Scourge of the Betrayer is another example of the new of gritty or low fantasy being released these days, often featuring cynical and hardened soldiers. What makes this book different is that the tale is told from the much different perspective of a complete outsider, one that is not trusted by the other characters. I admire the author's restraint in lighting up on the world-building, thus making the narrative much tighter and leaving more of the focus on the characters. Indeed, the characters are pretty central to the story and just about everyone gets their share of the spotlight. Except perhaps for the narrator himself. Intentional perhaps? A quite good debut novel and a series I'll be keeping my eye on.