Steel and Sorrow: Book Two of the Blood and Tears Trilogy

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A Warleader proves his worth, a High Mage seeks revenge, a Commander overcomes his past, and a Queen solidifies her rule. More

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About Joshua Simon

Unlike most authors, Joshua did not immerse himself into the world of books as a child. After finishing graduate school, he quickly made up for lost time by buying and devouring countless graphic novels. Remembering his love of the original Conan movies, he moved on to the fantasy genre with the compilations of Robert E. Howard. He was hooked.

Since then, he has moved on to other authors such as Glen Cook, Joe Abercrombie, George R.R. Martin, Steven Erikson, Paul Kearney, Steven Brust, Peter V. Brett, Patrick Rothfuss and many more.

Joshua was inspired to write and create his own fantasy world after reading Glen Cook’s Black Company series. Thanks to a vivid imagination, he soon found himself with more ideas than he knew what to do with. After some prompting by his wife, he decided to focus his efforts on stories in a series called Blood and Tears.

Due to uncertainty in the publishing industry these days, Joshua is pursuing self-publishing. Warleader, a prequel short story, and Rise and Fall, the first book, are both now available. Walk Through Fire, a prequel novella, is scheduled to be released in April.

When not writing, Joshua lives a life devoted to God and spends time with his beautiful family. He is employed as an accountant.

Currently, he is working on the remaining projects in the Blood and Tears series.

Warleader: a prequel short story (available now!)
Rise and Fall: Book One in the trilogy (available now!)
Walk Through Fire: a prequel novella (available now!)
Steel and Sorrow: Book Two in the trilogy (Summer 2012)
Break the Chains: a novella (Fall 2012)
Untitled: Book Three in the trilogy (Early 2013)

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Review by: Keith West on Oct. 16, 2012 : star star star star star
Second volumes of trilogies are often viewed as filler between the setup in the first volume and the resolution in the third. That's not the case here. Many of the plot threads from Rise and Fall are resolved, but new ones are added. The characters grow and change, and there were several unexpected twists. The battle sequences were exciting and creative. The ending sets up the next book well. This is a solid work of military fantasy from a writer to watch
(reviewed long after purchase)

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