Fairbs says... thanks for letting me know; I'll have to check it out bcglorf said: It's the Malazan book of the Fallen, a series of books actually. It's a fantasy series with magic and gods, but it gives a more accurate and unflinching look at human history than any history textbook ever has. It gives a very personal look at soldiers on all sides of wars being waged and the brutal choices forced upon them in very cruel world. Another quote from the series summarizes what sticks with me the most: "The harder the world, the fiercer the honour." It's the difference between heroic acts demonstrating actual sacrifices, versus hero's 'risking' dangers that we know will never harm them.