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In the Shadow of Lions

(The first book in the Shattered Lands series)
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The king is dead.Part war epic, part political drama inspired by medieval history. When the king of Sidor dies, the kingdom is left in strife as his young and volatile son takes the throne, manipulated by his uncle Edmund, who has plans of his own for the kingdom. In this environment, young William Whitton, the king's cousin and adopted son of Edmund, comes into his own. Sent to war by his stepfather to help clear the way for the manipulation of the king, William learns the harsh realities of leadership and the toll of conflict on both soldiers and civilians.

Back in the capital Serwyn, the new king, under the guidance of William's stepfather, begins to impose oppressive laws in an effort to limit the power of the barons and consolidate his rule, pushing the kingdom to the brink of rebellion. Torn between his duty to his family and his responsibility to his people, William faces shifting allegiances and uncertain loyalties as he tries to learn what it means to be a leader of men.

An epic fantasy novel about the struggle between loyalty and duty. Can William rise above the chaos and become the man his kingdom needs him to be?

Genre: Fantasy

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