Lords of Deception



Emperors and kings believed the secretive Order of the Candlestone had been buried long ago, its assassins forgotten.

But Arasemis, a reclusive warrior-scholar, is determined to revive the Order and return the continent to its primitive origins—if he can control his apprentices.

In his way is Arthan, a young nobleman who wrestles with providing honorable service to a weak king.

Arthan must learn to navigate political intrigue while avoiding Arasemis’s new assassins. Arthan finds help in the most unlikely of places, but learns that trust can be elusive.

Advance Praise for Lords of Deception

You can get bad books, average books, good books and then there are books you wish you could wipe from your memory so that you can relive the experience of reading it for the first time again. This is one of those books! … The plot is unique and moves at a great pace … the characters themselves are fascinating and relatable. It is refreshing to get a book in which you have a warrior scholar in the one vessel as I'm used to so many books having either one or the other. I can’t wait till the next installment, and this series is my new obsession.. Christopher C. Fuchs.....write faster!

Zoe Pollock, NetGalley 5-Star Review


"I really enjoyed the book and am looking forward to the sequel.   Characters are well developed and plot moves quickly.   The plot was unique."

Anthony Philosophos, NetGalley 5-Star Review


"This tale was quite intriguing. It's been a while since I've read a medieval-like high fantasy novel...I found all the characters to be intriguing and I loved that it jumped from one character to another. I prefer to be able to capture the story from multiple perspectives, so I love being able to follow different characters!"

Angelique Giraud, NetGalley 5-Star Review

Lords of Deception is the best place to start your dive into the Earthpillar world. Each chapter reads from the perspective of one of many characters across multiple kingdoms and groups, from emperors to assassins.

Afterwards, you can choose to read the double prequel (The Depths of Redemption and A Light in the Depths), a nonlinear set of Half-Tales, or other parts of the always-expanding Earthpillar world.

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