The Way of the Shield

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The first novel in the Maradaine Elite series blends fast-paced high fantasy and political intrigue.

Dayne Heldrin always dreamed of being a member of the Tarian Order. In centuries past, the Elite Orders of Druthal were warriors that stood for order, justice, and the common people. But now, with constables, King's Marshals, and a standing army, there is little need for such organizations, and the Tarian Order is one of the last remnants of this ancient legacy. Nevertheless, Dayne trained his body and mind, learned the arts of defense and fighting, to become a candidate for the Tarian Order.

When a failed rescue puts Dayne at fault for injuring the child of a powerful family, his future with the Tarians is in jeopardy. The Parliament controls the purse strings for the Order, and Dayne has angered the wrong members of Parliament. He returns to the capital city of Maradaine in shame, ready to be cast out of the Order when the period of his candidacy ends.

Dayne finds Maradaine in turmoil, as revolutions and dark conspiracies brew around him, threatening members of Parliament and common people alike. Dayne is drawn into the uproar, desperate not to have one more death or injury on his conscience, but the Order wants him to stay out of the situation. The city threatens to tear itself apart, and Dayne must decide between his own future and his vow to always stand between the helpless and harm.

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  • Shelley

    *Source* Publisher*Genre* Urban Fantasy*Rating* 3.5-4*Thoughts*The Way of the Shield is the first installment in author Marshal Ryan Maresca's Maradaine Elite series. The fourth series of the Maradain...

  • Chris

    *copy from the publisher in exchange for a review*The Way of the Shield is the start of a new fantasy series from Marshall Ryan Maresca. It shares a setting with his other series – the sprawling met...

  • Mara

    For some reason, Maresca's fourth Maradaine series, The Maradaine Elite, seems to be getting the least attention, which is a damned shame, because Dayne Heldrin is such a unique character, the kind we...

  • Lynn

    The blazes, Mr Maresca? This story almost didn't make it to 4 stars in my estimation!!!!For almost 70% of the narrative, we have a main character who is a seemingly insipid mix of Dudley-do-Right and ...

  • Alysa H.

    A great addition to the Maradaine world, this book is also pretty satisfying on its own. Maresca has invented a complex political bureaucracy for his characters to get stuck in and/or run up against. ...

  • Uriah Mach

    I’ve greatly enjoyed all of the other Maradaine series that Mr Mareska has written and had been waiting for his new one to drop with baited breath.I was not disappointed. While the bulk of the book ...

  • Kathy

    Maresca continues to produce intricate fantasy. This latest book in Maradaine is the first of a new series and was quite good. We've had a view of Maradaine from the following viewpoints: student/magi...

  • DaMaar

    IntrigueStoryline had a judicious taste of current events which actually made the plot believable. But I have reservations - I like the make up of Dayne (MC) but do not think I like him. He is a Palad...

  • Kristen

    these books just keep getting better as they go along. ...

  • Josh

    The latest series by Maresca goes in a very different direction than the others so far. The first 3 series are definitely taking a "street level" view of things and working the dirty end of the field....