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Joel Shepherd

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Fiction, Fantasy

Book 2 in the quartet, A Trial of Blood and Steel, picking up the story of the brave and independent heroine, Sasha, now living in the port city of Petrodor.

Sasha, the wilful but talented heroine, returns to battle in Joel Shepherd's stunning second volume of A Trial of Blood & Steel Quartet.

Away from the hills of her Lenayin homeland, Sasha is making a new life in the dark alleys and wealthy houses of Petrodor. An influential trading centre, Petrodor holds the key to preventing the coming war between Lenayin and the mighty Bacosh. Together with her old mentor Kessligh, Sasha attempts to navigate the political intrigues of the port city and find a way to stop the war.

It is the serrin, the beautiful but dangerous people from beyond the Bacosh, who will be pivotal in this struggle. How much can Sasha trust her old serrin friend Errollyn? And how much can she trust herself?

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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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