The Grudgebearer Trilogy


“Peopled with compelling characters, filled with action and intrigue, set in a fascinating world at the boundary of history and legend, Grudgebearer is a gripping and ultimately satisfying novel.” – David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson, author of the Weremyste Cycle and the Thieftaker Chronicles.

Kholster is a Grudgebearer, firstborn of the nearly immortal Aern, a race created by the Eldrennai as warrior-slaves to defend them from the magic-resistant reptilian Zaur.  Unable to break an oath without breaking their connection to each other, the Aern served the Eldrennai faithfully for thousands of years until the Sundering freed them from both their captivity and their fealty to the Eldrennai.  Now, the Aern, the plantlike Vael, and the Eldrennai meet every one hundred years for a Grand Conjunction to renew their tenuous peace – one that, if broken, would force the Aern onto the path of committing genocide unless they forsake Kholster’s oath of vengeance and be unmade.

While the tortures of slavery remain fresh on Kholster’s mind, most of the rest of the world has moved on.  Almost six hundred years after the exile to which the Aern agreed, an Eldrennai prince carelessly breaks the truce.  Now, Kholster must find a way to keep his oaths (even those made in haste and anger) without destroying his people.  While Kholster travels to the Grand Conjunction with his Freeborn daughter and chosen successor, Rae’en, his troops travel by sea headed to war.

Can this father and daughter team overcome their people’s enslaved past and secure their future in a struggle against their creators, the enemy they were bred to battle, the oaths they have sworn, and the gods themselves?

Gail Z. Martin, author of Reign of Ash, called Grudgebearer, “A high-stakes adventure through a complex world with intriguing characters that will keep you flipping pages until the very end.

Kobold Press said, “Delicious tension makes this book a great read!”

Grudgebearer is available now!  Get your copy today! 


Rae’en has taken the place of her father, Kholster, as First of the practically immortal Aern, a race created by the Eldrennai as warrior-slaves to defend them from the reptilian Zaur.  Freed from all Oaths by Kholster’s death, Rae’en decides to wage war on the Eldrennai.

Prince Rivvek must claim the Eldrennai throne by completing the Test of Four so he can save as much of his kingdom as possible. Meanwhile, his brother, Prince Dolvek, hatches a plot to enlist the aid of the plant-like Vael to defeat the Zaur horde, who mean to take advantage of the strife between the Aern and Eldrennai.

The inevitable war between the Eldrennai and the Zaur begins, with the Aern an unpredictable force that could save the Eldrennai – or doom them.  Torn by rage and grief, Rae’en must decide who is worthy to keep her people’s Oaths.

“With his fresh versions of elves, dragons, sentient armor, lizard and plant people, and even a newly ascended god, J.F. Lewis dials high fantasy up to 11.” -Dave Gross, author of Lord of Runes.

Oathkeeper will be out on June 9, 2015.  Pre-order your copy now!

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