“Something would go wrong; something always did in war.”
Set in the world of the Paksennerrion tales, these short stories as less backstory as background. Each stands alone, concerning some minor or bridge character in the greater timeline. As the number implies, there’s a lot to cross connect.
“You can’t undo what is done or unsay what is said.”
I have only read The Farmer’s Daughter, but missing many connecting threads enhances the quality, if not the enjoyment, of these fragments. In fact, I enjoyed these short stories–because each was a self-contained whole–better than the sluggish longer work.
“Sometimes young men learn only from old men … willing to teach the hardest lessons the hardest way.”