Mantles of Oak and Iron
Jenelle Leanne Schmidt, author
Grayden thought he had four years to decide his future... he was wrong. War is imminent. The Igyeum has already begun incursions across Telmondir's borders. The headmaster of the military academy issues a new directive: all students will be fast-tracked through the program. They will be full-fledged defenders by the end of the year. But when a training exercise turns deadly, Grayden must keep his head and become the leader his friends need. Captain Marik has witnessed evil beyond imagining. Enough to make him sign on to the wizard Dalmir's cause. But will the council of the west accept a pirate among their ranks? And will Marik's crew join this mission, or will they consider him a traitor to all they once stood for? Meanwhile, deep in the mountains lurks a hidden danger that threatens them all.