Wow. That was...SO SAD!!!! I love the description of the battle; not disgusting, but still getting across the level of carnage caused by a sword battle. And her brother was an elite warrior, but he wasn't uber-powerful. He only took down 10-20 enemies before he was mown down, as opposed to the expected hundreds of slavering orcs portrayed in many stories. And there was a pleasant blend of action and sorrow, accented by the dread of knowing he would die by the first sentence.
I love it! We must have more!
Heigh ho, heigh ho, it's home to work I go!!