**** Our Fire, Given Freely – Seth Dickinson
There’s a traditional method of doing battle: two trained warriors meet. Each is lent power (or ‘fire’) by the ‘tribute’ – dozens of commoners who donate their strength to the warrior who participates in the duel. But lately, the tides have turned against The Horse People. The tribe has been beaten back, losing their territory. The queen is willing to try something desperate, and she asks her trusted warrior – a woman raised up from the ranks of a defeated tribe – to investigate the claims of a man who says that he has developed a new way of fighting.