In this book we follow the main character, Teado. Teado is a shape shifting military soldier part of a small platoon currently stranded in the Bava mountains, carrying out small raids on the enemy.
The story starts up fast paced and runs us through some details on the war and current situation the platoon is in. I would have liked to seen more of a background to how the characters ended up where they are or even how the war started but maybe that will be covered in future books.
We're introduced to the characters early on and I took a liking to the brother and sister, Rodrigo and Bellara. Rodrigo is a pilot and flies the platoon's only plane, benny. I loved the fact the plane had a name! Bellara is pretty much a sorcerer, referred to in the book as Smiling Toms. They can create illusions which makes it harder for the enemy to track them, making her one of the platoons most valuable soldiers. Bellara is very wise and often times fierce making her a very likable character. I would have liked to have seen more of the duo throughout the book but it's only so much you can cover in 112 pages.
The platoon gets intelligence of the enemy moving a cargo plane, so a plan is immediately set to intercept the cargo. This is where all the action begins. The mission goes a little haywire and Teado is separated from the group. This was definitely my favourite part of the book. Its the first chance we see Teado change form, I was surprised but also really liked the fact he was described as being almost lizard like with massive talons. I'm not sure why, but my first thought was that he was going to be this half lion half man, I couldn't have been more wrong. Anyway, from there on the story hammers us with gory fighting, heart wrenching betrayal and an ending that will blow your socks off!
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy or even military books with a little twist to it.
I would like to thank Brian McClellan, Macmillan Tor/Forge and Net Galley for providing me with opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.