The Defenders of Dembroch
The Sinners' Solemnities
On an eerie night much like this one, the King of Dembroch left on a secret mission, only to return in a casket.
THIRTY YEARS LATER
Identity unknown, the King’s Killer remains at large, gathering forces to slaughter innocents and drench an entire country in blood. It will happen, he promises, at the end of the Sinners’ Solemnities, a dark festival in which sacrifices breed monsters and madness.
Desperate to stop this act of terror, the Queen of Dembroch dispatches her defenders to reform the Arx Alliance, a formidable force for good from yesteryear. But best laid plans never go quite right.
Our heroes—Nick, Clay, Jenn, Meghan, and Page Trey—face a world of adventure and peril. There are islanders who yearn for new, permanent residents, Stricken Men who cannot die, and witches who crave their marked ones. Necromancers toy with death, telepaths hide their thoughts behind masks, and pirates burn treasure to quench their thirst. All the while, a monster calls for a new king, a devious trap awaits, and the dark festival approaches. It will be an evening of pure terror when a new moon rises on the winter solstice. The longest, darkest night of three decades.
THE SINNERS' SOLEMNITIES
Set sail in the second installment of Author Patrick Harris’ classic tale about the hidden beauties and beasts of the world, the lengths we go for peace, and a desperate hunt that will tear our defenders asunder.
The Defenders of Dembroch
The Age of Knights & Dames
Dead is the king of Dembroch, as are many of our knights and dames. We, the queen and Civium, call upon the noblest members of the public to aid our kingdom. Join the defenders of Dembroch. Save us.
Brave of heart, young of body, four friends--Nick, Meg, Jenn, and Clay--answer the call for this perilous task. They're named knights and dames of the Reserves. Yearning for adventure and danger, they wait with bated breath for days, weeks, months...
TWENTY YEARS LATER
Once friends, now strangers, Nick, Meg, Jenn, and Clay--the last of the defenders--are summoned to the kingdom. It's still in need. And what awaits them is more than they could have feared.
The Timeless Kingdom of Dembroch isn't just a tiny, cute Scottish island reliant on farming and fishing. It's past the Norwegian Sea, shrouded in storm, and protected by the Bolts of God. Its history is more magical, its current predicament chilling, and its future terribly grim. Only a dozen citizens remain on the crumbling isles. Deep in the woods lies a ravenous, unkillable monster. There is a famine of flames, a witch in waiting, a looming curse. Magic dies and dead men walk. Clocks don't tell time. Eyes don't see. Invisible doors take you far away. Nick and his friends alone are the last defense to save the kingdom, its people, and its queen.
Whether on a winter's night or summer's day, revel in Patrick Harris' timeless classic of knights and dames and a timeless kingdom called Dembroch that you'll never want to leave.
REVIEWS FOR THE DEFENDERS OF DEMBROCH
Satisfyingly original…Epic, well written, and spiced with a satisfying mix of strong characterization and original fantasy... More, please!”
MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
There is never a dull moment in the plot…races from point to point with excitement and a fresh appetite for adventure, making a superb opening novel...
The book is a lot of fun! …the prose flows like pure poetry. Harris has some serious talent. I love the world of Dembroch.