, rebels, bandits, a magic relic from an age long gone, and an ancient evil freshly risen that has the potential to destroy the empire he loves and serves.
Can one outcast hero make a difference and save his empire from annihilation?
Stiger’s Tigers is the engrossing first book in the Chronicles of an Imperial Officer epic fantasy series. If you like brave champions, sword and sorcery, breathtaking twists and turns, and authentic battle scenes, then you’ll love Marc Alan Edelheit’s Roman-inspired adventure series.
Helen’s thoughts: 5/5
A great start to a, new to me, fantasy series. Based on the roman legions and blended with evil supernatural forces, this is a sword and sorcery adventure to lose yourselves in.
This first book is really introducing us to Stiger and the work he has cut out for him, though there is plenty of backstory to learn about in the multiple spin off series. In this series, Stiger arrives battlescared and weary, yanked from his crack company and faced with utter misery and incompetence in the south.
Stiger is a riveting and complex character, as is in his friend and companion Eli, the elven ranger. Between them, they knock their company into shape and head off into the unknown.
Accompanied by a paladin of the High Father, you just know that things are not going to go well, no matter how hard Stiger tries to prepare and protect his his men.
I really liked Stiger as a character and look forward to reading the rest of the series and learning more about him. Edelheit creates a rich world for his characters to travel through, and compelling mysteries for them to overcome and solve. An enjoyable start, a quick and easy to read, and enough to hook you in to read the rest of the adventure.
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