A Trial of Blood and Steel

4 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 411 ratings

Sasha Publisher's Summary

Sasha is a fighter, the likes of which the highland country of Lenayin has never seen.

Spurning her royal heritage to be raised by the great warrior Kessligh, Sasha's exquisite swordplay astonishes all who see it. But she is young, untested in battle, and often led by her rash temper. In the complex world of Lenayin loyalties, her willfulness is attracting the wrong kind of attention.

Lenin is a land divided by its beliefs: the Verenthane of the ruling class, and the pagan Goeren-yai, amongst whom Sasha now lives. The Goeren-yai value swordplay and honor, and have come to see Sasha as the great spirit who will unite them. But Sasha is still searching for what she believes and must choose her side carefully.

Soon she will face her moment of testing. Is she ready to lead? Can she be the savior the Goeren-yai want her to be?

©2016 Joel Shepherd (P)2016 Podium Publishing
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  • Book 1

    • Sasha

    • A Trial of Blood and Steel, Book 1
    • By: Joel Shepherd
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 23 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 155
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 147
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 148

    Sasha is a fighter, the likes of which the highland country of Lenayin has never seen. Spurning her royal heritage to be raised by the great warrior Kessligh, Sasha's exquisite swordplay astonishes all who see it. But she is young, untested in battle, and often led by her rash temper. In the complex world of Lenayin loyalties, her willfulness is attracting the wrong kind of attention. Lenin is a land divided by its beliefs: the Verenthane of the ruling class, and the pagan Goeren-yai, amongst whom Sasha now lives.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Engaging, well written, and wonderfully performed.

    • By Jean Alexander on 12-28-16
    • A Trial of Blood and Steel, Book 1
    • By: Joel Shepherd
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 23 hrs and 15 mins
    • Release date: 11-29-16
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 155 ratings

    Regular price: $41.99

  • Book 2

    • Petrodor

    • A Trial of Blood and Steel, Book 2
    • By: Joel Shepherd
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 24 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 103
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 99
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98

    Petrodor is a city of alleys and shadows, where life is cheap and the only respected currency is blood. Away from the hills of her Lenayin homeland, Sasha is fighting a new battle in the dark alleys and wealthy houses of Petrodor. An influential trading center, Petrodor holds the key to preventing the coming war between Lenayin and the mighty Bacosh. Together with her mentor Kessligh, Sasha attempts to navigate the political intrigues of the port city and find a new way to stop the war.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Get ready for some odd politics with no background

    • By Greg Walsh on 08-02-17
    • A Trial of Blood and Steel, Book 2
    • By: Joel Shepherd
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 24 hrs and 14 mins
    • Release date: 12-20-16
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 103 ratings

    Regular price: $41.99

  • Book 3

    • Tracato

    • A Trial of Blood and Steel, Book 3
    • By: Joel Shepherd
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 76
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74

    For 200 years Tracato has been the center of enlightenment, as the serrin have occupied human lands and sought to remake humanity anew. But the serrin have not destroyed Rhodaan's feudal families entirely, and as Tracato faces the greatest threat to its survival in two centuries, old rivalries are stirring. Sasha must assist her mentor Kessligh to strengthen the Tracato Nasi-Keth, yet with one royal sister siding with the feudalists and another to be married to Tracato's most powerful foe, her loyalties are divided.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • action, action, and more action!!!!

    • By Clifford Wooden Jr on 04-08-17
    • A Trial of Blood and Steel, Book 3
    • By: Joel Shepherd
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
    • Release date: 03-07-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 76 ratings

    Regular price: $39.99

  • Book 4

    • Haven

    • A Trial of Blood and Steel, Book 4
    • By: Joel Shepherd
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 23 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75

    The Army of Regent Arrosh advances on the forces loyal to Saalshen, homeland of the serrin people, as the serrins' friends are in full retreat. Their only hope is to reach the city of Jahnd - the serrin word for haven - across the Ipshal River. The Army of Lenayin marches with the Regent, but Sasha, sister of newly crowned King Koenyg, can no longer stomach the awful cause for which her people fight.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perfect ending to a great series!

    • By Kindle Customer on 06-19-17
    • A Trial of Blood and Steel, Book 4
    • By: Joel Shepherd
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 23 hrs and 12 mins
    • Release date: 06-13-17
    • 5 out of 5 stars 77 ratings

    Regular price: $39.99