Publisher: Baen Publishing Enterprises, New York, 1998
Bahzell Bahnakson of the Horse Stealer hradani never wanted to be a champion of the War God. Unfortunately, Toman?k had insisted. Even more unfortunately, Bahzell’s own sense of responsibility hadn’t let him say, “No.”Which was how he found himself in the Empire of the Axe, where even people who didn’t actively hate hradani regarded them with suspicion and fear. Of course, that was only the start of his problems. Next, there was the Order of Toman?k, many of whom were horrified by the notion that their deity had chosen a hradani as a champion . . . and intended to do something about it. And assuming he survived that, he had to go home-across three hundred leagues of bitter winter snow-to face a Dark God who threatened to destroy all hradani. Throw in the odd demon and brigand ambush, and add a powerful neighboring kingdom with no intention of letting Bahzell (or anyone else) save his people, and you have the makings of a really bad day.But one thing Bahzell has learned: a champion of Toman?k does what needs doing. And the people in his way had better move.