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The Battle That Was Lost by Michael S. Jackson — Book Review

The Battle That was Lost 

The Battle That was Lost by Michael S.Jackson Cover
The Battle That was Lost by Michael S. Jackson Book Cover

CONVINCING YOU TO READ THIS IN 5 WORDS: Short-story, action-packed, balance between past and present, witty writing, engaging characters.



The battle That was Lost by Michael Jackson is my first stop in the Ringlander Universe. While, I generally read the novel first and novella later. This year, is the year of changes and this change was a pleasant one. I was completely new to the world and this novella screams of battle. Maybe, you might wonder how a battle…just battle will be a good entry point? But…this is not the case here. There is a perfect balance between the battle ranging in front of us and the flashbacks of how we are where we are. The characters are introduced, they are fighting and at the same time, we get a glimpse of their past. We get a glimpse of why they are over here fighting.

Personally, I loved this novella and the bonus 3 chapters that I read of Ringlander and I can’t wait to get lost in this world. The writing is fresh and clever. The tricks and quirks used are honestly fun to read. Personally the two of my favorites were: the double side Head coin and this dialogue: Your name will save your life, but only if you abide by the rules of your trade. The rules of Bastard.”

I think The Battle that was Lost is a perfect book to read between your reads or hectic day. Seriously, it’s only 57 pages but the content in those pages seem far more. There is so much information about the world and characters that I want to know more about them. I want to know what they will do. And that ending. The last words. Everything aside and the last words aside…If the gods had indeed entered the game, more death would follow.

I would recommend this novella to everyone, especially if you want to enjoy the balance between world-building and characterization. You can buy them exclusively on Broken Binding.


When there is something you can’t or won’t do yourself, you get a bastard to do it for you. They are thieves, cheats, and murderers, and loyal to nothing but the coin. Everyone knows that.

Yet in war, payment in blood is more likely than payment in coin.

Staegrim knows coins better than he knows people, and he isn’t giving his life away for free. Not to the rebels, not for the lords, and not for all of the bloody coins in Rengas.

But then…everyone has a price.

AUTHOR: Michael S. Jackson

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