There’s a deep background for the character to explore within this dangerous world. There’s battles and secret histories that we get glimpses at.
It’s also something of an origin story, where we see a young man become a warrior. The author clearly draws upon many of his personal experiences as far as military training and family life. That provides some valuable insight as we see the cost on families and relationships that this kind of thing brings.
The book has a rambling tone, where you gain odd glimpses at the world before it comes back to the story. These can be jarring at times, but they also provide awareness of the greater events and those that shaped the main characters.
This is a story with high stakes…the kind that can end the world. Missions play out against that canvas and you aren’t really certain what’s going on until the story really gets moving. There’s several scenes that play out like dreamscapes and you’re not really certain what’s real and what isn’t.
I’ll state right now that it’s outside my normal reading habits. There’s a darkness to this world that weighs on the soul. But if you’re into thriller and apocalyptic stakes with hordes of flesh-eating enemies to face down, then this is a book you should pick up.