On their way to laying their fallen leader, Dante Blackhart, to rest, the Blades – a highly atypical mercenary band – accept a job offer. It soon becomes clear, however, that their employer has a hidden agenda and is being far from honest with them. Before they know it, the Blades are embroiled in sorcerous shenanigans and the disappearance of a queen, which leads to them defending a besieged city against an invading army in the face of impossible odds.
Fortunately, they have a trick or two up their collective sleeves, but will that be enough?
In The Blackhart Blades, David Gullen delivers a novella of swashbuckling adventure and duplicity, told with wry humour; a fantasy of found family, dangerous magic, good food, war, heroism, betrayal… and terrible poetry.
“This is a gem of a sword and sorcery adventure… beautifully drawn characters and neat plot twists. I wish I had written it.” – Martin Owton on Goodreads
“The Blackhart Blades by David Gullen is that rare and lovely thing, a short fantasy story… I would not be surprised if sequels followed.” – SFCrowsnest
“This was a delight to read. It is fast moving, witty, and attention grabbing… I highly recommend this!” – LibraryThing reviewer
The Blackhart Blades is available as an A5 paperback and an ebook, and has been paired with Emma K. Leadley's Telling the Bees in a special edition Double Novella hardback, signed by both authors and limited to just 50 numbered copies.