This is the kind of book that rewards careful reading: its plot and characters are nuanced and intriguing in ways that are enjoyable to experience but difficult to do justice to in a description. The story blends the trappings of magic and fantasy with an essential realism: the characters are deeply, recognizably relatable as individuals, and yet also emblematic of traits and experiences that feel, if not universal, pervasive in significant ways. Well worth a read. – Amazon Review
A bloody bid for freedom in a world of swords and magic.
From the age of seven, Dunstan has been enslaved in the army of Thursley. After thirty years in the fire of constant warfare, he has been forged into an unbreakable warrior.
Oswynn is the property of the Sisters of the Withered Branch, the order of witches who serve the earls of Thursley. Brighter and more gifted than her fellows, she yearns for so much more.
Hand-in-hand together, they will risk it all and ask the question: can one man and one woman really stand against the traditions of hatred and break the chains of bondage, or are they doomed to forever be slaves of the sword and wand?
About the Author
Joel Newlon was born in Ankh-Morpork and started out as a jewelry delivery person in the red-light district of downtown Mordor. Nowadays he makes his home in northern Xanth, where he spends all day exploring the finer points of typewriter alchemy accompanied by his wife and editor Ashleigh, his sidekick Laika the dog, and his personal conduit to the darker addresses of the netherworld, Pyewacket the cat.