Covenant of Blood


Book One of The Thayria Cycle

On Thayria, the brutal Sarasinian League dominates. Yet beneath its arrogant façade, decades of corruption, neglect and incompetence have left it weakened and vulnerable. Even as its subject peoples yearn for freedom, the League, preoccupied with violent expansion, shows astonishing complacency in the face of impending revolt.

Against a backdrop of relentless bloody battles, a provincial governor chooses a path that could change the course of history. A group of military cadets faces an increasingly dire future. And a jaded research assistant sets out to recover an object of immense power and dreadful consequence.

In the centre of this gathering storm stands an improbably long-lived and immensely powerful figure whose hatred of the League knows no bounds…

A tale of diverse peoples and places, Covenant of Blood is set in a world where innocence is dead, mercy is non-existent, and authority is wielded with an iron fist.

This book is free to read in its electronic form, and can also be purchased as a paperback.

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When we were little, our parents and teachers told us we could always trust the police. Cops have our back, they said. They always have our best interests at heart. Right?

No.  It’s a load of crap, and this book isn’t afraid to say it. I wrote The Police Are Not Your Friends because it rubs me the wrong way when teachers and parents lie to kids about stuff. Silly, harmless untruths like Santa Claus or the Tooth Fairy are one thing, but bullshit about how the police are their bestest buddies in the whole world is another. It’s as stupid as it is dangerous. The average kid laps up this sort of rubbish, but they don’t grow out of it until the day the ugly truth sprays capsicum in their face.

The police really aren’t your pals. Would your friends intimidate you and take your fear to mean respect? Would they trample your rights and freedoms? Would they bash you, and maybe even kill you? No, they fucking wouldn’t. But cops do those things all the time AND get away with it! So let’s cut the crap about how much they care about us and start having a conversation about how police have become our enemies.

You can buy The Police Are Not Your Friends from Amazon (click to open link in a new tab). The e-version is US$2.99 and the paperback is US$8.99

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