The Ring and the Flag

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Newly-graduated imperial officer Justin is convinced he has no future, and hearing the details of the secret mission he's assigned for the Emperor won't change his mind. Civil War threatens the North Mark. Justin must race against time to form a company, and lead his men into the center of the web; but what happens when his loyalty to the Empire means the death of those who follow him? More
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About William L. Hahn

Will Hahn has been in love with heroic tales since age four, when his father read him the Lays of Ancient Rome and the Tales of King Arthur. He taught Ancient-Medieval History for years, but the line between this world and others has always been thin; the far reaches of fantasy, like the distant past, still bring him face to face with people like us, who have choices to make.

Will didn't always make the right choices when he was young. Any stick or vaguely-sticklike object became a sword in his hands, to the great dismay of his five sisters. Everyone survived, in part by virtue of a rule forbidding him from handling umbrellas, ski poles, curtain rods and more.

Will has written about the Lands of Hope since his college days (which by now are also part of ancient history). His first tales include "Three Minutes to Midnight" a slightly-dark sword and sorcery novelette, as well as “The Ring and the Flag” and "Fencing Reputation", the first stories in the ongoing Shards of Light series. The first novel-length tale of Hope, "The Plane of Dreams" was published in September 2012.

You can find much more about the Lands of Hope at the links below, including a Compendium of information about the Lands and a Facebook page on the History of the Lands.

Check out other online authors at Independent Bookworm, where you can also find The Maps of Hope, a free resource for readers about the Lands.

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Reviews of The Ring and the Flag by William L. Hahn

Bill Michaels reviewed on April 14, 2014

This was my first Will Hahn book, and won't be my last! I thoroughly enjoyed the tale, and it left me wanting more.
Unlike many books in the genre, this book doesn't leave the reader struggling to figure out what is going on, while the author is oh-so-cleverly trying to create a whole new world in a chapter- flinging about made up words like so much confetti.
(I do think that's why a lot of people don't like the genre-- the window dressing gets in the way of the story telling. Not so here- the author doesn't fall into that trap.
Highly recommended!
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Independent Bookworm reviewed on July 23, 2012

This is a wonderful story. I don't much care for epic or heroic fantasy, but with this author I always make an exception. His prose is stunning but never gets in the way of the story -- and what a story. It tells of human officer Justin who has to swallow his pride to become a secret backup for an important mission of the newly founded empire. Finding warriors who trust his expertise is challenging enough without the unknown dangers awaiting his small group en route. This is a riveting tale. Make sure you read it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
David Miller reviewed on Sep. 23, 2011

It was with great pleasure that I read, before its publication here, the story I had first lived through as Captain Justin in the role-playing game Bill created out of a discarded gaming system and his own prolific imagination. Bill was a master of the genre, filling our weekends with wonders and terrors, histories and cultures, songs and poems, intricate plots and complex characters, and occasionally, fried dough. I am delighted to see him so ably revive those adventures in a new medium. With his new mastery of literary narrative, dialogue and structure and all his old skills of wonder intact, the story reads as if it was always meant to be the first installment of a novel. It is in fact better than I remembered the game to be because it is now pure Bill Hahn, the story Bill wanted to tell all along and would have, if only we dim and capricious players had stayed out of his way. For you lucky readers just finding him, I can tell you that all the richness and passion of the Lands of Hope now flow undiluted from his soaring imagination to the page, and the quotidian world the rest of us live in is just a little bit better for it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Morinack reviewed on July 6, 2011

So real! So life like! Almost as if I were there...

It is wonderful to hear the voice of "The Man" again.
Makes me want to break out my copper palmettes.
As always, Justin living up to his namesake :-).
Very nice job Will. Keep em coming!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
BB reviewed on July 4, 2011

I want more!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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