A brand new series written by Kelly Blanchard and co-written with Matthew Dale.


The Crown's Secret
Book 1 of the Hand of Sorrow

Where secrets abound, trust is not an option—neither is failure.


Princess Ensula of Ceraleo lost everything the day her father and brother were assassinated, and she was sent to a faraway land for her own safety. From a distance over the next decade, she heard how her mother rules with an iron fist, so now Ensula decides to return, knowing she is stepping into the middle of a battlefield.


Adrik's world crumbled on the day of the assassinations. He lost friends he considered to be family that day, and the woman that he loved left without saying goodbye. He remained loyal to the queen, and at the first opportunity to gain power to prevent such loss from occurring again, Adrik seized it, becoming Lord Inquisitor.


Upon Ensula's return, Adrik will do anything to protect her, but he realizes the one person he will have to protect her from the most is himself. As Ensula comes face-to-face with her past once more, she knows one thing: she can trust no one.


'The Crown’s Secret' is the first book in the Hand of Sorrow, a fantasy series imbued with political intrigue, betrayal, and mystery. If you are fond of magic, questioning characters' motives, and a quick-paced story with a hint of romance, you'll want to check out Kelly Blanchard's new series that she co-wrote with Matthew Dale.


Coming August 11th!

The Hand of Sorrow takes place in the same universe as the Chronicles of Lorrek but forty years prior to the Chronicles of Lorrek. It's situated in a kingdom called Ceraleo, which is north of Cuskelom across the sea. Some familiar characters make an appearance in this series, but they are younger. Explore a further expansion of Kelly Blanchard's universe by following this new series! It is not necessary to read the Chronicles of Lorrek before diving into this series.