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Friday, December 3, 2021

don't miss the side stories of the Sentinel Series by Helen Garraway

"As with all of Helen Garraway’s books, you can never second guess what will happen, and at every new turn, she brings you to more situations that you would not have anticipated. Her innate writing capability of retaining your attention at all times, makes her books ‘unputdownable’ You are ensnared, and lost in the world of Remargaren from the very first paragraph. A beautiful read." Daisy W., Goodreads


Sentinals Recovery (#3.5)

Sentinals Recovery is a novella set in the world of Remargaren. It occurs immediately after the battle at Oprimere. Although this is a complete story, the reader would benefit from reading the first three books in the series.

Birlerion is recovering from the near fatal injuries he received in his second, epic battle with the Ascendants. He returns home to Greenswatch, the Watch that adopted him, to recuperate and finally meet his Darian stallion, Kin’arol, who has been waiting, somewhat impatiently, to bond with him.

Only Kin’arol is not there. Someone has stolen him. For such a distinctive horse, he has vanished into thin air.
Though not fully recovered, and still hampered by his injuries, Birlerion sets off, accompanied by his brother Versillion, to recover his horse. Not even Assassins, belligerent Terolians or the harsh Terolian desert will stop him from bonding with Kin’arol, though his failing body might.

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Characters' “side stories” 

Sentinals Recovery is a side story. Which is why I labelled it book 3.5. This book is extra special because I never intended writing it. But I physically couldn’t get Birlerion back to Greenswatch to bond with his Darian stallion, within the timeline of Sentinals Justice, book three of the series.

Book four, Sentinals Across Time, due out in Spring 2022, is two years on so I wanted to explain the importance of Birlerion bonding with his Darian before then as it is mentioned on occasions in the second and third books. It felt like a gap to me, a loose thread and the story needed writing.

Of course, it also gave me the chance to meet some amazing new characters and to get to know some of the other characters we previously only met in passing. It was fun to build out the relationship between Birlerion and his brother Versillion.

I also have a free novella set about seven years before the first book Sentinals Awaken, called Sentinals Stirring. If you sign up to my newsletter you can download it for free, or you can purchase it via Amazon if you prefer. In Sentinals Stirring we see how my main characters, Jerrol and Taelia, first meet, and their first step on the Lady’s path. Although Jerrol and Taelia are quite young in Sentinals Stirring, they are adult by the time the main series begins.

Sentinals Justice (#3)

Sentinals Justice is the third book in the saga of Remargaren, a vibrant, ancient world of high fantasy suffused with magic and adventure.

The third installment of the Sentinal series takes us to the frozen north, to the Grand Duchy of Elothia. Border tensions with Elothia force King Benedict to send a diplomatic envoy to sue for peace. Benedict has his hands full with Vespiri and Terolia, he can't afford a war on his northern border as well. Commander Jerrol Haven is sent to broker peace. Having met Grand Duke Randolf the thirteenth before, Jerrol hopes their previously successful negotiations will assist in a speedy resolution and allow him time to discover how to rescue Birlerion from the Ascendants.

Meanwhile, the Chapterhouse has received a request for a scholar to assist in searching for signs of the Sentinals in Elothia. Taelia is assigned the task, because Scholar Torsion is also missing after the attack at the Watch Towers.

Amidst escalating tensions and conflicting needs, Jerrol journeys to Elothia, hoping to meet with Randolf before the Ascendants can influence him. Escorting Taelia is an unexpected bonus. Can Jerrol stop Elothia and Vespiri from going to war? Will they find more Sentinals? And can they find out where the Ascendants took Birlerion and Torsion before it is too late.

Sentinals Justice concludes the opening trilogy...though the adventure will continue!

Sentinals Rising (#2)

Sentinals Rising is the second book in the saga of Remargaren, a vibrant, ancient world of high fantasy suffused with magic and adventure.

Jerrol Haven, having rescued the king from the clutches of the malevolent Ascendants, knows they haven’t stopped their scheming. While trying to learn more about the mysterious Sentinals he woke from a three-thousand-year sleep, he has to defend his king and country from further magical attacks.

Should he trust the Sentinals in such vital positions? Can he trust them to protect the king and Vespiri? As Jerrol learns more of their capabilities, he realises there are more secrets yet to be revealed. Maybe those questioning their sudden rise in power have a point.Before he can delve further, a call for help comes from the neighbouring country of Terolia. 
The nomadic Families are disintegrating into chaotic infighting. The king sends Jerrol to investigate, instructing him to do whatever is needed to protect the Families from the Ascendants.

Sentinals Awaken (#1)

Sentinals Awaken is the first book in the saga of Remargaren, a vibrant, ancient world of high fantasy suffused with magic and adventure.

As a three thousand-year-old threat reemerges, only one man has the power to awaken the world’s greatest protectors and restore order to the realm. He just doesn’t know it yet. When Jerrol Haven, a captain in the King’s Rangers, discovers treason at the highest level, he knows immediately that the knowledge puts his life at risk. And indeed, though he expected the ailing King to shield him, the ambitious Crown Prince sentences Jerrol to death.

What hold does the Prince have over his weakened father, and who or what is he protecting?

Now, with signs that her veil is weakening and the Ascendants are creeping back into power, she has returned and is in dire need of Jerrol’s help. For though he doesn’t know it, Jerrol possesses a rare gift: By chance, he touches a revered Sentinal tree and awakens Birlerion, one of the Lady’s personal guard who have been sleeping in the strange, tall trees since they were last called to battle. Aided by Birlerion, Jerrol flees and begins his journey to help Lady Leyandrii save Remargaren once more.

But time is running out: As it was with the King, the old guard Lords are everywhere being usurped, attacked, and assassinated. Jerrol must unravel the mystery of the Ascendants’ return, stop the sinister force that is dividing good families through bloodshed and betrayal, and rescue the King—and his troubles are only just beginning.

Ideal for lovers of The Witcher, Tad William's Shadowmarch or the Belgarion series.

About the author:
Helen Garraway lives in the leafy royal borough of Berkshire in the UK and has been writing about the world of Remargaren, a fantasy world of her creation, since 2016.

An avid reader of many different fiction genres, a love she inherited from her mother, Helen writes high fantasy stories where she creates her own worlds and populates it with amazing characters and adventures. When she has time, she also enjoys paper crafting and scrapbooking as an escape from the pressure of working as a Product Manager.

Having graduated from the University of Southampton with a Degree in Politics and International Relations, she remains an active member of their alumni.

Having ventured into the world of self-publishing, Helen has now published three books with a fourth scheduled to release in December 2021.

Sentinals Awaken, released October 2020, was Helen's debut novel, which was followed by Sentinals Rising in March 2021 and Sentinals Justice in released September 2021.

Sign up to Helen’s Author newsletter and download a free novella set in the World of Remargaren, Sentinals Stirring, set about seven years prior to Sentinals Awakens.

Author's Giveaway


Helen Garraway said...

Thank you for hosting my book series! I hope your readers enjoy them. Helen Garraway.

Bea LaRocca said...

I like the covers and synopses, this sounds like an awesome book and series. Thank you for sharing your guest post and books' details and for offering a giveaway, I am looking forward to reading your stories

katieoscarlet said...

Sentinals Justice (#3) has the best cover in the series

lildevilgirl22 said...

this series sounds interesting

Laura said...

Wow. Terrific covers for quite the intriguing series.

Helen Garraway said...

I am so glad you are loving the covers! The panoramic views are so beautiful. My designer Jeff Brown of Jeff Brown Graphics did an amazing job. I hope you enjoy the books. Kind regards Helen Garraway

Nancy P said...

Looks good