Series 1: Heir to the Crown - Now Available
Book 1: Servant of the Crown
Gerald Matheson yearns to serve the Baron of Bodden. Nothing more...
But it was not to be. A simple soldier for twenty years, his fate is thrust into the world of politics after he nearly perishes saving the king's life. Further embroiled in an epic military blunder, he becomes no more than a pawn to those in command.
Stripped of his position for atrocities he did not commit, he is banished to a long forgotten royal estate, where he finds camaraderie with another lost soul. That fateful meeting unmasks a shocking secret that has him vowing to prove his loyalty to the crown, no matter what the cost.
Unexpectedly, Gerald must battle bandits, the Black Hand, and even defend the heir, all for the future of the realm. Memories of the past, secrets that shape the future; his adventure is only the beginning.
The struggle for the crown begins in this series starter that infuses the vivid fight scenes of Bernard Cornwell into the epic story-telling of Brandon Sanderson.
Book 2: Sword of the Crown
A daring knight. An invading army. A hero forged on the battlefield.
From the moment the Baron of Bodden places a sword in her hand, Beverly is relentless in her pursuit of knighthood. With a single-minded determination, she earns her spurs but is stunned to be inducted into the elite Order of the Crown. The moment the king's sword leaves her shoulders, she is struck with the realization that Merceria has no use for a female knight.
Surrounded by powerful enemies who align to dishonor her name, Beverly searches the realm for a patron worthy of her fealty. A desperate mission is her only chance to gain the recognition she yearns for, but where success will save the realm, failure will see her hanged for treason.
Sword of the Crown is the second book in the medieval Heir to the Crown series where history meets fantasy. If you like epic battle scenes, ancient races and mysterious prophecies, then you will love Paul J Bennett's tale of a knight who will not submit.
Pick up your copy of Sword of the Crown, and join the battle today!
Book 2.5: Mercerian Tales: Stories of the Past
A roaring fire. A group of friends. A night of captivating tales ensues.
What happens when the defenders of Merceria gather in Bodden on a cool summer's night? With an adventurous princess in the mix, it can only mean one thing; regaling each other with accounts of erstwhile derring-do.
Fitz the Elder indulges in memories of the past, while Beverly recounts a time she outwitted both an Earl and a Bandit King. A reluctant Dame Hayley is coaxed into sharing her exploits following her victory at the Uxley archery competition. The humble Gerald is convinced to share what tempered his thirst for vengeance after the loss of his family. Just when it appears the night is over, the final surprising tales unfold, leaving everyone speechless.
Mercerian Tales is a collection of short stories, weaved together with snippets of lore about the kingdom, which falls between books two and three of the series, Heir to the Crown. If you like mythical beasts, bold manoeuvers, and witty banter, then you will love Paul J Bennett's recollections of days gone by.
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World of Merceria: Short Stories
Battle at the River
An enemy commander. A skilled tactician. Only one can be victorious.
The Norland raiders are at it again. When the Baron of Bodden splits their defensive forces, Sergeant Gerald Matheson thinks that today is a day like any other, but then something is different. At the last moment, Gerald recognizes the warning signs, but they are outnumbered, outmaneuvered, and out of luck. How can they win this unbeatable battle?
Battle at the River is a stand-alone short story set in the World of Merceria that incorporates characters from the Heir to the Crown Series. If you like intense battle scenes and unexpected plot twists, then you will love Paul J Bennett's tale of a soldier who thinks outside the box.
Series 1: Heir to the Crown - Future Books
Coming Summer 2018
Book 3: Heart of the Crown
A restless prince. A royal emissary. Their worlds collide as treachery arises.
Alric, Prince of Westland, is not the heir, nor the spare, leaving him free to do as he pleases. If only he wanted to be a man of leisure! Instead, he dreams of becoming a valiant warrior, of saving the realm and seizing a place for himself in the royal court. The moment the royal entourage from Merceria arrives, he realizes that fantasy may not make the best reality.
Heart of the Crown is the third book in the Heir to the Crown series where history meets fantasy. If you like royal intrigue, mythical creatures, and jousting, then you will love Paul J Bennett's tale of a prince who desires greatness.