Hi everyone! It’s finally time to peel back the curtain on ‘The Secret Project’ that my coworker, who is none other than the awesome Bryce O’Connor, and I have been working super hard on for the last few months! I am happy to announce that on May 1st, we will be releasing a new Epic Fantasy series titled ‘A Mark of Kings’. In addition, I am also super excited to announce that the audiobook will be narrated by the awesome Nick Podehl! (Release date still TBD).

Until then, here is a small teaser about what to expect!


Despite his youth, Declan Idrys knows of the evils of the world. He knows of the bastards and brigands who plague the King’s lands, of the monsters skulking in the wooded depths of the realm. Together with his companion, Ryn – a horse of rather peculiar talent – he has spent the last decade of his life beneath the bloody banners of a half-dozen mercenary guilds, hunting precisely such wickedness festering within the borders of Viridian.

Unfortunately, fate is quick to pull on the leash of its favorite children. When one particularly troubling contract goes sideways, Declan and Ryn find themselves thrust into a war thought legend and long-ended, a conflict so old it is synonymous with a time in which dragons still ruled the western skies. Now, as dead men rise from their graves and the terrible beasts of the northern ranges descend into the kingdom with an appetite for savagery and flesh, Declan is faced with a profane choice. He can turn, can flee an ancient rising horror that would see the realms of man left as shattered death and wind-blown ash.

Or, Declan can face this mounting threat, can come to terms with the fact that his oldest friend might just be more than he appears, and learn to wield an ageless power all his own.

Centuries pass, after all, and the Blood of Kings does not fade…


If you’re interested in staying right on top of this until release, feel free to shelve it on Goodreads!

43 thoughts on “New Series Announcement – A Mark of Kings

  1. Super excited!! Is there any chance this will come out in paperback or only kindle?


  2. Awesome! Since I have no time to read any more, I await the audiobook with great excitement.

    Thanks for the engaging stories so far Luke.

  3. I’m almost done with the book and it is fantastic!!! When can we expect Book 2 to be released? BTW…there is no better person to read your work than Nick Podehl!

  4. Awesome! I am glad to hear that you enjoyed it! 🙂 And we’re slowly working on book 2 – we’re hopefully aiming to have it ready in early 2020. Once we know more and have a closer day, we’ll be sure to post an update!

  5. Hi Rob – I know it’s been a while since your reply, but it is out in paperback!

  6. I read/listen to ALOT of fantasy books 20-30/yr and I’m only on chapter 19 and I’m already checking when the next book is coming out. Truly a fantastic book with amazing characters. Nick Podehl was a perfect pick! Can’t wait until the next book!

  7. We don’t have a firm timeline just yet, but we’re tentatively hoping in the first half of 2020. We will have to see!

  8. Right now, we’re debating between it being a 3 or 4 book series in total! But likely not longer than that.

  9. Really enjoying the book so far! About a third of the way through the audio book, big praise to Nick Podehl’s narrating, and I’m already excited to see how the rest of this book and the series unfolds. Thank you for the amazing book so far! I hope you can get the next book out soon!

  10. Awesome! I am so happy to hear that you’re enjoying it! I hope that the next one holds up just as well!

  11. Luke, this book was great. I loved the characters and their development so far through the first book I enjoyed the tension that was created between Ryn and Declan and loved that it only strengthened their bond, thus the ending really hits home. Thanks for the great new fantasy looking forward to the next. (Nick Podehl does a great female voice on a side note…)

  12. I absolutely loved book 1 and i am excited about book 2. Hopefully we won’t have to wait long. The story grabbed me right from the start and never let go.

  13. We’re working away on it! Hopefully we’ll have a rough idea of when we’ll be able to release it early in the new year! Soon as we know, we’ll be sure to make an announcement!

  14. This book is actually really really good and I’m listening it on audible and it’s great I can’t wait for the next installments. Hopefully they come out soon

  15. Such an amazing book I couldn’t stop listening till the end. I’m hoping there is more to come!

  16. Awesome! I am super glad to hear that you enjoyed it! There is definitely more coming soon!

  17. We’re working on it, but no firm timeline just yet! Hopefully towards the end of the summer!

  18. Pleas! will Ryn be back, as himself, not chopped up dray-body-parts or some other twisted monster of Her’s?

    This is an amazing story. Well written with the characters and landscape coming alive.

  19. Loved the first book! Finished it in just a few days. Really am looking forward to the 2nd book! Any updates on this? Hard to find any info only…

  20. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed the series! Bryce and I are working away on the next book and hope to have it out later in the year if we can manage it! Will definitely be sure to make an announcement soon as we have a firm release date!

  21. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed it so far! And don’t worry, I’m sure Ryn will find a way out of the mess he’s found himself in!

  22. Really loved the first book! A wonderful story, can’t wait to get started with the second book. Nick Podehl does a great job, hi is my favourite narrator.

  23. I bought this for my fiance and he loved it! Now he keeps asking for the 2nd book ;D

  24. The writing was done so well I could actually visualize what was going on in the surroundings as if I was there. What makes this unusual, is most of the time there is a transition between the dialog and the character actions and/or the description of the surroundings, which breaks the immersion effect as the mind has to adjust to the difference in style used for each. Here the two of you have done such of good job of keeping the flow moving in the same manner for each that there is no breaking of the though process, hence, allowing the mind to stay immersed. Thank you for putting so much work into crafting the flow so well.

  25. Reeading/listening to book 1. Amazing
    So glad last update was just a week ago. Ready for book 2, you guys tell a great great tale. Sandra

  26. Thank you so much! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed it! Hopefully we can get this next one out ASAP!

  27. I see that Book one is in Paperback, Will Book 2 have a Paperback option as well. I read E books but nothing beats being able to hold an actual Book in my hands. I don’t want to pick the First one up in Paperback if the second one is only going to be Kindle.

  28. Really enjoyed these books any word on a 3 book coming soon I found the iron prince and ran through it like fresh water to a man dying of thirst thanks for letting us into your worlds truly amazing Thank You

  29. We don’t have any timeline for it just yet. Right now we are focusing on getting Stormweaver 2 done, then will see what comes next!

  30. We don’t have any timeline for it just yet. Right now we are focusing on getting Stormweaver 2 done, then will see what comes next!

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