Today I’m happy to present the cover of A King’s Bargain, book 1 of the Legend of Tal Epic Fantasy series, which is set to be released on June 1st 2020.
J.D.L. Rosell is the author of more than seven books, including the dark epic fantasy series The Famine Cycle, the fast-paced LitRPG/Gamelit series The Everlands, and the sword-and-sorcery series Legend of Tal. He also writes some serialized books, including the Nordic epic fantasy The Frozen Throne, which has over 100k views on Wattpad.
Previously, J.D.L. Rosell earned an MA in creative writing and has written as a ghostwriter. Always drawn to the outdoors, he gets out into nature whenever he can and indulges in his hobbies of hiking and photography. But most of the time, he can be found curled up with a good book at home with his fiancée and two cats, Zelda and Abenthy.
The illustration was made by René Aigner. Check out his other works on his website! Typography was made by J.D.L. Rosell.
The legend of Tal Harrenfel is sung across the Westreach — and with each telling, the tales grow taller. But though he’s declared a hero by his King, Tal has never claimed to be more than a man... After three decades of fighting warlocks, killing mythical beasts, and hunting enchanted treasure, Tal has had enough. Running from the deeds of his past, he retreats to his home village under a different name and meets an unlikely companion: Garin, a village boy who dreams of making a name for himself and seeing the world beyond their sleepy town. When Tal receives a mysterious visitor, both he and Garin find themselves thrown into a sojourn across the kingdom. Soon, they become embroiled in the plots of monarchs, on the frontlines of an ancient war, and at the mercy of a fabled sorcerer. Now Tal must live up to his legend, and Garin discover his own power, to survive the forces pitted against them… Name of the Wind meets Witcher in A King's Bargain, an intertwining sword and sorcery adventure and coming of age tale. If you like The Wheel of Time, The Dragonbone Chair, or The Stormlight Archive, you’ll love the captivating world of Legend of Tal!
A Word from J.D.L. Rosell
Legend of Tal is, at its heart, a story about stories. Not only does the series pay homage to fantasy classics like Lord of the Rings and The Wheel of Time, but it’s brimming with interweaving tales that are essential to the characters and the plot.
As a long-time reader, I’ve always loved the myths within fantasy worlds, but most of all when they’ve not only fleshed out the cultures, but the story and cast at hand.
One fantastic example of this is The Kingkiller Chronicle, where a greater story beyond Kvothe’s journey is revealed in pieces through the stories told by characters like Skarpi. As readers, we know this world-story will influence our beloved protagonist at some point, and it grants each individual telling all the more poignancy.
In this first book of the Legend of Tal series, A King’s Bargain, I strive for a similar effect through the veiled and competing stories surrounding the protagonist, Tal Harrenfel, and the world he fights to save. I hope you’ll give it a shot!
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