Book 1 in The Benighted Saga
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.