The book begins with the cousins Krish and Guzzy on the front lines holding off what was thought to be the annual zombie invasion. Every year the Necromancer King send some zombies to disrupt the harvest. In Flank Hawk there are two types of zombies: the soulless which are the stereotypical shambling undead and the souled these zombies can control groups of the soulless as well as speak and somewhat think for themselves. When more and more zombies keep coming it becomes apparent that this is more than the annual crop disruption and the Necromancer King could very well be gearing up for another long hard war. The boys get hooked up with Road Toad, an experienced mercenary, after losing a member of their zombie squad.
The battle they are waging becomes a route when the zombies, goblins, and ogres pull out a new and terrifying weapon, Panzers. Barely managing to escape with their lives Krish and Road Toad become fast friends and Krish begins his life anew as a mercenary. This choice leads him to meet some of the most important people in the kingdom as well as getting him assigned some very dangerous and exciting tasks.
I loved the blend of traditional fantasy with WWII era technology. It really put a new spin on the combat aspect of the book to have dragons fighting aerial duels with Stukas while having to avoid machine gun fire from the Panzers on the ground. Krish and Road Toad were both great characters that I felt very familiar with by the end of the book and honestly I hope to see more of them. Each chapter begins with a few paragraphs (in italics) that are a bit of a history lesson slowly revealing how the world came to be the way it is currently. These all come together in a rather surprising way towards the end of the book.
This book is a great read for anyone who is looking for fantasy. If you love the traditional fantasy stories it can work for you. If you are getting a bit tired of the standard fantasy formula this has new elements that will suck you right in. I had trouble putting this book down and very much hope to see more written in this world.
Review copy provided by the author.
If you are a fan of fantasy do yourself a favor and pick up this book.