by R. J. Hore

Book Cover: Dark Knights
Part of the The Dark Lady series:
ISBN: 9781771551809

It has happened at last. Queen Nefasti’s friends are deserting her on all sides, treachery threatens from inside her own castle, and an invasion led by an old and angry acquaintance is knocking at the very gates to the Kingdom of Vadio. Dark Magic has stirred up things best left alone. Nefasti has been given a final choice, marry The Lord High Protector’s son, or suffer dire consequences. All of this threatens to ruin her 16th birthday celebrations, and probably end her life.

Publisher: Champagne Books

We live in dangerous times. Our young queen, almost sixteen, still learning her powers, attempts to survive and hold the land together. To the east, our neighbor is consumed by a bloody purge. South and west, the empires alternatively threaten and cajole. All seek her hand in marriage, and the end at last of ancient Vadio. North of the Valley of the Dragon’s Eye lies a barren land torn by rumors. There the barbarians unite in blood and fire. We cannot see where the horde will strike first, yet we well know how their blades are aimed. Their hatred of Queen Nefasti and the wealth of the southern lands is shouted across the sky. My vision is clouded, like some blind beggar. I cannot see through the haze. Strange that, given my parentage.

About the Author

Raised in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Ronald J. Hore spent forty-six years travelling the country with the financial services industry. He ended up in Winnipeg in 1980 where, with his long-time interest in writing, he joined Canadian Authors Association and was a member of the 1996 CAA 75th Conference Committee. In 2006 he won first place in a CAA national short story contest with a romantic ghost story, Midnight. In 2010 his short story Chrysalis was included in the anthology Evolve. He followed this up co-authoring Rotary Club of Winnipeg, 100 Years of Service. Since then, writing as R.J. Hore, he has had fifteen novels and ten novellas published. He continues to be active in Canadian Authors.