Admiral Cain finds an elegant solution to Caldaria's
piracy problem: lure pirate ships to decoy merchant vessels stuffed with explosives instead of treasure. The suicidal captains are military men with fatal illnesses. The unsuspecting crews are poor
men enticed from the gutters of Caldaria with the promise of handsome wages and free meals. Cain considers it a dual service--after all, he's protecting the merchants and sweeping the streets clean
There are only two problems: if the peasants find out, they'll revolt. If the King finds out, he'll have Cain's head. Accordingly, anyone with too much knowledge must die.
Mike Kalmbach creates a vast world, and his plotline run through
the multiple layers of society. From pirates to monks to army elite, there are a variety of characters that readers encounter. Kalmbach questions the traditional definitions of heroes vs.
My favorite scenes were those of the monks. I loved their thoughtful musings. I also very much enjoyed the history of the religious orders. I hope Kalmbach elaborates on the religious history in his next book.
"The Caldarian Conflict" is a well paced story with a great cast of characters. At its heart is a monk who seeks only to help others. It is a quest for truth and justice wrapped within an exciting adventure.
"Descendants of Avalon"
Released via Inklings Publishing
("The Forgotten" volume 2)
Reviewed and awarded the
2016 Indie Editor's Choice
by the Historical Novel Society.
Long listed for the Historical Novel Society 2017 Indie Award.
Goodreads profile at: https://www.goodreads.com/JElse