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A boy orphaned by violence grows up in the shadow of his father’s murder. His older brother offers him a home, but the life of a farmer is a poor fit for Christian Richardson.
Set in England in the 1400s, the Wars of the Roses litters the country with plenty of jobs for a young mercenary trained in how to wield a sword. Christian grows out of his youth and becomes a capable fighter, one who inherited his father’s blade. As a member of the Brotherhood of the Black Rose, he puts coins in his pockets and food in his stomach, but every day he searches for the sigil of the men who took his father’s life.
Finally, after years skirting the edges of a group called the Luminaries, he’ll make a discovery that will put him in reach of his goal: vengeance.
The sword was not the only possession his father had given to him, though, and unbeknownst to Christian, the Luminaries have been hunting for Richard’s son – the boy who escaped from them nearly a decade ago – just as he has been scouring for signs of them.
An almost successful attempt on his life reveals hidden gifts, and even more secrets that his father had taken to the grave. As Christian reaches the threshold of claiming revenge, he faces the realization that retribution might come at a high price. Will he listen to the pleas of his loved ones, cautioning him away from danger? Or will his pursuit for justice take him down a path from where he can never return?
About the Author:
Peter Dawes is a USA Today bestselling author of dark and historical fantasy, local to the Philadelphia, PA area. The wordsmith behind the Vampire Flynn and Deathspell series, Peter has also contributed to the story cycle Red Phone Box, published by Ghostwoods Books, and the anthology Nocturnal Embers, published by Crimson Melodies Publishing. He is also a member of the LGBTQ+ community, an active participant in the Philadelphia writing community, and volunteers as a municipal liaison for National Novel Writing Month.
While Peter shares his name with the fictional protagonist of the Vampire Flynn books, he assures the reader he is not now, nor has he ever been a vampire. (Any similarities are purely coincidental.) You can follow him on Twitter (@peterdawes) and Facebook (@AuthorPeterDawes), where he actively avoids being on time for any of his publication deadlines.