Finished The Macht#1 by Paul Kearney, a military novel in its own right but also a fantasy tale due to its setting and low level of magic. The Macht#1 is a story inspired by the march of the 1000 Greek warriors crossing the Persian empire. Kearney is a very talented author who knows how to bring the reader into a world of bravery, sacrifice, honour, and despair, avoiding cheap sentimentalism and annoying heroism (both can be recurrent in this military genre.) Kearny's narrative has pace and is brutally powerful. It is a smart, epic adventure recommended to all who enjoy this genre. I have already bought Corvus, The Macht#2. I'm also about to complete The Tombs of Atuan (Earthsea Cycle, #2) by U. Le Guin. Well, it is Ursula after all, and I do not have much to add. I admire her talent in allowing the reader to glimpse into the characters souls; always hopeful no matter how imperfect and dark they might be.