#GuestDayTuesday – The Prince’s Heir by Deborah Jay

Today, please welcome back a long-time friend and fellow author, Deborah Jay. Deborah writes some absolutely terrific epic fantasy, and today is a Red Letter day in her Five Kingdom Series. But I should let her tell you all about that, so … take it away, Debby!


It’s here at last!

Today sees the culmination of a dream turned reality with the release of the final instalment in The Five Kingdoms series.

I set out to write a trilogy, but my characters had other ideas, and THE PRINCE’S HEIR is the concluding novel of what became a quartet.



King Marten’s reign balances on a blade’s edge. Chel’s Casket, symbol of his right to rule, is missing. Can master spies, Rustam and Risada, recover it before someone notices its absence and challenges Marten’s sovereignty? Or is there a more sinister motive behind the disappearance of the casket—a relic that could be used to raise the demon god, Charin.

As a series of natural disasters besets the kingdoms, evidence points towards interference by the meddlesome deity, and the terrifying prospect of war between its two opposing aspects.

When Marten’s beloved wife, Betha, and their infant daughter vanish, Marten faces a stark choice: save his family, or try to save his kingdom from a conflict that threatens all humanity.

Here’s a brief taster:

A loud ‘pop’ interrupted them, and the barbarous figure of a gemeye materialised in the middle of the office’s open floorspace. It took a moment for Rustam to recognise Cat beneath the dirt and blood. Her usually straight brown hair was tangled and matted with leaves, the silver stripe proclaiming the goddess’s favour barely discernible beneath the muck. Dark circles shadowed sunken eyes, and great, bloody scores raked one bare thigh beneath her gem-laden girdle. Her posture twisted to one side, as though she protected an injury, and Rustam barely made it to her side before she staggered towards the nearest chair. He caught her elbow and eased her down.

“What happened?”

Cat blinked up at him and his breath caught at the depth of hopelessness reflected in her unique, brown-marbled eyes. Her chest rose and fell quickly, drawing his gaze to the heavy collar of Cat’s Eye gemstones, each one a perfect match with her eye colour, as were those set in the broad girdle around her waist.

She clutched his arm. “We need your help, Rusty.”

Buy The Prince’s Heir HERE

The Five Kingdoms Series

The series tagline – Think James Bond meets Lord of the Rings – came about from my frustration with the Bond writers, who never allowed the character to develop. Thus, Rustam Chalice was born – a shallow, womanising, spy who would have everything he believed in challenged and turned upside down, forcing him to change and adapt. My love of Lord of the Rings helped me choose fantasy as my genre, and boy, am I happy that I did. You can throw so much more at your cast than you can in a contemporary setting!

So, for those of you who haven’t yet taken the plunge, to celebrate the release of the final book in the set, Book #1, THE PRINCE’S MAN, is on sale for a limited time at just 99c – go grab yourself the starter book of a series about which people are saying:

“Randomly browsing thru newer ebooks and came across this gem. Was delightfully surprised after reading the description “Think James Bond meets Lord of the Rings” which intrigued me to no end, to find that this was exactly how I perceived the book.”
R Lewis

“Reminiscent of Game of Thrones, this delightful fantasy will hold your attention from beginning to end.”
Rhoda D’Ettore

“Jay paints a vivid world, that we are treated to in this dangerous adventure that tests our heroes to every limit. Including having them question everything they had ever taken for granted.”
Miss K Marsden

“Firstly let me say, if you have enjoyed books by Tolkien, Christopher Paolini, or Robin Hobb – you will absolutely enjoy this book.”
Rachel Braithwaite

Buy The Prince’s Man HERE 

Author Deborah Jay

Deborah Jay writes epic fantasy and urban fantasy featuring complex, quirky characters and multi-layered plots – just what she likes to read.

Fortunate enough to live near Loch Ness in the majestic, mystery-filled Scottish Highlands with her partner and a pack of rescue dogs, she can often be found lurking in secluded glens and forests, researching locations for her books.

She has a dream day job riding, training and judging competition dressage horses and riders, and also writes books and magazine features on the subject under her professional name of Debby Lush.

A lifelong fan of science fiction and fantasy, she started writing her first novel aged eight, and has never stopped. Her first published novel is epic fantasy, THE PRINCE’S MAN, first in the Five Kingdoms series, and winner of a UK Arts Council award. #2, THE PRINCE’S SON and #3, THE PRINCE’S PROTEGE are both available with the newly released concluding book in the quartet, THE PRINCE’S HEIR.

Her first urban fantasy, DESPRITE MEASURES, about a Scottish water sprite, is the opening novel of the CALEDONIAN SPRITE SERIES. The companion short story, SPRITE NIGHT is available FREE on most ebook retailers.

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61 thoughts on “#GuestDayTuesday – The Prince’s Heir by Deborah Jay

  1. I really enjoyed the first two books in this series. I have the third on my Kindle, and look forward to reading the final book. A huge congrats to Debby on her release! This is a stunning, imaginative, and intricately-layered series.
    Many thanks for hosting Debby today, Marcia!

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    • I agree with you on every level, Mae! I love Debby’s writing, and this series is terrific! I’m at exactly the same place you are, having read (and thoroughly enjoyed) the first two books, and with the 3rd (and now the 4th) lined up to go. My reading slowed down considerably in the last couple of years for various reasons, but I keep plugging away at it, and I’m SO looking forward to seeing how this one wraps up.

      Thanks for stopping by today and taking a moment to weigh in on these books, Mae. And we’ll have to compare notes when we both wrap up the series! Happy Holidays, my friend! 🤗💖

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    • I love that it didn’t stop at a trilogy, too, Jacquie. And I’m even hoping there will be more stories set in that world, as well. (I’m greedy!) And whoo-boy on that cover! All five are now done by the same artist and are just stunning, aren’t they?

      Thanks for stopping by today, Jacquie, and taking a moment to share your thoughts! Happy Holidays! 😀 ❤

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      • Maria, there will definitely be more, I already have two part written and another 6 in the planning stages! Just need some time to write them, plus the non-fiction book I’ve been paid for, and my other series that I want to give some love to…
        You know how it is.

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    • Thanks Jacqui, and yet another reason I love being Indie, because a publisher would never have permitted it to grow beyond the three! I saw a freshly contracted author on a panel at Fantasy World Con a few years ago, and he’d been told by his editor to turn his proposed trilogy into two books, because the publisher didn’t want to commit to three. He was also give just one year to write them both!

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    • I’m happy she did, as well, Yvette. Her characters are great, and they definitely deserved more “page time!” I’m looking forward to reading this rest of this series, for sure! Thanks for stopping by and taking a moment to share your thoughts! And Happy Holidays! 😀 ❤

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    • Me too! At the point when I realised book #2 was going to be around 250K words, I decided to split out one story line that didn’t intersect until the end, and make it into a separate book. I know that size isn’t unreasonable for epic fantasy, but I’m still glad I did it.

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  2. Congratulations, Debby, on your new release. I love the covers of your books and the story is intriguing. I’m off to Amazon to add to my kindle! Thank you, Marcia, for hosting Debby today. 💗

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    • My please to have Debby here, Gwen, especially with news like this! I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books of this series and am very much looking forward to reading the next two, which are already lined up on my Kindle. I think you’ll enjoy them, too!

      Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a moment to weigh in, especially on those covers! (Aren’t they gorgeous?) And here’s wishing you a peaceful, joyous holiday! 😀 ❤


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