To reclaim his stolen fortune, Androkles must pursue a thief deep into barbarian territory. He will encounter cunning bandits, ravening beasts, and worse. Even the gods seem set against him. But when he rescues a pair of starving orphans, he is faced with a question that might have deeper consequences than he realizes, and it’s not just his life on the line … More
Androkles, son of Paramonos, spent twenty-five years in the world’s greatest army trying to earn enough money to buy back his good name. He’s battle-scarred, weary, and heartbroken after decades of watching dear friends die, but he survived. He’s ready to retire and be welcomed as a hero, finally able to see the reward he sacrificed so much to achieve.
There’s only one problem: his wife just fled civilization with all his hard-won savings. Now he must pursue her north, through desperate bandits, ravening beasts, and worse. But after he rescues a pair of orphans from starvation, he is faced with his most difficult challenge yet: a question that goes to the very heart of honor. The consequences might be deeper than he realizes, and it’s not just his life on the line…
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