This dark and gritty sword and sorcery series from Amazon bestselling and award-winning author Jean Lowe Carlson explores a complex world of treachery, passion, sex, and magic.

Readers who enjoy Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time, Patrick Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicles, George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones, or Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive series will love this fantastic adventure.



The Kingsmen Chronicles Book 1

A nation's most elite warriors vanished overnight. A throne in jeopardy on the heels of murder. War devouring the survivors, fanned to fury by a shadowy cabal born of ancient magic. And the five friends who can stop it, banished to the corners of the continent as traitors. Welcome to a land where dreams die and men do what they must.

Accused of treason, veteran Kingsman Elohl seeks the truth of a betrayal that caused the Kingsmen to vanish a decade ago. Inked with the Blackmark and despised for it, Elohl uncovers the truth. Now, he must give everything to shatter a hidden sect that usurps power from the throne. A bloody war will be reaped in the shadows, that will burn nations and bring kings to their knees.

“A wonderfully layered novel with spectacular world-building; a complex plot with layers of intrigue and compelling, damaged characters.” — JC Kang, Dragon Songs Saga Bestselling Author

“Once in a while a phenomenon happens. When it does, all existing icons are tumbled. New standards get set. A new legend gets born. This Kingsmen series is such a phenomenon.” — Manie Kilian, Amazon Reviewer

An amazing masterpiece of dark and gritty storytelling.

“An amazing masterpiece of dark and gritty storytelling. Imaginative and downright compelling, Jean Lowe Carlson is a master storyteller. A rightful comparison to G.R.R. Martin, Joe Abercrombie, and Patrick Rothfuss of The Kingkiller Chronicles fame.” — Alina Hart, Amazon Reviewer


The Kingsmen Chronicles Book 2

Blood has been spilled. War has begun. And the power behind the darkness rises with only banished traitors to stop it.

Alrou-Mendera reels, the nation usurped by the villainous Khehemni. But Kingsman Elohl and his sister Olea have kept the Queen alive, helping her escape. As shadowy opponents rally the nation into a vicious war, Olea is spirited away to a desert oasis, learning the truth of the unstoppable ancient magic behind the Khehemni. Now Elohl must become the Queen’s ambassador, racing against time to find aid before a ruthless slaughter begins.

“Like George R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss, JL Carlson brought forth emotions in me that books from my youth never could.” — RonC, Amazon Reviewer

“Breathtaking 'till the last page, full of twists and turns, political intrigue and traitors galore! Puts me in mind of Brent Weeks and the Dragonlance epic series.” — Lana Turner, Amazon Reviewer

A world where treason is around every corner and nothing can be taken for granted.

“Bloodmark builds on its predecessor and improves it. Like George R.R. Martin, Ms. Carlson builds a world were treason is around every corner and nothing can be taken for granted.” — Amazon Reviewer


The Kingsmen Chronicles Book 3

Blood soils the hands of the righteous. Darkness fills the hearts of the brave. Now, bitter enemies must rise as one under a terrifying magic that could destroy them all, as nations fall to an ancient and ruthless power. 

Dreams will die and legends will be born in this epic conclusion to The Kingsmen Chronicles.

Castellan Lhaurent den’Karthus has betrayed the Khehemni Lothren, annihilating all who would oppose him. Seizing the Menderian throne, he wages war to fulfill ancient prophecy and unite the continent under his rule. But an alternate Uniter has been Goldenmarked – Kingsman Elohl den’Alrahel. Captured during a mission for the exiled Queen, Elohl languishes under the dark and powerful magic of the Valenghian Vhinesse. To win back the nation, Elohl must now escape, and lead an army of Kingsmen in the most brutal war the continent has ever seen. 

“Fast-paced with twists and turns – a world I have no desire to leave!” – Susan E. Latham, Amazon Reviewer

An epic tale of love, heartache, and redemption.

“An epic tale of love, heartache, horror, lust, hope, death, and redemption. I cried, laughed and had to stop myself from chewing my nails!” — Jennifer Manning, Amazon Reviewer


Prequel to The Kingsmen Chronicles

Set one year before The Kingsmen Chronicles, Elohl den'Alrahel and Ihbram den'Sennia face their annihilation, as the Valenghian Red Valor journey over the Highpasses early for the bloodiest spring the High Brigade have ever seen.

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“An amazing world that sucks you in – an awesome fantasy series for grown-ups.” – Jules, Amazon Reviewer