If that doesn’t catch your attention, well, you probably need more coffee.
This was my first thought when the opening line for Corruption of Honor, Pt. II: The Crow and the Butterfly came to me. It sets the tone nicely for this piece of the epic, too, and that’s what you want out of an opening line. Tell me what I’m in for.
In this case, one hell of a ride.
In Corruption of Honor, Pt. I: The Burning, I introduced Shaun Grayson — knight, outcast among her peers — and the kingdom of Riverend, which outlawed magic (or “magik” in their world) at the end of the Nine Years War. Something that comes back to bite them in the ass when war lands on their doorstep and the ones bringing it are all about raining magic hell down on their heads.
Now in Pt. II, the world is blown wide open and so are the points of view. The original party of Shaun, fellow knight Thomas, the king’s heir Sara Hahlerand, and ambassador’s daughter Myra Danset become separated, and thus, the necessity of more viewpoints. Including several of the other Hahlerands.
What I really love about this part of the story (and I’ll note here that this new release is a full-scale expansion of the original*) is how deep the story has gotten and how complex the world has become. There are kings and queens, sorcerers and knights, and rogues and monsters. Every time you think you know where the story is going, there’s a new twist.
It even includes an underground tunnel fight scene that might be one of my favorite fight scenes ever. And I’ve written a lot of them.
If you’re intrigued by the picture I’ve painted, I encourage you to check it out, or start with Pt. I and hop right into Pt. II. I’ll warn you, this series isn’t for the faint of heart or the squeamish. If you’re looking for a noble bright or hopepunk kind of a story, you’ll want to look elsewhere.
It’ll make you laugh in parts, cry in others, and keep you turning pages as you white knuckle your way through. If this sounds like your kind of book, grab your copy now.
*Note about the second edition. The original version of Corruption of Honor, Pt. I, released in 2017 ended in a different place than the version I released as a second edition in October. If you read the original Pt. I, but didn’t get to Pt. II until now, you may notice that the second edition of Pt. II starts in a point in time partially covered by the original Pt. I. The reason for the shift is that several chapters were added into Pt. I with the second edition, and it made more sense to me story-wise to end it at an earlier time point than the original. But, because of this, you may want to go back and read the re-release of Pt. I before you read the second edition of Pt. II.