by R. J. Hore

Book Cover: The Queen's Pawn
Part of the The Queen's Pawn series:
ISBN: 9781771550499

On his way to study for the priesthood, Harow is mistaken for a bold and infamous duke. Instead of study, he finds himself thrust into action to rescue a beautiful queen and her spoiled daughter, as they flee the city. Now, a rebel army is hot on their heels and Harow must keep his wits about him as he leads the small group of survivors to safety.

Publisher: Champagne Books

“Silence! Do not lie to me, boy. I saw him deliver a message to you. What was it? Tell me quickly or I will reach down your throat and pull out your feeble heart, then feed it back to you.”

Long bony fingers materialized from deep within black sleeves. One pale hand held a dagger with a thin curved blade almost the length of a man’s forearm.

“Rats stolen your voice box? No difficult problem, my young friend. I’m certain I can dig something useful out of you, given time.” He smiled, revealing yellowed, broken teeth. The words dropped to the melody of a soft purr blended with honey and seasoned with fine spices. “Come here, my friend, and tell me all you know of this affair.”


Harrow felt his mind turning to soft gruel, felt those eyes burning two holes inside his aching head. Suddenly a hot desire to babble all, like a man who has just witnessed his own death and woken to realize it was but a bad dream, or a young rooster who has just avoided his first hungry eagle, gripped him.

“He had a message for the queen. The king is dead. He wanted me to take his medallion and ring, go to the palace, and deliver a message to the queen. He made me swear to do it. I do not know him. He fell there, right in front of me and died here on the street.”

Reviews:My Cozy Corner Book Reviews wrote:

"… R.J. Hore pens The Queen’s Pawn in an original plot that flowed smoothly with interesting and well developed characters. I was totally fascinated by the descriptions and could actually see it all play out in my mind’s eye. A really fun read and highly recommended to all fantasy, medieval fans."

Coffee Break Reviews wrote:

"… original and fun, and the characters are well developed. Strange and intriguing things happen and I really couldn’t put the book down."

Laura Dunford, Copy write C the Manitoba Library Association wrote:

"Recommended. The Queen’s Pawn is a relentless adventure that begins in the middle of a city under siege. …This fantasy is filled with suspense, a bit of romance and a lot of adventure."

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.