The ‘First Blade of
Ostia’ is an accolade few will achieve. In Ostenheim, a city obsessed
with duelling, it is one that nobody forgets.
Bryn’s earliest memory is of watching duels in the arena. His earliest dream is of taking his place there.
Amero has no dreams. His life has been about fulfilling the expectations of others. In search of a path of his own, the dreams of others are too tempting to resist.
After years of sacrifice and hard work, Bryn is finally a professional duellist. Becoming the First Blade of Ostia no longer seems the childish fantasy it once did. To find the man standing in his way is also his best friend will test him in ways he would never have believed.
Duncan M. Hamilton holds Master's Degrees in History and Law, and has practiced as a barrister. He lives in Ireland, near the sea. Hamilton's debut novel, The Tattered Banner, first of the Society of the Sword trilogy, was named one of BuzzFeed's 12 Greatest Fantasy Books Of The Year in 2013. That book was followed by The Huntsman's Amulet and The Telastrian Song, and by Wolf of the North, a Norse-inspired fantasy trilogy. His previous novel, Dragonslayer, began the Dragonslayer trilogy.