Sergeant Alex Mill, a man loyal to his Baron, is nonetheless a man with a troubled past, that threatens the court, his adopted people, and even his wife and daughter. Alex the meek must break through his fear and paralysis to salvage his lost heritage, and to save both himself, his daughter, and his long forgotten neighbors. The Baron has his own troubles, his brave cousin and protector has been framed for murder, and a plague is crippling his people, and if the barony of Oakthorn falls, so does the rest of Stonehaven. The great sundering has come to pass as Elven prophecies have foretold.
DEBUT NOVEL features ensemble cast.
A young and headstrong but naive demigoddess enters a bar, and pandemonium ensues. Her warnings of a great conflict that will forever scar three Kingdoms are dismissed as a cheap stunt for attention by a reckless child and she is forced to flee for her life.
Along the way, a few other heroes join her cause to either save or avenge the ones they love most. A few will sacrifice everything, and others will wish they had.
From the introduction :
“Let it be said: the many roads to power or especially to wisdom are paved with much suffering, including, ﬁrst and foremost, our own. I was an impetuous child, like my mother was. Early on, I had the curse of piercing the veils of time, but never the hearts of men, even today. Men claim to value truth, but they abuse, vilify, and ridicule those who dare speak it. For the truth brings pain, and men always blame the messenger. They would just as well blame the falling of snow on the southern migration of the birds in autumn. I did not ask to be a messenger. I was born this way. Forever different from others, often outcast, scorned, hated. The truth is a burden. Of all creatures, only man prefers the lie. I have often wished I were an otter or a dolphin instead. They seem happy with their lot. Indeed, they love the water more than I, and usually live in peace. I was not so lucky.” — The [adolescent] Oracle Tyrianna
She is the lead protagonist in a paranormal fantasy noir lite tale, with much swordplay, bare-fisted action, adventure, romantic sub-plots, political intrigue, courtroom dramas, sorcery, adult themes and situations, brief sexual content, and lessons about survival and teamwork.
LINKS FOR BOOK ONE :
Amazon link https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1535603216/
AMAZON UNITED KINGDOM https://www.amazon.co.uk/Honor-Must-Prevail-Ian-Spier/dp/1535606959
ONLINE SAMPLES of Book two / Tests of Honor [version 2.9 soon to be revised again with an expanded cast of characters, new backstory and more drama for version 3]:
Inkitt contest entry here : https://www.inkitt.com/stories/fantasy/202677
Wattpad sample found here : https://www.wattpad.com/539625234-tests-of-honor-introduction-and-prologues