The Cost of Duty

Guardians of Reyth volume five

Continue the epic fantasy serial

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About the Book

The moment is now. The prophecy is upon them.
The path to victory requires choice, courage … and sacrifice.

Having won the battle on the plain, the Guardians advance to free the occupied city, but the invading Xiantu are far from beaten. The enemies’ plans were well laid over decades. They still hold thousands of hostages – many of them children – and Xiantu magic is powerful.

Crystu, growing into her role as one of the commanders of the Guardians, fears for her Ponfour/husband, Tam. The prophesied full moon will soon rise – the day Tam’s path will lead him into ‘the webbed room’. Their God has a task for him and he has chosen duty, but what can he possibly achieve if he’s captured by the Xiantu?

Just as things seem as though they can’t get any worse, Crystu’s father, the king, makes an angry promise sealed with an unbreakable oath. There’s only one conceivable way to fulfil it – an unthinkable bargain – but what will the price be?

And who will pay it?

Contains some scenes of torture, violence, and cannibalism.

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Series: Guardians of Reyth, Book 5
Genres: Epic Fantasy, Fantasy
Publication Year: 2020
ISBN: 9781659135299
List Price: 15.99
eBook Price: 4.99
About the Author
Joan Lightning

I'm a British fifty-something Christian, archaeologist, martial arts practitioner (Kung fu and Taiji), long-distance runner (2 marathons and 6 half-marathons so far. 2 more halfs planned for 2018), and amateur photographer. I also knit, crochet, naalbind, and spin.

I was introduced to science fiction and fantasy at a very young age by my best friend's dad, who had boxes and boxes of science fiction books dating to the 50s, 60s, and 70s.
In those boxes I met Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert, Anne McCaffrey, Zenna Henderson, and many more, and I learned to love the smell of a printed volume.

I started telling short stories to my nephews when they were children and one day joined an online writing group where I accepted a challenge to write a short story about a young sorceress from a land of sorcerers. The Guardians of Reyth serial grew out of that story. Four and a half years later I finished the first draft which is c1,225,000 words long.
Since then I've been editing it, chopping it into smaller pieces, and writing a few new stories in the same world.
Watch this space because there is still a lot of the story to come.


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