My favorite term is in this book: ex-Marine. *sigh* This generally loses me the instant it shows up in a story. Fortunately, it only appears once and the book itself intrigued me enough to give it another chance. Unfortunately, the book lost me to something else shortly thereafter. The main problem I have is that the story is a near complete carbon copy of Janes Warlord, with a few things changed. I liked JW. I dont need a reworked version with fairies, werewolves, vampires, and magic. This one became a skim read and a serious disappointment for me.