Ghostspeaker Chronicles

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Ghostspeaker Chronicles

Evil magic, ghosts and survival in a fantasy-historical setting.

The complete series.

The story of Johanna Brouwer, a headstrong merchant’s daughter cast into a maelstrom of evil when the Fire Wizard invades her city during the Prince’s ball. Forced to flee for her life with her possessed friend and the only surviving member of the royal family, the mad prince, she has to learn to survive, set aside her notions and do what’s best for her people.

Innocence Lost

Ghostspeaker Chronicles 1

As the only child of a successful merchant, Johanna has her wits and a sense for business.

The royal family is in deep trouble: ever since the crown princess died of illness, the king has attempted to educate his son to become king. However, the prince is “not good in the head” and quite unsuited to the task. In his grief for his daughter, the king has run the coffers dry: he hired dubious magicians for even more dubious tasks. Those magicians circle like vultures waiting for the kingdom to fail. The king must get his son on the throne, preferably supported by a smart and well-off wife.

He holds a ball in his son’s honour. Johanna has agreed to a dance. But the guests include a number of magicians who are not there for the festivities.


Willow Witch

Ghostspeaker Chronicles 2

The second book in the saga. Johanna, Prince Roald, Nellie and Loesie have been captured by bandits.

Touched by evil magic, Loesie behaves ever stranger and may be a danger to attempts to escape.

Every step they take brings them closer to the duke who is said to be the source of evil. Is he the necromancer who has burned all of Saardam?


The Idiot King

Ghostspeaker Chronicles 3

Johanna, Roald, Nellie and Loesie have come to Florisheim finding many of their kinsmen there. The survivors from the burning of Saardam who have come here are the nobles who were never great supporters the old king, and it is likely that they won’t support his son either, even if he was normal. They support his marriage to Johanna even less and Johanna’s position as the new king’s wife would be improved immensely if she produced an heir, but so far that’s not happening.

Florisheim is alive with evil magic, and that magic is starting to affect the Saarlanders who are unused to it. They suffer apparitions of ghosts, people driven to injure themselves, or taken prisoner to work in a mysterious hole in the ground.

Johanna knows that they have to get out of that evil place, but where can they go when the violence covers the entire known world?


Fire Wizard

Ghostspeaker Chronicles 4

Johanna, Roald, Nellie and Loesie return undercover to the devastated city of Saardam. In the months since they fled, the Fire Wizard Alexandre has ruled the town with campaigns of death and fear, focused on the eradication of the Church of the Triune, the former state church of Saarland that doesn’t allow magic and that is more popular with the common people than with nobles.

Johanna meets up with underground members of the church, even though her little gift of magic makes her feel ambivalent about it. She knows that ousting Alexandre will require a powerful magician, something she and her followers do not have. What is more, Alexandre’s men discover the group, and the band of resistance fighters faces the showdown with the tyrant long before they’re even close to ready for it.


The Dragon Prince

Ghostspeaker Chronicles 5

The tyrant Alexandre is gone from Saardam, but a new menace has come: the eastern traders in a ship of metal that is said to have been forged with dragon magic. They bring a chest of gold to buy an office in the city.

The people don’t want them in their town. The Church of the Triune, which forbids magic, has increased its hold on the population, despite the Red Baron’s efforts to stamp it out.

Newly-crowned queen Johanna is staring into the empty coffers after the extravagant spending by her husband’s father before his death. King Roald is off in the garden to catch frogs, and she faces condemnation by the church in the knowledge that Saarland will need both money and magic to defeat the Red Baron’s army.


The Necromancer’s Daughter

Ghostspeaker Chronicles 6

Queen Johanna’s position in Saardam is fragile. The Barons and Kings of the countries in the hinterland are not happy that she helped the royal family to survive and is now about to ensure the next generation. They vow to teach this little upstart country a lesson for once and for all. Of course it is not so much about petty rivalry, but about access to the sea port that connects the hinterland with the lucrative ocean trade.

Johanna knows that if it came to a fight Saardam could never survive, so she has invited all the heads of state and other important people for talks to invest in the city’s shattered infrastructure for the benefit of all. As a congregation of royal families gathers such as the lowlands have never seen, the magicians travelling with the esteemed guests prepare the final and most insidious attempt to get control of the upstart little country and its usurper, commoner queen: through her baby daughter.


Ghostspeaker Chronicles Books 1-3

Ghostspeaker Chronicles 1-3

Evil magic, ghosts and survival in a fantasy-historical setting.

Books 1-3 Omnibus

The story of Johanna Brouwer, a headstrong merchant’s daughter cast into a maelstrom of evil when the Fire Wizard invades her city during the Prince’s ball.

Forced to flee for her life with her possessed friend and the only surviving member of the royal family, the mad prince, she has to learn to survive, set aside her notions and do what’s best for her people.

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Ghostspeaker Chronicles Books 1-6

Ghostspeaker Chronicles Omnibus

The complete series omnibus of the Ghostspeaker Chronicles.

As daughter of a river trader in the kingdom of Saarland, Johanna doesn’t want to marry or do “ladies’ things”, she wants to take over her father’s business.

The choice is not hers to make. The kingdom is in trouble. The crown princess has died and the king’s only other child, prince Roald, is unfit to reign, even if no one knows why. In his despair the king has given a lot of money to the church of the Triune and plunged the kingdom deep into debt.

Johanna’s father has money. He has a daughter. Johanna agrees to a dance with the prince.

No, she does not fall in love–far from it, but love is the least she needs to worry about. First, she has to deal with betrayal, ghosts, fire demons, wizards and necromancers.


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