A knight of Cygnar follows a strict moral code. His integrity is beyond reproach. He holds himself to the highest standards whether dealing with friend or foe. And he values honor above all.
The year is 606 AR, and Cygnar has been sorely pressed by its enemies both at home and abroad. In Caspia, the conflict with the Protectorate is about to erupt into full war with the looming invasion of Sul. The Cygnaran military is desperate for soldiers with the skill, strength, and bravery to take up the devastating galvanic weaponry of the new Storm Division. In this climate, every soldier is valuable, even those fallen from the honor expected of a Storm Knight. A group of such men—thieves, drunkards, and worse—comprise the Sixth Platoon. All they need is someone to lead them.
Lieutenant Hugh Madigan, a peerless warrior knighted during the reign of deposed King Vinter IV, has spent years in obscurity, punished for his loyalty to the former king. Now he has been ordered back to the front and given command of the Sixth, his task to turn a platoon of miscreants into elite soldiers fit to be called Storm Knights. Time is short, and war is coming. One way or another, Lieutenant Madigan must lead his men into the storm . . .
This is one of the projects that I did for Privateer Press for their Warmachine universe. For all of my regular fans I will say that you do not need to be familiar with that world or the game to enjoy this one. My goal was to write it so that it would be a great intro to the world, and I am really super pleased with how this one came out.
For those of you not familiar with Warmachine, think steampunk Dirty Dozen crossed with fantasy Band of Brothers, only with heavily armored knights wielding mad science lightning swords and steam powered fighting robots invading a city of religious fanatics.
And it is totally badass. I loved these characters, and I knew it was good when I wrapped it up and I was bummed that it was somebody else’s world so I couldn’t just go completely nuts and do whatever I wanted with them in the future. It was a lot of fun playing in somebody else’s sandbox.
I really enjoy this book, and I hope you do to. 🙂
And just because I love this cover art, here is the original picture.
And the fact that the dude with two lightning swords happens to look like me is a complete accident. Honest. The artist had never seen me. So I chalk that up to badass happenstance. 🙂