It’s here is just four weeks! Published by DAW on 11th January 2022 my seventh book is already getting some good reviews/previews, and I’m revving up to do a blog tour. It’s available in Trade Paperback or e-edition, with the regular sized paperback following sometime later in 2022.
Publishers Weekly calls it a ‘spellbinding fantasy,’ and says, ‘Fantasy readers will find plenty to enjoy.’
Druid Life says, ‘I always enjoy stories that make me complicit with problematic characters, and Jacey does an excellent job of persuading us to like the assassin. All of the characters are engaging, well rounded and interesting people. All of them are messy and flawed in their own ways, and driven by their own issues and obsessions. The story is compelling and nicely paced.’
I can’t believe publication is coming up so soon. I seem to have been working on this book forever. I already had a first draft completed in July 2013 when DAW bought my novels Winterwood, Empire of Dust and the still-to-be-written Crossways. Another three books followed (Silverwolf, Nimbus and Rowankind) which pretty much accounted for all my writing time between 2013 and 2018. With Rowankind delivered to DAW, I was at liberty to take another look at the book which I called ‘The Baltic Novel’ for such a long time. Even after I finished redrafting it I still didn’t have a good title until I finally hit on The Amber Crown which fitted like a glove. I adore the cover DAW has given it.
Here’s the back cover copy.
The king is dead, his queen is missing. On the amber coast, the usurper king is driving Zavonia to the brink of war. A dangerous magical power is rising up in Biela Miasto, and the only people who can set things right are a failed bodyguard, a Landstrider witch, and the assassin who set off the whole sorry chain of events.
Valdas, Captain of the High Guard, has not only failed in his duty to protect the king, but he’s been accused of the murder, and he’s on the run. He’s sworn to seek justice, but his king sets him another task from beyond the grave. Valdas doesn’t believe in magic, which is unfortunate as it turns out.
Mirza is the healer-witch of a Landstrider band, valued and feared in equal measure for her witchmark, her scolding tongue, and her ability to walk the spirit world. When she’s given a task by Valdas’ dead king, she believes that the journey she must take is one she can never return from.
Lind is the clever assassin. Yes, someone paid him to kill the king, but who is to blame, the weapon or the power behind it? Lind must face his traumatic past if he’s to have a future.
Can these three discover the real villain, find the queen, and set the rightful king on the throne before the country is overcome?
If that tickles your fancy I would love you to pre-order now.
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