I just started The Queen of Raiders by Sarah Kozloff, volume two of her Nine Realms series.
say the best way to learn is by experience, which means if Cerulia of
Weirandale is to win back her mother's throne as a rebel guerilla
fighter she must first learn guerilla warfare. Which translates to
joining Thalen's Raiders in a volcanic land of fire magic fighting
against devout fanatics in a mission that could conservatively be called
suicidal and accurately the best option available for all parties –
namely Weirandale and the Free States – concerned. For my experience tells me that suicidal predictions
are no match for brilliant battle tactics.
"Alone, who firm of feet can stand
'Gainst tugging tide or greedy gale?
Yet brace and plaited hand in hand
Companions can survive travail."