First Draft of “The Knight’s Crucible” Completed

The draft of the second book of the Sentinels of the Saltier Trilogy, which is the fifth book in the Knights of the Saltier Series, has been completed and turned over to the editors for review.

Here is the symopsis of The Lost Knighs and The Knight’s Crucible:

The Lost Knights

In The Lost Knights, which picks up three years after the end of Protectors of the Saltier – Book 3 of the Order of the Saltier Trilogy, Tom and Emily are getting ready for their first vacation since a major change occurred in their lives.  Both have to be in Europe for business and decide to take some extra time to do some sightseeing.  On the day they leave for Europe, one of the Order’s surveillance teams in France is captured while observing an arms deal, vanishing without a trace.  Later, while walking alone in Paris, Tom finds himself in a war zone as immigrants and locals begin battling each other out of fear and mistrust.  Tom begins investigating who provided arms to both sides of the battle and learns that someone is manipulating immigrants and their neighbors to bring about a conflict that could ignite war across Europe.  Tom is captured and is taken to the heart of the organization that is supplying the arms.  He learns that this organization has been manipulating conflicts across Europe for centuries for profit.  Emily must rescue Tom and help stop this organization before Europe is plunged into a devastating war that cannot be won.

The Knight’s Crucible

In The Knight’s Crucible, which picks up one year after the end of The Lost Knights, Tom, Emily, and other members of The Order are heading down to South America to participate in several ceremonies related to the Order’s presence expanding in the region.  Unknown to them, some global banks in the Caribbean are working in partnership with rebels to topple a government and replace it with one that will provide a permanent safe haven for arms suppliers, terrorist training, mercenaries, and unrestricted banking services for terrorist and criminal organizations.  Tom and Emily discover that an old enemy from Europe is also involved.  Just before the members of The Order are to leave South America and return home, they find themselves trapped in the middle of a revolution – cut off from the US Embassy, the airport, and all communications with the outside world.

The third book of the Sentinels of the Saltier Trilogy, which is the sixth book in the Knights of the Saltier Series, is titled The Knights Victorious. I will begin working on that book next week as it is a continuation of the story in The Knight’s Crucible.

More details to come!


About wbspeirjr

Award-winning author William Speir was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1962. His first published work is the 2015 "Muzzle-Loading Artillery for Reenactors." In addition to his artillery manual, William has published 19 novels, including a 9-book action-adventure series ("The Knights of the Saltire Series"), five historical novels ("King’s Ransom," "The Saga of Asbjorn Thorleikson," "Nicaea - The Rise of the Imperial Church," "Arthur, King," and "The Besieged Pharaoh"), one fantasy novel ("The Kingstone of Airmid"), one science fiction novel ("The Olympium of Bacchus 12"), one geo-political thriller ("The Trinity Gambit"), and a stand-alone action-adventure novel ("Shiko Unleashed"). William is a 5-time Royal Palm Literary Award winner: 2014 Second Place Unpublished Historical Fiction for "King’s Ransom," 2015 Second Place Unpublished Historical Fiction for "The Saga of Asbjorn Thorleikson," 2017 Second Place Published Historical Fiction for "Arthur, King," 2017 First Place Published Historical Fiction for "Nicaea - The Rise of the Imperial Church," and 2017 First Place Published Science Fiction for "The Olympium of Bacchus 12." William currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Progressive Rising Phoenix Press, LLC. For more information about William Speir, please visit his website at
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