In this new epic fantasy, three societal outcasts must work together to fulfill the orders of a dead king's ghost or risk their nation falling to a tyrant
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?
About the Author
Jacey Bedford is an English writer with short stories published on both side of the Atlantic. She is the co-organizer of the UK Milford's Writers' Conference, a peer-to-peer workshopping week for published SF writers.
Praise for The Amber Crown
“Solid epic fantasy that understands the genre's core appeal at the same time as offering fresh twists and perspectives. Assured and effective worldbuilding, believably complex characters.” —Juliet E. McKenna, author of the Green Man series
Praise for the Rowankind series
"Bedford skillfully evokes both the society and the high seas of 1801 England as the story takes her heroes across the British Isles and into the realm of the Fae. She mixes action, intrigue, and romance in a satisfying fantasy-of-manners; Ross and Corwen make a formidable team as they fight monsters and zealots alike."--Publishers Weekly
"A finely crafted and well-researched plunge into swashbuckling, sorcery, shape-shifting, and the Fae! Highly entertaining."--Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Nebula Award-winning author of The Healer's War
"Swashbuckling action, folklore, and characters to care about: this is an authentic English take on historical fantasy, magic, and class."--Kari Sperring, author of The Grass King's Concubine
"A fabulous and fun action-packed story, with an engaging heroine."--Liz Williams, author of The Ghost Sister