Django Wexler is the author of the Shadow Campaigns novels, including
The Infernal Battalion,
The Guns of Empire,
The Price of Valor,
The Shadow Throne, and
The Thousand Names. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh with degrees in creative writing and computer science, and worked for the university in artificial intelligence research. When not planning Shadow Campaigns, he wrangles computers, paints tiny soldiers, and plays games of all sorts. He is also the author of the middle-grade fantasy novels
The Forbidden Library,
The Mad Apprentice, and
The Palace of Glass.
Set in an alternate nineteenth century, muskets and magic are weapons to be feared in the first "spectacular epic" (Fantasy Book Critic) in Django Wexler's Shadow Campaigns series.
Captain Marcus d'Ivoire, commander of one of the Vordanai empire's colonial garrisons, was serving out his days in a sleepy, remote outpost—until a rebellion left him in charge of a demoralized force clinging to a small fortress at the edge of the desert.
To flee from her past, Winter Ihernglass masqueraded as a man and enlisted as a ranker in the Vordanai Colonials, hoping only to avoid notice. But when chance sees her promoted to command, she must lead her men into battle against impossible odds.
Their fate depends on Colonel Janus bet Vhalnich. Under his command, Marcus and Winter feel the tide turning and their allegiance being tested. For Janus's ambitions extend beyond the battlefield and into the realm of the supernatural—a realm with the power to reshape the known world and change the lives of everyone in its path.
The Thousand Names is een lekker weg lezende combinatie van musketoorlogvoering en magie, waarin dat laatste niet te overweldigend of te overdreven is. De karakters zijn geloofwaardig en driedimensionaal uitgewerkt, met goede motivatie en eigenaardigheden. Het enigste minpunt is dat de uiteindelijke "grote verassing" voorspelbaar was en ruim van te voren werd aangekondigd.