Review: At the Queen’s Command by Michael A. Stackpole

At the Queen's Command by Michael A Stackpole
At the Queen's Command by Michael A Stackpole

At the Queen’s Command
Michael A Stackpole
Night Shade Books, 2010

I have seen little to no discussion of At the Queen’s Command around the blogging circuit and I’m a little worried it might fly under some people’s radar.  If you enjoyed The Last of the Mohicans, perused Orson Scott Card’s Alvin Maker series, or glanced at C. C. Finlay’s The Patriot Witch this is probably a fantasy novel worth a look.  It might be 1763 but European history as we know it had been significantly altered as Norillian (English) and Tharygnian (French) forces are still at war in Europe.  The Tharygnians have had a revolution applying scientific method to study magic while the Norillians maintain a more religious outlook on arcane power (used to control the more magically powerful commoners).  Owen Stake, a solider in the Queen’s Own Wurms, has been sent to Mystria (America), a Norillian Colony, to investigate the Tharygnian presence there.  Continue reading “Review: At the Queen’s Command by Michael A. Stackpole”