Cover Reveal – Swords of the King

I am proud to show off the cover for Swords of the King, Book III of Battle Scars.

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The story…  two years after the events of For King and Country…


Normandy, March 1196
King Richard has their loyalty.
The French would have their lives.
And John, the king’s brother, will never forget how they betrayed him.

The kidnapping of the king’s former sister-in-law sets off a chain of events that entangle the knights Henry de Grey and Stephan l’Aigle in politics and intrigue, treason . . . and murder.

What begins as escort duty for the knights becomes a chase through the Norman countryside on the trail of her son, the young duke. Assassins want him—and the knights—dead.

If assassins’ blades don’t kill them, King Richard’s war to recover his continental domains from France may. The king and his brother may be allies, but can John be trusted when he once conspired with the French to overthrow Richard? John’s desire for revenge in that failed coup haunts Henry.

Stephan may not be able to convince Henry his worries are for naught, but from their journey on crusade to the Holy Land, to the battles against John’s unscrupulous cronies in England, to the war with France, he has been at Henry’s side. Henry and Stephan are more than comrades. They are lovers. Only a few close friends know their secret, but an old enemy and even the king threaten to tear them apart. Will they risk everything for each other knowing they can never have a normal life together, that their love could cost Henry everything but Stephan?

Does only heartache lay ahead?

With Swords of the King, Charlene Newcomb follows up her award-winning novel For King and Country (Battle Scars II), a finalist in the Chaucer Awards for pre-1750 Historical Fiction, amidst the turbulent final years of the reign of Richard I of England, the Lionheart. This epic adventure furthers an original Robin Hood origins story and will captivate fans of historical fiction and anyone who likes a little romance—forbidden romance—with their history.


    1. Char Avatar

      Thank you, Matthew!!

  1. Sharon Bennett Connolly Avatar

    Love it! Can’t wait to read it, Char.

    1. Char Avatar

      Thank you, Sharon. Can’t wait for you to read it, too!

  2. Catherine Hedge Avatar

    Dear Char, this is fabulous! I love the way you divided the first three lines and steamlined your description. What a great cover! Congratulation! Cathy

    1. Char Avatar

      Thanks, Cathy! Your feedback, writers group feedback – always welcome.

  3. tigers68 Avatar

    Been waiting for this 🙂

    1. Char Avatar

      Thanks, Paul – I hope you can fit it into your busy writing and reading schedule! 🙂

  4. Anna Belfrage Avatar

    I swear, I’ll not forgive you if you tear them apart. My heart is already contracting with pain…Great cover!

    1. Char Avatar

      You will find out soon enough, Anna!

  5. cav12 Avatar

    Whoever is your cover designer has done a fantastic job! Great covers, Char 😀

    1. Char Avatar

      Thank you, Luciana. I took a chance with – designer Travis had a few fantasy covers in his portfolio, but nothing medieval, but he was great to work with. We hashed out the details to ensure the ribbon and text aligned, and I have been thrilled with the results.

      1. cav12 Avatar

        The series looks great, and that ribbon effect with the test alignment works extremely well. Well done to you both 😀

  6. D. Wallace Peach Avatar

    Great covers! I love the way the designs fit together. Congrats on the book!

    1. Char Avatar

      Thank you! 🙂

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