The Sword in His Hand by J.J. Fischer

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The Sword in His Hand
(The Darcentaria Duology #1)
By J.J. Fischer
Christian Historical Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 496 Pages
February 9, 2021 by Ambassador International

“One is an opportunity. Two is a threat. Three is an invasion.”

For hundreds of years, strange things have been washing up on the shores of Darcentaria. But when a young foreign woman named El is found unconscious on the beach amidst the burning wreckage of a strange metal craft, the villagers of Odessa are immediately suspicious—is she an agent of the Dalriadan Empire, their cruel oppressors for as long as they can remember? Or does she come from the Outside, the vast and legendary lands beyond their borders from which no man or woman alive has ever returned?

Torsten Eiselher, a talented young swordsman, has spent the last nine years of his life wrongfully imprisoned by his uncle, the Empire’s ruler. Betrayed and deceived at every turn, Torsten has survived by keeping a firm grip on his sword—and by staying well away from anything to do with the Outside. But when his young sister is murdered, Torsten finds himself irrevocably drawn to El despite her Outsider heritage—and he begins to question everything he has been told about her world.

Intrigued by the existence of a powerful and dangerously advanced world within his reach, the Empire’s ruler, Jurien Arminius, launches a hunt for El and the two Outsiders that arrived with her—the ones who could help him win his war against Torsten and the rebellion that threatens to topple his Empire.

Suddenly, Torsten is forced to choose between defeating his long-term enemy or saving the woman he has come to love . . .

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Other Books in the Series

The Secret of Fire
(The Darcentaria Duology #2)
By J.J. Fischer
Christian Historical Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 352 Pages
July 13, 2021 by Ambassador International

Only one can save them.

The Rebellion has fallen.

The door to the Outside has been opened.

And the one who opened it—Jurien Arminius—is now the most powerful man in Darcentaria.

But everything they have known is about to change forever.

Separated by Arminius but fighting to get back to each other, El and Torsten encounter unlikely allies that reveal stunning truths about each other, the Outside, and the very beginnings of Darcentaria itself.

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About the Author


Jasmine (J.J. Fischer) is living proof that it is possible to be addicted to tea and coffee simultaneously. Both made it possible for her to complete her Bachelor degree in English Literature and Creative Writing in 2012.

Jasmine is married to David, and together they are the proud owner-parents of five warring pet chickens who tolerate each others’ existence—most days. When tempted away from the keyboard, she enjoys reading, thinking about lasagna almost as often as Garfield the cat, and working towards her black belt in karate. She vows to one day write the perfect fight scene. Jasmine makes her home near Sydney, Australia, where most animals want to kill you and drop bears enforce a daily reign of terror. If you’re reading this, please send help.


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EXCERPT

“If there is a God,” said Torsten with finality, “He is as blind and ineffective

as the ones in the temples in Antaris. I stopped listening to anything

the gods had to say when they ignored my pleas to get me out of the camps.”

He noticed Jed’s wry smile. “I know you Sklarians. You would tell me that

your God is the true one and I should seek Him. Yet I don’t see that your

people are any better off than the godless Killurians. If anything, you’ve

suffered more.”

“I said as much the same to El once.”

“And what did she say?”

“She told me a story.” Jed eased back in his chair. “Two men who have

forgotten everything about their past lives find themselves in a dark room.

One concludes that there must be no such thing as light because there is only

darkness in the room. The other concludes that light must exist because darkness

is not an entity in itself, but the absence of something else. Light.”

“Her point being?”

“The same circumstances can support two different points of view,

Eiselher. The fact of suffering is no more evidence for the absence of God

than the presence of darkness is evidence for the non-existence of light.”

“And what do you think?” Torsten’s tone was faintly scornful.

“I think God puts suffering in our lives to shape and direct us. Maybe

even to guide us toward the light . . . to help us grow.”

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