The Novels of David Chandler


Made centuries ago in sorcerous fires, the Ancient Blades are seven magical swords, each with a greater and more deadly power than the last.  An order of knights was formed to wield them, hand-picked from the greatest warriors of the Kingdom of Skrae.  Their true destiny only begins now, however, eight hundred years later, and it begins in the Free City of Ness…

Den of Thieves: Book 1 of the Ancient Blades Trilogy

Malden is a thief, and a good one.  Too good, perhaps, as he has attracted the attention of the local Guild of Thieves.  He’s given a simple choice: join them or die.  Malden’s smart enough to know which to pick, but he wasn’t counting on the initiation dues: one hundred and one gold royals, more than most citizens of the Free City of Ness would make in a lifetime. When the perfect job comes along, one that would clear his debt in one stroke, he jumps at the chance.  He only has to break into the palace of the city’s ruler and steal his golden crown… and make it out alive. What Malden couldn’t know is just how valuable the crown is, and to what lengths the city’s ruling class will go to get it back… or make sure it’s never found again.  Caught in a deadly power struggle over the very future of his city, Malden must face powerful sorcerers, the daughter of a witch, and two battle-hardened knights […]

Honor Among Thieves: Book 3 of the Ancient Blades Trilogy

The third book of the acclaimed Ancient Blades Trilogy finds our heroes in the middle of a barbarian invasion, fighting against berserkers and hardened warriors, barely holding back the tide of death that threatens to sweep over the Kingdom of Skrae.   Sir Croy finds himself elevated beyond his station; Malden returns home to find no one in charge of the Free City of Ness, and no one watching the valuables; and Cythera discovers her destiny… whether she wants it or not.   Don’t miss this third volume–the action moves too fast!

A Thief in the Night: Book 2 of the Ancient Blades Trilogy

As a thief, Malden is unparalleled in the Free City of Ness, and happy there.  But by saving the life of the knight Croy, Malden has bound himself to an ancient, noble brotherhood… and he now possesses one of only seven Ancient Blades capable of destroying demons. Malden fears accompanying Croy and the barbarian Morget on their quest to dispatch a foul creature of nightmare… nor does he want to disturb the vengeful dead.  But with an assassin on his heels, the young cutpurse is left with no choice.  And there is the comely sorceress Cythera, to consider, promised to Croy but in love with Malden.  Not to mention the fabulous treasure rumored to be hidden in the depths of the demon’s lair… A Thief in the Night picks up right where Den of Thieves left off and continues the action and adventure!  Though each book works as a standalone, they fit together in a mosaic of fantasy that will be concluded with the third volume, to be released later […]