It has been two years since James Hoade married the love of his life and became the Lord of Loxley. He and his wife Elena have had a son and his new life is just starting to feel normal. But England is threatening to tear itself apart from within, when alliances form to remove King Henry from the throne. With hostilities in France, and along the Scottish border, England’s forces are divided. All of this is of little consequence to James since Loxley is of no strategic Importance, and far from the reaches of invasion. But much of England’s nobility is incensed that this upstart is now supposed to be considered their equal, and the time has come for them to show him his proper place in the world. James is ordered to head north and stop Scotland’s King William from reclaiming Northumberland, while Stephen is sent on a quest to France, to save the Queen. Defender of the North is Book 2 in the Defender of the Realm series. In an age of castles and knights, James Hoade must, once again, prove himself worthy. Join James, Allyn, and Stephen as the adventure of a lifetime continues!
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Defender Of The Realm is a rousing, historical-based action adventure. The castle-town of Dansford is one of many such outposts along the Welsh frontier charged with the protection of English subjects by the authority of King Henry II. For Lord William Marleigh, the smooth operation of Dansford is only half of his problems. He must also find a suitable marriage for his son, Stephen. A daring attack upon the castle changes everything when a hapless merchant inadvertently becomes a hero. He and Stephen become friends and embark on a journey to meet Stephen’s betrothed. Through a series of mistaken identities, she believes that the merchant, James, is her intended. Before Stephen can set things right, he is made privy to new information regarding the Welsh attack, and for the sake of the realm, he must race to London, and inform the King. Left on his own, James must fend for himself in a world of nobility and manners, where one wrong slip of the tongue could be the death of him. Defender Of The Realm is an exciting, and often humorous ride through England of old that breaks down the social barriers of class distinction by examining what truly makes one noble. It’s the adventure of a lifetime!
Book 3 in the Defender of the Realm series. The rebellion to remove King Henry II from the throne of England has been crushed. The perpetrators have either been imprisoned, or have all met untimely ends. Henry’s forces have done such a thorough job of rooting out the dissidents, that England seems to truly be at peace. Appearances can be deceiving. When hostilities are bottled up, they find new avenues of release and bring forth something Lord James has never had to deal with before when a mutilated body is discovered in his quiet town of Loxley. Facing a foe on an open battlefield is a far cry from finding a monster hiding in the shadows, or worse, the madman who walks among them. It is medieval murder most foul, and James must wrestle with his conscience over what is the truth, and what is justice.