Books by "Maria Albert" (8)

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Descent of Kings

Descent of Kings | Books One - Four

In a fantasy world filled with Men, Elves, and Dwarves, these disparate kingdoms must unite to overcome a greater enemy who would see the world drown in darkness. Princes, guards, and average citizens all have a part to play when it comes to saving the world… and maybe finding a companion to ease the heart.


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The Final Battle

Descent of Kings | Book Four

Descent of Kings: Book Four

“But I am just a Man! You all want so much of me! …I am not a wizard. I am not even one of you. I have no magic. There is no fire in my eyes.”
—Rion of Ardock

Rion wields a power of heart that touches all he meets. The wizard Circe once called him a lynchpin, a keystone of the world. When Rion is viciously attacked and maimed in Gosa, he believes Circe’s family is retaliating for his betrayal of them to Crown Prince Elavar. Learning the horrific truth brings him to the brink of madness.

Rion’s friends take him to the River Elves of Salenia for aid, but the Elves send them onward, to King Talon. The company’s perilous journey to the Watchtower is fraught with danger and filled with tragedy and triumph, but their trials have just begun.

King Talon’s army has been decimated by the Enemy’s relentless attacks. After staggering losses, they are outnumbered ten to one and teeter on the brink of defeat—yet somehow their dwindling forces must overcome a being with the Power of a God.

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The Coming of the King

Descent of Kings | Book Three

Descent of Kings: Book Three

“The world is ending. It is a cruel place and perhaps it should end. But then, there is Rion and you, and the brothers, and Rarnak, and those like you, those I might still find reason to fight for. So I look for Jargas, so he might help me, for I can stand alone against the darkness no longer.”
—Farad, Lord of House of Wolven

After risking all to come to the aid of Rion and his friends, Farad believes his only hope for sanity and survival lies with Jargas. Yet it is Jarina who will either destroy or save him, at the cost of a lifetime of faith and loyalty to Prince Talon.

Meanwhile, past the outskirts of Nalea, Aras and Leonas undertake a dangerous mission to parlay with the Hill People, never dreaming the fates of both their own people and Talon’s rest upon the outcome. Ironically, consumed by suspicion and mistrust, believing Jargas to be the Enemy’s minion and fearing Farad lost, Talon lashes out at Aras, with devastating results.

The Amontir see agents of the Enemy everywhere, where there are none, and fail to see those who are beside them, ready to strike.

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Heir to the Throne

Descent of Kings | Book Two

Descent of Kings: Book Two

“It would not be the first time I made such a grave tactical error. I have made many. It is not your responsibility to save this world from the evil that threatens to consume it, Aras. Do not blame yourself for my shortcomings.” —Prince Talon of the Amontir

When his bonds to his cousins Hunter and Beryl are unexpectedly severed, Talon is devastated, fearing his kinsmen dead. In his darkest hour, Talon succors a young Wood Elf, Aras, unaware of the crucial role his new friend is destined to play.

Prince Jargas thought he would never learn the secret of his grandsire’s line and his lost heritage. He never suspected the answer might lie in a Dwarven dungeon or that it could cost him the life of his beloved twin sister, Jarina.

Young apprentice trader Rion and his guard, Tarrell, thought Athanark would be their new home until they met Talon and Aras.

Friends become enemies and enemies become friends as new alliances are forged, men die, cities burn, and kingdoms fall. Everyone has secrets, and no one is who or what he seems.

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Prelude to War

Descent of Kings | Book One

Descent of Kings: Book One

“Never make a mistake, Beryl. Never, in your youth or ignorance or arrogance, do something that might endanger your people, that might cause others harm.”
- Elven Prince Eladar

Eladar, second son of the Elven King of Riviera, can never atone for his disastrous initial foray into the Lands of Men, but he yet hopes to make his family proud. Before his simple mission to meet Prince Talon of the shattered kingdom of Amontir is done, he saves lives and takes them, finds love, and stands to lose all he holds most dear as he leads Talon’s cousin, Beryl, to sanctuary amongst his people.

Caravan guard Alnas is searching for an unconventional love and thinks he’s found it in Hardred, but he must first overcome the former mariner’s tragic past. Neither man dreams their act of kindness in freeing Master Trader Oberas’s snagged cargo vessel will trigger events that alter the fate of their world.

The destinies and lives of these men and others become inescapably intertwined with that of Rion, son of a minstrel and a City Guard, in a world about to be consumed by war. Their trials and tragedies, mistakes, and triumphs will either save the world or destroy it.

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Detective Jefferson Jeffries doesn’t understand why his lover, florist Sean Wycliff, refuses to commit to Christmas dinner with his family. Christmas at the Jeffries household will be special this year. Deployments are ending and siblings are coming home from as far away as Afghanistan and Iraq—everyone but the youngest son will be there. But Sean has been avoiding meeting Jeff’s family for nearly a year, and Jeff has started to think Sean doesn’t really love him. When Jeff’s prodigal baby brother Derrick comes home to Hilldale for a surprise visit, he tries to convince Jeff that Sean is just afraid to meet them. Love can be a rocky road, but when this special family comes together for the holiday, they show it’s worth every mile of the journey.

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Man of Honor

2009 Daily Dose | To Have and To Hold

Coming home after a harrowing six-month deep cover assignment, all Detective Gabriel "Angel" D'Angelo wants is to hold his lover Dillon and never let go. Instead, Angel receives the shock of his life when he climbs into their bed and discovers a half-naked woman there! Devastated by the perceived betrayal, Angel vanishes into the night, leaving a heartsick and distraught lover behind. Will Angel's friends be able to find him and help him reconcile with Dillon before he makes the mistake of his life?


A part of the 2009 Daily Dose Set, To Have and to Hold, which includes 30 M/M romance stories providing a glimpse of the many forms of love: love at first sight or a love for the ages, wedding bells or engagements, or that inexplicable something that makes you think "I do," the men in these stories are all touched by its spell.

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Christmas Angel

2008 Advent Calendar | Christmas Dreams
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Undercover detective Gabe is tracking a ring of thieves through the Electronics barn store, where Dillon catches his eye. Gabe didn’t expect to find an angel among sinners, but he knows he wants to be in the giving spirit, if he can convince Dillon to accept.


A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2008 Advent Calendar package "Christmas Dreams".

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