Django Wexler’s The Thousand Names follows a ragtag group of soldiers stranded in a desert outpost as reinforcements and a new commander arrive from their distant home. Charged with retaking a city and restoring a prince to his throne, the soldiers embark on a journey across the desert, despite being vastly outnumbered and woefully untrained. In a change from most Fantasy, the novel is set in an era where the military have advanced beyond swords and catapults and have progressed to muskets and cannons.
The central characters are interesting, and I soon found myself rooting for them and the protagonist in particular. There’s an interesting story, a well-developed world, and the adventure unfolds nicely over the course of the novel. The Thousand Names is the first in a series by the author, and it’s a really good start. If you’re looking for a Fantasy adventure in an atypical setting then The Thousand Names is a good place to start.