Storm Approaching was provided to me by the author for review.
The back of the book reads "Do you thirst for tales of invincible heroes, malevolent Dark Lords, mighty wizards, ferocious (or benevolent) dragons, and prophecies that must come true? Sorry."
It goes on to promise no elves, no magic rings and no vampires, but there is an unusual little fox.
Storm Approaching, the first volume of the Mercenaries series, is a fun, fine read. The orphan Andiriel leads an almost charmed life, with things seemingly going well for her at every turn. With a few little bumps along the way. She almost gets kidnapped by pirates, she almost gets killed by assasins, the future she thinks she has planned for herself quickly falls apart and she must find a way to support herself and make a name for herself. As she does so, she also begins changing the future of a run down group of mercenaries about to call it quits.
I am beginning to find that self-published or POD books are as good as, if not better, than many mainstream novels. Storm Approaching definitely falls into that category. I've been burned out on fantasy novels lately, but this certainly brought me enjoyment.
My only complaints are that the book appears to be a thin, quick read upon first glance. Then when I see the small type inside, I realize I'm about to embark on a nice lengthy adventure!
A series is only good if the current book makes you want to continue the series, and I'm definitely looking forward to the next Mercenaries book.