His duty is to die young, but fate has something far more lethal in mind.
If Kaell breaks, the kingdom breaks with him. And prophecy says the 19th Bladesman will break …
The Bonded Warrior…
Kill. Die young. That’s what a swordsman bonded to the ancient gods does. Without expecting praise from the man who trained him to survive this centuries-old, malignant war against the inhuman followers of an invincible lord.
But Kaell wants more. More of Val Arques’ attention, his approval. Just more.
The fire dancer…
Ice lord, spy, Heath never loses a fire dance. Yet he longs to know that thrill of danger down his spine as he kills for his god, to fight a warrior who might, just might be better than him.
Val Arques is a bladesman of formidable power entrusted not only with Kaell’s life but with the truth that will destroy him.
Banished to a grim outpost of this doomed kingdom of sorcery, poetry, and treachery, he cannot afford to care about the young warrior.
For love means loss. And Val Arques has a shameful secret…
A kingdom on the edge of chaos…
As a vengeful god escapes his ancient prison and draws Kaell into his web of deception, even Val Arques can’t protect him from the dark prophecy awaiting him. Because you can’t flee fate unless you’re willing to do the unthinkable.
Duty and love collide in this powerful epic fantasy, the first in the Shadow Sword series, about shattering loss, betrayal, and the price of power.
**THE 19TH BLADESMAN is the winner of the 2019 Readers’ Favourite award for epic fantasy,
winner of the 2019 CIPA EVVY award, fairytale/folklore/mythology,
National Indie Excellence Awards finalist and a 2018 Foreward Indies finalist for fantasy.
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S.J. Hartland is an emerging epic fantasy writer, journalist, and former fencer, from the Darling Downs Queensland. The 19th Bladesman was her first published novel, followed by The Last Seer King and The Sword Brotherhood (May, 2020).