Crown of Dust
by D.G. MacRath
Treachery. Betrayal. Death. Peace takes a brutal toll on the world.
A generation after a savage civil war, Mata rules as Prince Regent. But the festering wounds of the past remain. The Realm’s ancient religion wanes. A new creed rises. Treacherous lords lurk in the shadows, waiting for an opportunity to strike.
The Realm’s uneasy peace shatters when a foolish young noble rides against Mata in open rebellion. The wearied ruler must once more rouse his old body to defend his family, his people, and his right to rule. But in the red mist of battle, Mata’s distinction between justice and evil blurs.
If he can push back the usurper, Mata will usher in a new era of peace. But if he fails, he will condemn his people to more vicious bloodshed.