The Lords' Gambit Series is shifting to a brand new character and storyline once again in Volume Three: Vanguard of Justice, bringing knights, pirates, and assassins together in a high seas mythological fantasy adventure.
Freya, our newest main character, is the commander of the Order of Holy Knights.
Freya has been tasked with one primary duty: serve as an advisor, right-hand, and protector of Crown Princess Mariabelle, who is set to take her rightful place on the throne at the turning of her twentieth spring.
When the treasonous King Regent schemes to overthrow his niece's right to the throne, Freya stands between the princess she loves and the sure destruction awaiting her people.
Pirate King Seba and his crew of shadows about The Celestial's Tears are the terror of both sea and land.
Said to be wraiths, the crew (under the watchful, shadowy eyes of First Mate Caitlin), is loyal to the estranged Prince of the shadow kingdom Kertopa.
When the King Regent of the lords' United Provinces offers Seba an opportunity to finally retake his throne in Kertopa in exchange for whisking Princess Mariabelle away, the Pirate King does not expect a Holy Knight to be the one standing in his way.
Pirate or Knight, Princess or Prince those who board The Celestial's Tears never come back the same. Assassins hail from the ship, or at least that's what the legends say.
To return to Kertopa and break a dark curse thousands of years in the making, Freya finds herself making a deal with the shadows themselves to save her Princess, and their entire kingdom.
When the price for failure is her own soul in exchange, but success only sets the stage for world-wide war, Freya and Seba must decide how much having the right royal on the throne is truly, in the end, worth sacrificing.
Ready to Read More of Vanguard of Justice?
Do you want to be a pirate in Vanguard of Justice? If so, here is your chance! See the wanted post below for more details on how to enter the drawing to have the first mate in the third volume of The Lords' Gambit Series named after you:
Wanted: One character name for an Honorable First Mate
Where: Aboard The Celestial's Tears (Which is an entirely honest vessel, it is, and not in any way a pirate ship, argh...)
Reward: One free advance reader e-book copy of Vanguard of Justice
Test yer mettle at the random tournie aboard the Wheel of Names by signin' up on the e-scroll below:
This 'Ere Tournie Now Be Closed.
The Vow That Twisted Fate Receives 5-Star Readers' Favorite Review
Readers' Favorite announces the review of the Fiction - Fantasy - Epic book "The Vow That Twisted Fate" by Katherine D. Graham, currently available at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08SKX5XX7.
Readers' Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the "Best Websites for Authors" and "Honoring Excellence" awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.
Reviewed By Cecelia Hopkins for Readers' Favorite
The Vow That Twisted Fate by Katherine D. Graham sees Queen Arlena don the angel pendant that had belonged to her ancestor Queen Valera. Soon after this, the phantom of Valera passes her a dwarven dagger. Despite being urged against carrying the dagger, Valera invokes the oath associated with the dagger. This summons Maevric Stormbender and his band of select warriors to her side. Can they help Arlena defend her kingdom from an evil that arises after a gap of 500 years? What is the mysterious connection between Valera, Arlena, and the evil Maedra? The kingdom must be made safe for her sister Elzie.
The Vow That Twisted Fate by Katherine D. Graham is a work of high fantasy. I thought Arlena was brave and gave a lot of herself for the peace and safety of her people. Her relationship with Talon was particularly complex and compelling. The torture scenes were genuinely distressing and I felt strong empathy toward Arlena. There was an overwhelming sense of grief and loss when she returned to find the kingdom had moved on without her. I liked the fact that her generous spirit and willingness to see the best in all creatures were pivotal to the plot. The perspectives of long-lived, short-lived, and mid-lived beings were beautifully delineated and contributed to world-building. I was surprised and intrigued to learn that long-lived races could be the most heedless instead of the wisest but found the logic convincing. The Vow That Twisted Fate by Katherine D. Graham provides a unique perspective and creates a dark and persuasive fairy story."
You can learn more about Katherine D. Graham and "The Vow That Twisted Fate" at https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/the-vow-that-twisted-fate where you can read reviews and the author’s biography, as well as connect with the author directly or through their website and social media pages.
Kritinia was born to the Queen of Light, in secret, at the lord of Light's monastery.
Bearing the sigil of a sun as a birthmark assured her lineage as the lord of Light's heir, but an additional sigil--the lord of Dark's star--meant something much more powerful was at work. Labeled the 'Ultimate Treachery', she was left behind at the monastery to be raised as a boy in the lord of Light's service.
As she grew up, Kritinia dreamed of becoming a Holy Knight--a warrior monk in the Order of Light. She excelled at weapons training, but struggled with science and math. Beyond her studies, though, a single overwhelming choice always weighed on her: Should she continue her deception and take the vows of the Order upon her twentieth spring? Or should she leave the Order to try to find a semblance of a normal life?
Next week, Kritinia is bringing the second volume of The Lords' Gambit Series to life. One of the most exciting parts of writing this series has been bringing a new character's story to each tale. Kritinia, especially, is dear to my heart (I loved her character so much that I chose to use her name as my Fiverr username).
She is witty, generous, and thoughtful.
Quick on her feet, her primary strength in a fight is her nimble unpredictability. Kritinia is not a damsel; she is a life-long trained warrior.
When all she values is lost, and all her convictions come into question, Kritinia's strength may yet have the power to save her kingdom, and the lords themselves.
Want to be a part of Kritinia's journey?
-Grab your copy of Monk of Death here.
-Sign up for my newsletter here for launch week news and giveaways.
-And share your thoughts about my newest main character: Kritinia in the comments.
Unlike my Street Teams, this advance reader copy team does not require posting on social media. It honestly doesn't even require reviews (though honest reviews are always appreciated and helpful).
If you'd like a chance to receive a free copy of Monk of Death (The Lords' Gambit Series Volume Two) before it released on February 14th, just fill out the form below.
I will be selecting 20 people AT RANDOM (using the Wheel of Names) to gift a free advance copy of the book. And yes, this is open internationally.
My one ask?
That you be a lover of dark fantasy.
If dark fantasy is not really your thing (or if you've never given it a try), this may not be the best book to jump into the series with. In that case, I suggest checking out book one, Oracle of Life, instead to see if it's your style, since it is a shorter book.
**Applications Are Now Closed. Subscribe to my newsletter HERE for invitations to future ARC teams.**
Winners selected to receive copies will be e-mailed directly by Bookfunnel, NOT from me personally. Once Bookfunnel sends you your ARC copy, you have 5 days to download it (not just open it, but actually download it to a desktop) before your link will expire. Once a link has expired, you waive your right to a free ARC copy of the book and will not be resent a new link.
My Written World
Here I share more about the worlds I write, lessons I'm learning as I strive to become a successful author, and my real-life travel and cooking adventures along the way.
A Flame Of Fae And Fang
Alphabet Reading Challenge
Book Club News
Causes And Fundraisers
Down Falls The King
Down Falls The Queen
Exclusively For My Readers
Favorite Places To Write
Featured Indie/Self Published Authors
Featured Indie/Self-Published Authors
Indie Author Behind The Scenes
Indie Author Behind-the-Scenes
Kritinia: Shadow Child
More About Katherine
My Books In Spanish
Phantom Of Fang And Rose
Phoenix Of Sand And Glass
Pre Order Events
Realm Of Darkness Box Set
Self Publishing Journey
Splitting Worlds Series
Starry Ink Press
The Lords' Gambit Series
The Slayer Queen
The Vow That Twisted Fate
Writer Fuel Recipes