Bahzell Bahnakson of the Horse Stealer hradani never wanted to be a champion of the War God. Unfortunately, the War God had insisted. Even more unfortunately, Bahzell's own sense of responsibility hadn't let him say "No".
Which was how he found himself in the Empire of the Axe, where even people who didn't actively hate Bahzell's kind regarded them with suspicion and fear. Of course, that was only the start of his problems. Next, there was the Order of Tomanak, many of whom were horrified by the notion that their deity had chosen a hradani as a champion... and intended to do something about it. And assuming he survied that, he had to go home - across three hundred leagues of bitter winter snow - to face a Dark God who threatened to destroy all hradani. Throw in the odd demon and brigand ambush, and add a powerful neighboring kingdom with no intention of letting Bahzell (or anyone else) save his people, and you have the makings of a really bad day.
But one thing Bahzell has learned: a champion of Tomanak does what needs doing.
David Mark Weber (born 1952) is an American science fiction and fantasy author. He has written several science-fiction and fantasy books series, the best known of which is the Honor Harrington science-fiction series. His first novel, which he worked on with Steve White, sold in 1989 to Baen books.