For The Glory Set Before Them
by Matt Karlov
Widower, diarist, and mediocre sorcerer, Barais neb-Ohel makes an unlikely soldier. When his squad receives orders to reclaim a much-contested fortress from the hated Gisleans, Barais is thrust into the forefront of a long-running war. But the squad's numbers are few, his own abilities are desperately limited, and as the journey progresses he finds himself questioning the rightness of their cause.