Lesson of the Fire by Eric Zawadzki
Approx. 140,440 words.
Published on July 30, 2012.
When a powerful wizard sought to annex the villages under Sven Takraf's protection, he fought back ruthlessly in their defense.
Fought back but lost.
Devastated by the deaths of the people he had sworn to protect, Sven devotes himself to breaking the power of the magocracy, and soon he finds himself presiding over the bloodiest civil war in living memory.