The Price of Valor
The Shadow Campaigns - Book #3
by Django Wexler
Book 3 picks up very shortly after Book 2, with the newly-formed republic thrown into chaos as political intrigue and assassination attempts swallow the leadership. Raesinia is forced to defend her title as Queen of Vordan and simultaneously defend her life. The Deputies-General, the newly formed leadership of the republic, fall into an easily understandable state of fear, and begin executing anyone and everyone who expresses dissent toward the new government. It's a disaster, frankly, and it's up to Raesinia and Marcus to bring order to the country.
But that's not all: the Penitant Damned, led by the Pontifex the Black of the Sworn Church, continue to enter Vordan, set on killing Janus Vhalnich and recovering The Thousand Names. Winter, newly promoted, is reunited with her lover Jane, but that relationship brings its own troubles.
This book is heavy on unnecessary death (as opposed to warfare), and the Winter-Jane relationship is heartbreaking and thrilling at the same time. As before, Winter remains my favorite character, but Raesinia's adventure was equally captivating, and it was fun to see Marcus break out of his rigid shell and get into more Indiana Jones style trouble.
I read this book in two days, it was so good. I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves fantasy and wants to mix it up with something new!