I actually read while at work today. You know, a novel. Not bitchy emails or an instruction manual or outdated operating procedures, but a real bona-fide novel.
To the High Redoubt is a short novel by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, who normally explores historical cultures through her vampire, St. Germain.
This is not of that series, and it looks like it was originally written in the eighties and is now available as a print on demand. I’m reading it via Kindle.
It picks me up and carries me along right from the start. Arkady Sól, a midaeval knight, is disgraced by choosing to keep his soldiers alive rather than drag them into a fatal ambush, and is cast forth Eastward into Tartary.
The story is lovely and romantic, not sexy or racy. It is adventuresome and spiritual. Yarbro explores Hindi mysticism in the romantic encounter that Arkady finds in his Eastern chivalric adventures.