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  • Hachette Australia
  • Hachette Australia

Fiction, Fantasy

The third novel in the Trial of Blood and Steel quartet, the series ENTERTAINMENT NEWS called '...a rollicking journey into classic swords and heroes fantasy'

As the armies of the Verenthane faithful mass for war in the Bacosh, Sasha and her companions head for Tracato, capital city of the Bacosh province of Rhodaan.

For two hundred years Tracato has been the centre of enlightenment, as the serrin have occupied human lands and sought to remake humanity anew. But the serrin have not destroyed Rhodaan's feudal families entirely, and as Tracato faces the greatest threat to its survival in two centuries, old rivalries are stirring. Sasha must assist her mentor Kessligh to strengthen the Tracato Nasi-Keth, yet with one royal sister siding with the feudalists, and another soon to be married to Tracato's most powerful foe, her loyalties are agonisingly divided.

Worse still, from Sasha's homeland the Army of Lenayin is marching to make war upon Tracato. Can she fight her own people? Or must she join them, and fight not only her lover Errollyn, but to extinguish the brightest light of hope in all the land - serrin civilisation itself?

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Praise for Tracato

  • ...this series is a rollicking journey into classic swords and heroes fantasy. - Entertainment News on Sasha

  • something quite special -

  • Fantastic debut. - Adelaide Advertiser

  • a ripping yarn - MX Melbourne on Petrodor

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Joel Shepherd

Joel Shepherd is a science fiction and fantasy author. He's studied International Relations, interned on Capitol Hill in Washington, has been a reporter on women's basketball, and studied film and television. His novels include the Cassandra Kresnov series (CROSSOVER, BREAKAWAY, KILLSWITCH) and the quartet, A Trial of Blood & Steel (SASHA, PETRODOR, TRACATO, HAVEN). Visit him at

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