New Fantasy Novel Takes Readers to ‘A Grave for Kings’

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Joseph Walter portrays the Guardian’s journey across the ashes of war-torn world

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The world, dark even in the best of times, has just seen the most devastating of wars ravage its lands and stain its oceans. In “A Grave for Kings” (published by Xlibris), the war may have finally come to an end, but even more conflicts begin to rise from the ashes. Joseph Walter’s new fantasy novel follows the story of several characters – a young lord with the weight of the world on his shoulders, a knight who sees shadows in every corner he looks, a priest with a mysterious past and unknown motives, and lastly the man the world calls the Guardian, both the savior and destroyer or this war-torn realm. Some embark on a desperate sojourn to keep alight this faint flicker of hope for those dwelling in these darkest times, while others fight to snuff it out.

The people of Altera struggle to recover from the depredations they have just endured. They look forward to the upcoming royal coronation of Pentar Risevio, a young man who many see as the one who will lead them to better days, even as a coming storm brews on the horizon. On one side of Altera, in a land strange and mysterious to the common folk of the world, a battle of ferocious proportions rages. Far from there, across seas and land and more seas, one leader confronts another and many schemes are afoot.

Far from both of them, on the northern most continent, one man leans with his back to a wall, the living becoming the dead all around him. His name is Cailen Stormfire, but the people of the world call him the Guardian. This is his story, amidst war, heartache, betrayal, loss and much more, he struggles to come to terms with the effects one life can have on so many others. As he is swept along the tide that is the will of the people, he will learn as well as anyone ever has, that the world he calls home is a “Grave for Kings.”

Readers will see that the strongest of bonds can form in the most unlikely of places, even in the darkest of times. Walter treats them to a tale of epic fantasy, vast in scope, gripping in its unpredictability. With its intricate narrative, they too will embark on a voyage, uncovering the past while watching as the future unfolds before them.

“A Grave for Kings”
By Joseph Walter
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 302 pages | ISBN 9781503550469
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 302 pages | ISBN 9781503550476
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Joseph Walter lives with his wife in New York. His best friends are his books. He is an indecisive but avid reader of fantasy and science fiction, and dabbles in mystery, horror and true crime. He has many passions, but writing is by far his greatest, after – of course – being a good husband, which he may or may not have just been forced to add.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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