November 10th

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


The Crown's Burden
Book 2 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.


Buy it now and see how Ensula's journey begins!

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.

The Hand of Sorrow
Book 1
The Crown's Secret


Sometimes to survive a game, you need to play the part. Other times, you just need to break the game.


Tiachyus bides his time, allowing the new queen to get her bearings. He gives just enough ground to make her feel victorious, but he is waiting.


Ensula is prepared to settle in for the long game, but when removing the restraints from the mages has adverse effects, she must take decisive action. It doesn't help that the Arch Prelate Danroth arrives with an agenda of his own, leaving Ensula to wonder if she could really ally with Tiachyus or if she could bring them both down?


'The Crown's Burden' is the second book of the intriguing fantasy series, The Hand of Sorrow. If you like trying to guess what's going to happen next, rooting for the downfall of certain characters, and screaming when things don't turn out the way you wanted, you'll love the second installment in Kelly Blanchard and Matthew Dale's gripping series.


Explore 'The Crown's Burden' and see what choices Ensula will make.

COMING November 10th!