I’m extremely proud to announce that Duchess Rampant won First Place in the 2019 Lesfic Bard Award for Fantasy Fiction. What a beautiful trophy, and when it arrives I’ll be sure to post a picture. 

Fighting for her kingdom is her duty. Fighting for those she loves is in her blood.

Aurelia “Bree” Makena, the Duchess of Danforth, waits on a beach near Port Emnal in front of her three thousand troops. As the waves lap against the hooves of her battle mare, Lioth, Bree watches the enemy ships deploying more warriors against her than she’d ever thought possible. Victory may prove an insurmountable task.

Soon enough, however, she discovers that wrestling victory from defeat in this battle is just the beginning. Because the landing force is only a diversion for the real attack—one that if successful, will defeat her Anacafrian king more surely than an arrow driven through his heart.

You are invited to enter Ar’rothi, a world as vividly realized as Narnia or Middle Earth, a world where animal spirits guide humans towards enlightenment, and in which a warrior duchess and a disgraced princess must join forces against an evil that threatens everything they have learned to love.

I am continually impressed with the Ar’rothi series. From the opening lines of Book 3, I was gripped with the tension of battle and the details of tactics. In fact, I blazed through the opening chapters needing to know what happens next.
More than just battles, this book continues the growth of Kaiti, the Spirit Child, her importance in the world, and her maturing into a fighter who will do anything to protect her friends and those she loves.

There are real dangers here, injuries take real tolls, and death is always at hand. But so is love, redemption, and passion.

In this book, we learn much more about previously side characters and their importance to the continuing saga. And, as all good books in a series, it leaves the reader wanting more, anticipating the next book. Book 4 cannot come too soon.

Lawrence Kriv

Reviewer

Spyder’s Web

 

“So many strong and independant women!”

Verigo Liris Estia, former Estian princess, walks the halls in the palace of the most violent and depraved queen in all of Ar’rothi.

Her adopted country, Anacafria, searches for one of its most beloved and critical assets–stolen and spirited away without a trace. One whose absence, if discovered by the wrong people, will bring about a violent and bloody civil war. While King Leopold sends his Black Watch to search every kingdom, commonwealth and archipelago, Liris and Daínon play a dangerous game of cat and mouse in the blood-soaked courts of Organdy’s Queen Desdamea.

 

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