Battle Dawn (The Chronicles of Arden, #3) by Shiriluna Nott and SaJa H. 4*
BLURB: For Gibben Nemesio, life hasn’t been easy.
Orphaned as a child and drafted into the army at thirteen, he’s no stranger to adversity. He’s fought hard for his coveted position as Seneschal Koal’s understudy and ever harder to make certain his young brothers live to see adulthood. Gib is prepared to sacrifice anything to ensure those closest to him, from his family and friends to his mentor and even the missing piece of his heart, remain safe.
But the stakes are higher than ever before. His beloved country, Arden, is in trouble. The new ruler has just sent the army to war. Gib's world is shattered anew as he finds himself marching toward a dark and uncertain fate in the faraway sands of Shiraz.
Even with so much to lose, Gib goes bravely. But bravery will only stretch so far in a hostile land prowled by ruthless raiders and other creatures too sinister to speak of—and all the courage in the world may not be enough to keep his family, friends, and Gib himself alive when they ride into battle.
My Review:I received the book free from the Author so that I might review it. I couldn't get into this one as easily as the previous two and some of it was because of the relationships between some of the characters - they just seemed wrong somehow which caused a jarring note in my enjoyment of the book. However, as a continuation of the story of Arden, there was no faulting it. Plenty of intrigues, battles and betrayals to satisfy most fans of the series. I certainly recommend it to anyone who wants to read more about Arden. If you are just coming to the series however you MUST read them in order or they won't make sense.