Goodreads: Ranker’s Charge
Author: S.P. Stevens
Published: 1st August 2018
Source: Copy from Author
Rating: 4/5 (Really liked it)
Official Summary: “Sergeant Vila Kiprik has survived many brutal missions during his thirty-year army career, but this last posting to Demon’s Deep is his deadliest yet. Top Brass need the mine working again for its rare quartz deposits, but the miners have gone AWOL, replaced by crazed savages.
Kiprik and his squad have been charged with taking back control, but this is no ordinary drive. Sinister forces more deadly than madmen hunt them in the shadows and that retirement up in the Duchy mountains soon begins to look like a pipe dream.
As reality itself breaks down, and magical charms fail against wild, untameable powers, Kiprik is thrown into a fight for survival, sanity and redemption. But do thirty years killing in the name of the flag put him beyond saving?
One thing is certain, a reckoning approaches, and it’s probably around the next bend.” – Goodreads
Review: I just loved the mix of themes here, you had magical/supernatural themes with the Unsourced (sorry if that the incorrect word for them) people/monsters. Then you had the military aspect with the Rankers. It all just mixed so well. You could tell the Author had really fleshed out the world he has built. You got hints and snippets of past events, other places, that just made the world seem so huge. The Author made you want to know more, made you want to know what will happen.
The military aspect was done very realistically and was well thought out. You felt ingrossed with them. You wanted to see how they worked as a team, how they kept their sanity.
(Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the Author. Does not affect my review)