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A nation's elite warriors vanished. A throne in jeopardy on the heels of murder. War fanned by a shadowy cabal. And the five friends who can stop it, banished.

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 must give everything to shatter a hidden sect that usurps 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

“Like George R.R. Martin and Joe Abercrombie, award-winning author Jean Lowe Carlson writes fantasy for grown-ups, with flair and elegance.” - Daniel F., Amazon Review


Blood and Death in a Brutal Winter War

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.

“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

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

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