Fantasy by David Weber
Now don't get me wrong... I *like* military science fiction and in general terms prefer science fiction to fantasy.
I think this is *much* better than Honor Harrington.
Bahzell Bahnakson is a Hradani. A combination of "orc" and berzerker Norse. Hradani means "calm fox" but his people were twisted into the orc mold, mindless hoards on the side of evil in an epic war... long in the past, but people have long memories. The remnants of that army of evil have been living in the fringes for centuries... just trying to survive.
In some ways it seems a fantasy of the standard mold. A quest. Traveling through new territory fighting monsters and assassins with a motley crew, a bard, a wizard... it's not. The magic is in the details. And there is magic to spare.
I tried to read one of Weber's newer releases and didn't finish. DAVID!!! Finish Bahzell's story! Oh, yes, finish Armageddon Reef *too*, it was fabulous, but finish Bahzell *first*. I've been waiting longer for that.
_Oath of Swords_ may be available in Baen's Free Library. The link is on my side bar. I know it's available in e-book version, as are the next two.
Maybe if more people make some noise about Bazhell he'll get moved up a bit on Mr. Weber's to-do list.
(I suspect it's all a ploy to keep people praying for his continued health.)