Staring out across the plains, the team feels hunger. The need of food, family, and an end to the war they have always known. A specialized squad of rangers: gunners, magic-users, medics… all tired of waiting. Until their resupply man returns with two tins of biscuits, and news that that might be the end of the rations. Two lousy tins of biscuits. From this news begets a plan so crazy, its methods have been outlawed for most of the war.
In just under a hundred pages, McClellan vividly draws a world that is a war-addled wreck of politics, WW2 weaponry, and magic. Everything is breaking: machinery, spirits, and the soldiers themselves. The narrator Teado is a Changer, a man who is able to metamorphosize into a ‘prehistoric monster’-like beast of awesome strength, speed, and stamina. McClellen aptly reveals the world’s nuts and bolts through Teado’s eyes. The reader gets his personal and global observations and reflections of what’s going on between nations and the team members. It’s a small picture, but one that has great potential.
War Cry is a perfect introduction into McClellen’s new foray into world building, a place many readers will be itching to explore. A gritty mission of need turns into an incisive, yet measured glimpse of the war and its participants. Highly recommended.
5 out of 5 stars.
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Releases August 28th.
Thank you to NetGalley, Tor Books, and Brian McClellan for the advanced copy for review.