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The Book of the Holt

The Book of the Holt is an epic fantasy series from the author of the critically acclaimed Twelve Kings in Sharakhai. Set in a world of towering trees, lost gods, and dragons, The Book of the Holt explores ancient mysteries and what it means to forget the lessons of the past.

Readers of George R. R. Martin, Joe Abercrombie, and Brent Weeks will feel at home in this exciting new saga.

The Main Series

The Dragons of Deepwood Fen

Lorelei Aurelius is the smartest inquisitor in the mountain city of Ancris. When a mysterious tip leads her to a clandestine meeting between the Church and the hated Red Knives, she uncovers a plot that threatens not only her home but the empire itself.

The trail leads her to Rylan Holbrooke, a notorious thief posing as a dragon singer. Rylan came to Ancris to solve the very same mystery she stumbled onto. Knowing his incarceration could lead to the Red Knives’ achieving their goals, Lorelei makes a fateful decision: she frees him.

Now branded as traitors, the two flee the city on dragonback. In the massive forest known as the Holt, they discover something terrible. The Red Knives are planning to awaken a powerful demigod in the holiest shrine in Ancris, and for some reason the Church is willing to allow it. It forces their return to Ancris, where the unlikely allies must rally the very people who’ve vowed to capture them before it’s too late.

Explore the mountain city of Ancris, where fast-paced adventure and intrigue abound. in this new offering from the author of the acclaimed Song of the Shattered Sands series.

The Novellas

The Tapestry at Briarmount Abbey

Rylan Holbrooke, dragon singer and part-time thief, travels to faraway Briarmount Abbey only to learn that the Sylvan Tapestry, the very thing he’d come to see, was stolen mere hours before his arrival. When signs point to the thieves having used magic to abscond with the ancient relic, it puts Rylan on edge—the last thing he wants to do on his holiday is tangle with a rogue witch—but he considers the matter too important and offers to search for the tapestry.

With the help of Vedron, his acid-spitting dragon, Rylan sets off to find clues. The trail leads him to the hills known as the Winding, which are said go be haunted by the Dancing Willow. The willow is home to a band of undead children who pray on the unwary or those foolish enough to remain in the Winding for too long.

Rylan digs deeper and discovers the theft is related to the willow. In fact, the theft’s origins can be traced all the way back to Black Aerlath, the terrible day when the willow was made and the children were turned into haunting specters. The children didn’t deserve their fate, and Rylan is desperate to help them, but it seems as though the local constabulary, the willow, even the abbey itself, are all working against him.