Legend of the Celtic Stone (Caledonia Book #1): Michael Phillips
A twist of fate changed both their destinies. The wyrbears, once a long-lived species, were being lost to the forest in their prime. A people borne of a curse, their abilities not a gift but something wrongly taken, they nonetheless live in harmony with their animal spirits. But over time the curse they lived under changed, mutated, and now what once was a refuge from the world when they became too weary is culling mathan in their prime. Ewen mhic Friscalach, the leader of his peoples, lost his father too early and is now a widower with four children. The vow he made as a youth to break the curse afflicting wyrbears has been buried by grief and responsibility. Roi mhic Alric, a priest of Cerridwen and seer, watched his fellow priests slaughtered and his temple desecrated. The only thing that kept him going the last three horror-filled years was the vision Cerridwen had granted him of his emancipation. If freedom came at the cost of his life, well, he was more than ready for the Otherworld. A fated meeting upon a bloody field of battle. A wrong done long ago. Their choices could save a people… or send them into extinction. Either way, their love will be legend.
Während ihres Kampfs auf Caledonia hat die Gray Death Legion gegen alle Grundsätze des Söldner-Ehrenkodex verstoßen. Das Kriegsgericht setzt als Strafe zu einem Tiefschlag an: Grayson Carlyle verliert Titel und Güter; die Legion muss Glengarry verlassen. Kommandeur Carlyle und seine Mannschaft wissen, dass sie einem Komplott zum Opfer fielen. Um ihre Ehre zurückzugewinnen, fassen sie einen tollkühnen Entschluss. Schlägt ihr Plan fehl, verspielt die Legion mehr als ihren guten Ruf.