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The Darcentaria Duology

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#1: The Sword in His Hand

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Genre: Christian romantic historical fantasy


Suggested audience: 15+ (mature themes but no gratuitous violence or sexually explicit material)


A young woman fleeing the horrors of World War II is astonished to find an undiscovered medieval world when her plane crashes in the Bermuda Triangle. Forced to join forces with a gifted but troubled warrior-prince to survive, El’s knowledge might just be the key to winning their civil war… but how can she share it, when the world she’s stumbled upon is altogether too much like the one she left behind?

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Read on for the back cover copy...

“One is an opportunity. Two is a threat. Three is an invasion.”

For hundreds of years, strange things have been washing up on the shores of Darcentaria. But when a young foreign woman named El is found unconscious on the beach amidst the burning wreckage of a strange metal craft, the villagers of Odessa are immediately suspicious—is she an agent of the Dalriadan Empire, their cruel oppressors for as long as they can remember? Or does she come from the Outside, the vast and legendary lands beyond their borders from which no man or woman alive has ever returned?

Torsten Eiselher, a talented young swordsman, has spent the last nine years of his life wrongfully imprisoned by his uncle, the Empire’s ruler. Betrayed and deceived at every turn, Torsten has survived by keeping a firm grip on his sword—and by staying well away from anything to do with the Outside. But when his young sister is murdered, Torsten finds himself irrevocably drawn to El despite her Outsider heritage—and he begins to question everything he has been told about her world.

Intrigued by the existence of a powerful and dangerously advanced world within his reach, the Empire’s ruler, Jurien Arminius, launches a hunt for El and the two Outsiders that arrived with her—the ones who could help him win his war against Torsten and the rebellion that threatens to topple his Empire.

Suddenly, Torsten is forced to choose between defeating his long-term enemy or saving the woman he has come to love . . .


A romantic historical fantasy transformation of the epic Ben-Hur, The Darcentaria Duology is a sweeping saga of adventure, betrayal, true love, hope, and sacrifice about the dangers of lost innocence and the darkness that dwells in all of us.

#2: The Secret of Fire

The gripping conclusion to The Darcentaria Duology. Available July 13, 2021!

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Character Art

El Commission Portrait - Laura Hollingsw

I recently commissioned some character art by the amazingly talented Laura Hollingsworth.

Meet El, the female main character from The Sword in His Hand (The Darcentaria Duology #1). 

Isn't she gorgeous? That red hair...

And this is the male main character and El's love interest, Torsten Eiselher...

And a portrait of the two together...

More Fun Stuff


Are you on Pinterest? Check out my Pinterest board for The Darcentaria Duology!

I used Artbreeder to create realistic digital portraits of the main characters. From left to right you have:

Top row: Jedidiah, Corlan Kasparian, El, Emery/Costigan, Jurien Arminius

Bottom row: Tamsyn Eiselher, Liadan Dimitriades, Torsten Eiselher, Calomel Sarafian, and Aspen/Jonathan

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Praise for the Duology

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