Still reeling from plague and civil war, the Winter Kingdoms face an invasion force from across the Northern Sea. They are led by mage, a dark spirit in the name of ancient, vanquished gods.
Summoner, King Martris Drayke and an untested generation of new rulers, must stand against an unholy alliance of shadowy invaders.
To prevail, Tris must win the uncertain support of the Dread, spirit-beings that stand guard, within the sacred barrows, over an even more fearsome threat imprisoned within.
In the balance, lies not only the freedom of the Winter Kingdoms, but Tris’s life and the soul of his young son, whose untested magic might be the biggest spoil of war.
The Dread, is Book Two of The Fallen Kings Cycle. It picks up the adventures of Tris, Jonmarc and the Winter Kingdoms gang immediately after the events in The Sworn.
The Dread has been available in stores and online world-wide since February, 2012.
About the Author – Gail Z. Martin
Gail Zehner Martin is an American writer of epic and urban fantasy. She is most well known for her, The Chronicles of The Necromancer fantasy adventure series, for Solaris Books, also for Double Dragon Publishing.
Gail Zelner was born 1 December, 1962, in Meadville, Pennsylvania United States
She was educated at Grove City College, where she received her BA in history, in 1984.
She also received an M.B.A. in Marketing and Management Information Systems from Pennsylvania State University in 1986. She worked for seventeen years as a VP of Corporate Communications and other marketing roles before founding Dream Spinner Communications in 2003.
In addition to her fiction writing, Martin writes feature articles for regional and national magazines. She too, teaches public relations writing and public speaking for the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.
Her first story was about a vampire, which she wrote at age five.
She also enjoyed watching Dark Shadows and Lost in Space, in pre-school.
In college she started a fanzine, and is a regular attendee of science fiction/fantasy conventions, Renaissance fairs and living history sites.
She married Larry N. Martin in 1987 and has three children.
Ascendant Kingdoms Saga
Ice Forged. (January 2013) ; Reign of Ash. ( April 2014) ; War of Shadows. (April 2015); Shadow and Flame. (2016)
The Chronicles of the Necromancer
The Summoner. (January 2007); The Blood King. (January 2008);
Dark Haven. (January 2009); Dark Lady’s Chosen .( January 2010):
Fallen Kings Cycle
The Sworn. (January 2011); The Dread. (February 2012);
Vendetta. (January 2016) ; Iron and Blood. (July 2015); Bleak Harvest. ( March 2015); Brigands. (February 2015); Cursed. (December 2014); Death Plot. ( December 2014); Haunts. (November 2014); Bad Blood. (September 2014); Bad Memories. (September 2014); Collector. (July 2014); Deadly Curiosities. ( June 2014); Wicked Dreams. (June 2014); Coffin Box. (May 2014); Dark Passage. (April 2014); Dead Man’s Bet.( March 2014); Bad Places. (February 2014); Monstrosities. (January 2014); Buttons. (December 2013); The Low Road. (November 2013); Among The Shoals Forever. (October 2013); Stormgard. (September 2013); Blood’s Cost. (July 2013); Dark Legacy. (July 2013); Wild Hunt. (July 2013); Bounty Hunter. (June 2013); Storm Surge.( May 2013); Caves Of The Dead. (March 2013); Raider’s Curse. (February 2013); Steer a Pale Course. (February 2013); Vanities. (February 2013);
The Thrifty Author’s Guide to Launching Your book Without Losing Your Mind. (April 2010).
30 Days To Social Media Success : The 30 Day Results Guide to Making the Most of Twitter, Blogging, Linkedin, and Facebook. Career Press. (October 2010).
Thrifty Author: Social Media and Mobile Apps for Authors. Comfort Publishing. ( August 2012) .