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  • Stiger's Tigers

  • Chronicles of an Imperial Legionary Officer, Book 1
  • By: Marc Alan Edelheit
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 807
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 753
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 753

The empire has endured many centuries but is now threatened by multiple wars and a major rebellion in the South. A nobleman from an infamous family, an imperial legionary officer, a fighter, and a right proper bastard of a man, Captain Ben Stiger finds himself reassigned from a crack legion to the rebellion simmering in the South. Placed in command of a truly terrible company, the 85th Imperial Foot, he is unknowingly sent on a suicide mission to resupply an isolated outpost, the garrison of Vrell.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful New spin on High Fantasy

  • By E. Atkinson on 10-25-16

Fantasy-sharpe without the charm

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-23-17

What would have made Stiger's Tigers better?

Interesting idea with a "greco-roman" fantasyworld. Also refreshing to have a main character who is part of the "empire" and not the rebellion. Interestings things could be done with this.

Sadly the book defaults to elves, dwarves and paladins. I am guessing orcs are up next.

I would really like if it the author had the courage to embrace the originality of his idea and setting and let go of the flotsam of generic fantasy

What could Marc Alan Edelheit have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Show it - don't tell it. It feels like the author absolutely doesn't trust this readers. Thus every single action/utterance or thought has to be painfully explained:
The main character can't do anything without the narrator explaining painstakinly why he did it. Trust the reader.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

See the above comment -

What character would you cut from Stiger's Tigers?

I feel the elf friend of the main character is a very boring "exotic companion" who doesn't really add anything.

Any additional comments?

This book feels like "fantasy-sharpe", which (mind you) is not a bad idea. But it is only halfbaked. While Sharpe is also an übermensch, then "Stiger" is a boring one at that.

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