A wonderful and brutal journey through an epically imaginative world of elves, orcs and hobgoblins. Also new creatures I've never heard of. It's a deeper read than I expected. A touch of Tolkien and even a shade of World of Warcraft, it was a good escape.
Surviving abuse leaves no soul unscathed, and this is especially true of Ptielieren, an elite elvish bodyguard involuntarily integrated into an aversive-heavy culture. Strength can exist absent a ringing victory and weakness does not signify defeat.