Updated: Nov 11, 2021
I am delighted to share with you the cover reveal for The Bind of Blood and Bonds, book 2 in The King’s Swordsman series.
“Special Forces is harsh. It could be a lot harsher.”
Flush with victory, Thorrn has been swaggering around the castle, much to his soul companion Evyn’s eye-rolling. But she has been settling into the library and started to enjoy living between Earth and Oberrot, although she never quite fits into either world.
That is, until Thorrn’s hubris brings disaster on them both.
The Bind of Blood and Bonds was such a hard one to watch unfold, but so, so rewarding for Thorrn’s character and strengthening the bonds he really needs to focus on. If you like fast-paced action, a magical murder mystery, a pinch of poison, a dash of angst and a smattering of romance, you’ll fit right in on Oberrot!
Blurb for The Bind of Blood and Bonds:
Treason takes many forms. Once trust is broken, it is hard to reforge.
Thorrn discovers this all too clearly, much to his detriment. But someone wants Thorrn dead, and they don’t care how many lives they ruin in the process.
Evyn learns decisions must be made, no matter the cost, even if it brings her pain. This world is brutal, and navigating the customs is endlessly confusing. When is a stone just a stone, and when is it an expression of undying love?
Aubin stays away to recover, but when word of Thorrn’s predicament reaches him, he will have to face his nightmares again. And Tuniel distances herself from them all, to win favour with the new king.
Meanwhile, there is a spate of murders targeting Oberrotian officials, and Thorrn’s contingent is sent to investigate. Back to being the lowest of the low, Thorrn struggles to trust again – especially when he finds two of the most powerful mages in the world working together, and one of them is the woman he loves.
Thorrn doesn’t know who he can rely on – be they mages, swordsmen, or kings – but making the wrong choice could spell the end of him, Evyn, and even the kingdom.
Content warning: This publication contains content including sexual assault. Reader proceed at your own discretion.
My head rung like the call-to-arms bell.
“I don’t want to have to do this. I want you to know this is breaking me inside.” King Gough gazed sadly at me, the crevasses in his downturned face deeper and darker. But that could have been a result of the spots of light sparking in my vision.
“Then don’t!” Evyn blurted, eyes bright with tears.
“He has to be fair, Evyn. He has to apply justice across everyone equally,” Rose murmured, holding her daughter’s hand tight.
Evyn pulled her hand free of her mother’s, grasping onto mine.
I couldn’t hold hers back. I couldn’t feel anything, I couldn’t breathe.
Gough turned away from me.
This article was written by Becky James.
Becky James is the author of The King's Swordsman series. Based in the UK, she has a deep love of the British countryside, canals, and all things fantasy; she devours anything that has magic, swords, good friends and good times. Her series can be found on Amazon, and she is often floating around the socials!