Rise and Fall: Book One of the Blood and Tears Trilogy (Blood and Tears Series 1)
Joshua P. Simon
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An ill-prepared queen, a soft-hearted mercenary, and a crippled warrior struggle as a kingdom falls and an empire rises.
Rise and Fall is the first book in the epic fantasy trilogy, Blood and Tears.
For years the High Mages of Cadonia have maintained an uneasy peace among the nobles disgruntled with the rule of the king. In the aftermath of a tragic event, Elyse, the king’s daughter, is thrust into a role she is not ready for. As queen, she must now determine who to trust while struggling to keep the kingdom from collapsing around her.
The Hell Patrol, a legendary mercenary outfit commanded by Jonrell, finds itself disenfranchised with their current employer. Recalling a promise he made over a decade ago, Jonrell breaks his contract in order to right the wrongs of his past.
On the continent of Hesh, the Blue Island Clan has long been ignored by its neighbors. Tobin, a warrior and son of the Clan’s ruler, struggles as an outcast as he watches his brother Kaz lead his father’s army to glory. Emboldened by a new friendship with a mysterious shaman, Tobin finds himself gaining the respect he always wanted.
breath. “It’s Tomalt,” he said with his head down, leaning over the table. The queen’s stomach tightened. “Tell me.” Grayer looked up with a long face. “He’s crossed over into our land and has attacked Namaris,” he said, handing the message to Elyse. She started reading the news herself, hoping the General had overlooked something. It was spelled out clearly enough, the city was under siege. “We have to help them.” “I need more time, Your Highness. We aren’t ready to meet Tomalt on the field
father.” “So, I’ve heard. Yet, I never knew that man,” said Jonrell bitterly. “Just so,” said Jaendora. “You do remind me of your grandfather.” Jonrell raised an eyebrow. “Really?” “Yes. When you weren’t watching me, I was watching you,” she said. “I can see the way your men treat you. They would lay down their lives for you without pause. It takes a rare man to command such loyalty. Your grandfather also had such effortless skill and would be proud of the man you’ve become.” She paused and
a catalyst in doing the same to Elyse. “On everyone? Perhaps not. However, my men are in the process of pulling information together on two of the most notorious offenders, nobles I had warned my father about years ago before I left Cadonia.” “Well, please, you must tell us who these conspirators are,” demanded Adein. “I’m sure I speak for everyone here when I say that these people deserve swift justice for their actions.” Several nods were seen throughout the room. “As you wish, My Lord,” said
over the city, into the hills, where Tomalt’s army spilled over their sides. Strong vision helped her shot with a bow, but at times she wished herself blind. Maybe then someone else could be the bearer of bad news. “Is it that bad?” asked Jonrell. She handed him the spyglass, finding her voice. “Worse, Commander. I’ve never seen such a large army before. The scouts underestimated its size.” I wish Rygar was here. He wouldn’t have misjudged their number. She closed her eyes for the briefest of
matching the stone that covered the islands of his birth. Daggers were at his thigh and boots, throwing axes once again looped at his sides, sword strapped to his back. A longbow and quiver rested across the back of his mount, atop a small pack. The pack only further annoyed his horse and it snorted in frustration at him. Twice Tobin took out his anger on the animal, each time just after a nip at his leg or hand. Yet, the beast persisted. Even he shows me no respect. Within hours after the