Deathspell (Ascendant #1)

Christian will do anything to avenge his father’s murder, even if it means dabbling in magic.

In medieval England, the Wars of the Roses isn’t the only conflict ravaging the county. When Christian taps into hidden powers to save his life, a witness escapes. Now his decade of hunting is coming to an end, if he can figure out how to live through it.

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In 15th century England, Christian Richardson will do anything to find his father’s killers even if it means dabbling in magic.

Christian’s father is murdered by men who can’t be killed by a blade. Only a child, he narrowly escapes with a pendant and a scroll that his father demands he protect. He swears vengeance, but his only clue is the killers’ red cloaks and their sigil, a flame within a circle.

Forced to look out for himself, the orphaned boy grows into a skilled mercenary. Christian devotes his life to searching for signs of his father’s murderers, determined to confront them. But despite his best efforts, his life isn’t entirely about blood and death. A few like-minded souls manage to open the cracks in his heart, and he even finds moments of happiness with Paolo, a fellow mercenary who is also a scoundrel of a thief.

Then Christian takes a job where his target fights back with more than a sword. After years of hunting, his quest for revenge might be nearing an end. But as the trail becomes clear, Christian discovers the red cloaks are far more dangerous than he imagined. Their numbers are vast and some of them are the very nobles waging war over England’s crown. There’s even a chance not all of them are human.

Drawn into their web, Christian must confront more than a band of killers. These are ruthless people with plans and goals that go beyond a single act of murder. As he pushes forward, ignoring warnings from those who care about him, there are two truths Christian will have to face. His father’s true legacy – the reason he was killed. And the fact that using magic feels more natural than breathing.

AUTHOR’S NOTE: If you like adventure, magic, a dash of romance, hidden family legacies, killers with hearts of gold, men who love men and women alike, alternate history that adds the supernatural on top of reality, this book is for you.

This book was originally released under the author-name Peter Dawes.


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During the Wars of the Roses, noble families with ties to the throne were eager to redefine the line of succession to suit their own ambitions. Mercenaries were commonly hired when armies were needed elsewhere.


What if magic has always been part of the world? Some might take power through strategic marriages. Others could establish influence by assisting those who ruled. But a few seek a different kind of power, one that could do far more than sit them on a throne.


When a thief steals your heart, it might take a while to notice.