THE BENIGHTED (Book 1)
2017 Readers’ Favorite Bronze Medal Winner in Young Adult-Action
2017 Book Excellence Award Finalist in Fantasy
The King was dead.
His body was found slain in his room, only months after his son had been brutally murdered. Skylar Mandolyn, his daughter, has now become the last heir. But instead of becoming Queen, she has been imprisoned for helping in the escape of Sir Harlin Brien, her knight who was framed for the King’s murder.
Confined to darkness, Skylar’s captors have given her no choice but to yield to a new kind of enemy: a kingdom that has advanced in both technology and warfare. When she refuses, the prison uses other means of persuasion, and although unmerciful, the whip lashings and isolation can’t suppress the memories of her family’s downfall. Pulled between her subconscious and reality, Skylar already knows who the true enemy is, because even the darkness can’t hide the deceptive hands that have destroyed them all.
With two kingdoms on the brink of war, Skylar’s only hope is in the person who has gone missing—Harlin, the knight who was sworn to protect her. While the tremors start to rise from the deep, crawling up through the prison’s walls, Skylar will soon see why he’s one of the benighted.
Please note: As of November 16, 2016, The Benighted was republished with a new, revamped edition under Dark Hour Press.
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THE ILLUSORY (Book 2)
War has begun.
Skylar Mandolyn, first queen and last heir of Correnth, is still haunted by what happened during her imprisonment. Trying to stay focused on the impending war with Bellumortis, Skylar can’t help but see the shadow of the one who had caused her kingdom’s downfall, only recognizing him by his black-and-cream façade and his chin that drips with blood. But then Bellumortis attacks, and suddenly the reality and fantasy she’s tried to keep separate becomes the same battleground. Ghosts become real, enemies become haunting, and Skylar begins to realize that this may actually be the end of everything…including herself.
For Sir Harlin Brien, though, war comes easy. As one of Correnth’s knights in the Order of the Benighted, Harlin knows how to destroy the enemy. But what makes this war different is that he’s the only one from the order who’s there to fight, and for him this battle is personal. It’s not just the queen he’s trying to save, but the woman he’s fallen in love with.
With one realm on the verge of collapse and the other on the verge of power, there’s only one person who knows the truth of how this war really started. Madden Calibre, a captured spy, knows where Bellumortis’ hate originates from. For the war didn’t start after the deaths of Bellumortis’ ambassadors. It started with the birth of Skylar Mandolyn.
Release Date: Spring/Summer 2020. Details coming soon!