Crusade: Book Three of the Paladin Trilogy

Daniel M. Ford

Old ways have been broken in the blood and smoke of the Battle of Thornhurst by Allystaire Stillbright and followers of the Goddess. Now the Paladin must recover from his ordeal, carve out a hopeful future for the shattered Baronies, and prepare for the next attack upon the Goddess’s new and fragile following.

But the corrupt deity Braech, the Sea-Dragon, will not easily let go of the power that has long been his. Braech’s minions, led by the calculating Archpriest Symod, march on the now-weakened Baronies. The final battle, a crusade against the Mother and all of her followers, is near, and Allystaire, the Arm of the Mother, is left to rally the survivors – including some of his oldest enemies – to face a foe that will not rest until all the Mother’s faithful are broken and each Barony submits to the Sea Dragon once more.

About the author

Daniel M. Ford was born and raised near Baltimore, Maryland. He holds an M.A. in Irish literature from Boston College and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, concentrating in poetry, from George Mason University. As a poet, his work has appeared most recently in Soundings Review, as well as Phoebe, Floorboard Review, The Cossack, and Vending Machine Press. He teaches English at a college prep high school in the northeastern corner of Maryland.


Praise for Crusade:

Ford brings the Paladin trilogy to a triumphant conclusion, wrapping up a memorable tale of duplicitous diplomacy, dangerous magic, and stealthy intrigue. Ford’s saga of warring faiths draws the reader into a vivid world brimming with fascinating characters: some good, some bad, and some just determined to survive. This sterling conclusion to an impressive fantasy epic will leave readers cheering.

— Publishers Weekly Starred and Boxed Review

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