Crown of Three – Epic Collection

Crown of Three Epic CollectionIt’s publication day for the Crown of Three Epic Collection, a box set of the complete fantasy trilogy for younger readers that I’ve been working on for the past couple of years. Publishers Simon and Schuster call it “a Game of Thrones for a younger audience” and I’m cool with that.

The series kicks off with Crown of Three, continues with The Lost Realm, and concludes with A Kingdom Rises. Here’s the blurb:

Family secrets combine with fantasy in this epic tale of battle, magic, strange creatures, power, and fate. Separated at birth, triplets Tarlan, Elodie, and Gulph have grown up knowing nothing about each other. However, an ancient prophecy says that the three will one day be reunited, overthrow the king, and bring peace to the land.

Each of the triplets has a special power that sets him or her apart from other people. Tarlan can speak to animals. Elodie can hear the voices of ghosts. And Gulph can become invisible. But what use are these abilities if they can’t stay alive long enough to claim the throne?

As three new stars shine in the nighttime sky, events are driving them together, but will the triplets live? Let alone rule?

I wrote the series under the pseudonym J.D. Rinehart. Why? Because my contribution as author is just part of a massive effort by a team of editors and storyline writers. It was an rewarding gig and, now that the project’s complete, it’s a real treat to see the whole trilogy packaged up like this.

The Lost Realm – Review Roundup

The Lost Realm by J.D. RinehartThe reviews are stacking up on Goodreads for The Lost Realm, the sequel to Crown of Three – my fantasy novel for middle grade readers. In fact, the book has a 4.4 out of 5 stars rating on the popular bibliophile’s website. Here’s what a couple of readers have to say:

Somewhat darker than the first, but an excellent read. Full of action, adventure and magic, and intrigue, this is truly a great series for kids who want a Game of Thrones like read.

I need more of this series now!! So glad it turned out to be such a good read.

And Homewood Public Library rates the book as:

Highly recommended for grades 4-6.

Want to know more? Here’s the blurb for The Lost Realm:

The kingdom of Toronia is being torn apart by civil war. The only hope comes in the form of illegitimate triplets, who are prophesied to kill the king and rule together in peace. Separated at birth and scattered throughout the realms, the triplets face a desperate fight to secure their destiny. Will they survive long enough to rule?

The resurrected King Brutan and his army of the dead control the city of Idilliam. Outside, Elodie and Tarlan are trying to hold their own army together and find a way to rescue their brother Gulph who is trapped inside the city. Or is he? Gulph has found a passageway to the lost realm of Celestis, which lies beneath Idilliam. Meanwhile, Tarlan and the wizard Melchior set out on a quest to restore the wizard’s powers, leaving Elodie and her army to keep watch. But Elodie is betrayed, her troops slaughtered, and she is taken captive by Lord Vicerin, her former guardian, who is determined to use her to get to the throne.

Seemingly further from the throne than ever, the triplets will need to use all of their strength and abilities if they are to survive—let alone rule.

Crown of Three – Dutch Angle

 

Crown of Three - Dutch edition

The Dutch edition of Crown of Three just dropped through my door. The cover art is the same as the splendidly packaged US hardback; the difference is that this translation comes as a rather smart trade paperback. If only I spoke the language, I’d be able to read the damn thing. Still, I have a pretty good idea how the story turns out …

The Lost Realm – Crown of Three

The Lost Realm - dust jacket

Yikes! Not only can you now buy Crown of Three – my fantasy novel for middle grade readers – in paperback, but you can also preorder the sequel! Yes, the hardback edition of The Lost Realm will be published by Simon & Schuster on May 31, 2016. Interested? Here’s the blurb:

The kingdom of Toronia is being torn apart by civil war. The only hope comes in the form of illegitimate triplets, who are prophesied to kill the king and rule together in peace. Separated at birth and scattered throughout the realms, the triplets face a desperate fight to secure their destiny. Will they survive long enough to rule?

The resurrected King Brutan and his army of the dead control the city of Idilliam. Outside, Elodie and Tarlan are trying to hold their own army together and find a way to rescue their brother Gulph who is trapped inside the city. Or is he? Gulph has found a passageway to the lost realm of Celestis, which lies beneath Idilliam. Meanwhile, Tarlan and the wizard Melchior set out on a quest to restore the wizard’s powers, leaving Elodie and her army to keep watch. But Elodie is betrayed, her troops slaughtered, and she is taken captive by Lord Vicerin, her former guardian, who is determined to use her to get to the throne.

Seemingly further from the throne than ever, the triplets will need to use all of their strength and abilities if they are to survive—let alone rule.

Here’s what Publishers Weekly had to say about Crown of Three:

With a complicated mix of politics, interweaving plotlines, and a heavy (and quite gruesome) body count, this novel reads like Game of Thrones on a mellow day—definitely aimed at the older end of the middle-grade audience.

According to Imagination Soup, who listed Crown of Three in their latest “Best Books for 11 Year Olds” roundup:

It’s a great adventure story with cool creatures, a few zombies, danger, and epic kid-power.

Crown of Three – Czech Edition

I always enjoy seeing how cover art differs around the world. Here’s the beautiful artwork for the Czech edition of my new novel for young readers, Crown of Three. Click here to compare it to the US edition.

KorunaTri - Crown of Three Czech edition

 

Crown of Three

"Crown of Three" Cover

In the mood for some epic fantasy? Here’s one I’ve been working on, under the pseudonym J.D. Rinehart. It’s a sweeping saga of magic and monsters, wizards and war, set in the far-off kingdom of Toronia. Publishers Simon and Schuster call it “a Game of Thrones for a younger audience” and I’m cool with that.

There are three books in the series. The first – Crown of Three – is now available as a hardback, ebook and audiobook, with the paperback edition due out in just a couple of weeks. You won’t have long to wait for the next instalment, because book two – The Lost Realm – will be published in May. As for the third volume, hey, give me a chance to finish writing the damn thing.

So what’s the first book about? Here’s the blurb:

Family secrets combine with fantasy in this epic tale of battle, magic, strange creatures, power, and fate. Separated at birth, triplets Tarlan, Elodie, and Gulph have grown up knowing nothing about each other. However, an ancient prophecy says that the three will one day be reunited, overthrow the king, and bring peace to the land.

Each of the triplets has a special power that sets him or her apart from other people. Tarlan can speak to animals. Elodie can hear the voices of ghosts. And Gulph can become invisible. But what use are these abilities if they can’t stay alive long enough to claim the throne?

As three new stars shine in the nighttime sky, events are driving them together, but will the triplets live? Let alone rule?

The book’s aimed at middle-grade readers, but if you’re a fan of my adult fiction you’ll be pleased to know I haven’t pulled any punches when it comes to the grisly death scenes. You can’t win back a kingdom without spilling a little blood, right? Okay. Maybe a lot of blood …

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