|“The day we die heroically?”|
Constable Aubrey Hartmann’s first novel doesn’t release until May 7th, but she had a couple of adventures before she flew into Aqualinne. Here’s a brief sample from “Grenadiers and Dragon’s Fire”:
Screams crossed the sky, spitting sparks and fire until they slammed into the lower slope of Bourgogne Hill. Explosions erupted a moment later with a shower of dirt, bloody limbs and two unfortunate Imperial soldiers.
“Lieutenant!” a voice yelled down the line. Panic broke the soldier’s voice.
“Don’t you move,” Lieutenant Aubrey Hartmann called back. She didn’t use his name. There was no need to shame him when everyone was equally scared. “Don’t you dare. Keep your heads pressed into the dirt until you’re kissing rock.”
The Imperial advance had been stymied. Their right flank along the wide River Raglan was covered by a combination of air platforms and naval ships of the line. The heavy and light guns had made it impossible for the enemy, the Glorious Republic of Hamill, to mount a counterattack and encircle them on that side. But on the left, they’d needed at least a division to hold the wing. The support came from the Light Division under Sir Heinz de Lutz. The Light Division had angled as they came up Bourgogne Hill, straight into Aubrey’s company and half of the 4th Division. De Lutz either hadn’t realized it, or hadn’t seen it in time. The mix of the two divisions was now such a thorough jumble that they’d lost any cohesion. The officers had halted the Imperial advance and were trying to divide the two divisions. The Hamills had taken advantage of the confusion and started the mortar bombardment.
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