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Order of Light: Book Two of New Blood - W.D. Kilpack III

Order of Light: Book Two of New Blood - W.D. Kilpack III

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2022 International Firebird Book Award Winner • 2023 The BookFest Award Winner


The future of Mankind relies on the Guardian of Maarihk. Can a mysterious Order help him repair the damage of choosing happiness over duty?


Despite the Guardian of Maarihk being condemned as anathema, and his very existence relegated to legend, Natharr resumes his ancient responsibilities as Mankind's protector. He joins with a mysterious Firstborn companion, Ellis the Elder, to journey into the snow reaches of Biraald, where his Sight promises he will find those who secretly adhere to the ways of the Olde Gods.


Although Biraaldi bloodlines show their Firstborn heritage more clearly than even in Maarihk itself, the two nations have never enjoyed peace. It has been far worse since the rise of Brandt the Usurper to Maarihk's throne. Natharr and Ellis must navigate the threats not only against the Firstborn, but the Maarihkish, as they seek out the sympathizers he Saw who are brave enough to resist Maarihk's tyranny. Only then can the damage be repaired from when Natharr chose personal happiness with Darshelle and the young crown prince over his weighty responsibilities as Guardian of Maarihk.

  • About the Author

    W.D. Kilpack III, MPC, PSMC, is an award-winning and critically acclaimed internationally published writer, with works appearing in print, online, radio and television, starting with his first publication credit at the age of nine, when he wrote an award-winning poem. As an adult, his first three novels, Crown PrinceOrder of Light, and Demon Seed each received the International Firebird Book Award, while Crown Prince and Order of Light received The BookFest Award. Demon Seed and Rilari were both Editor's Choice on BooksShelf and, previously, Order of Light was a Top Pick. He also received special recognition from L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Contest for his novella, Pale Face. In total, his books have received 18 awards. He has been editor and/or publisher of 19 news and literary publications, both online and in print, with circulations as high as 770,000. He is a partner in Safe Harbor Films, LLC, where he does their screenwriting and oversees their marketing efforts.

    He received both his bachelor's and master's degrees from Westminster College of Salt Lake City. As an undergrad, he double-majored in communication and philosophy, while completing the Honors Program. As a graduate student, he earned a master of professional communication with a writing emphasis. He was also a high-performing athlete, qualifying for international competition in Greco-Roman wrestling.

    He is a communication professor and a nationally recognized wrestling coach. He is an accomplished cook and has cooked nearly every type of food on a grill. He is happily married to his high-school sweetheart and is father to five children, as well as helping to raise five step-children. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he continues to live, coach and teach.

  • Reviews

    • 5/5 Stars — “What an incredible story! A brilliant followup to an amazing first book. One of the most well-written and well-developed stories I have ever come across. A poignant, sensational, and captivating novel that will take [you] on a turbulent-but-fantastic journey full of ups and downs and shocks and thrills galore! Order of Light is compelling thanks to enthralling moments as well as the unpredictable nature of the book that will have you turning the pages with haste from beginning to end ... The reader is taken on an exceptional journey that is continuously evolving. Order of Light is a remarkable, fascinating, and addictive read with a unique premise as well as the excellent literature. Kilpack is an incredibly talented author who clearly knows how to write unique-but-engaging stories. What I loved most about Kilpack’s writing is his remarkable descriptions because they genuinely amazed me! Order of Light is a marvelous, stellar, and supreme book that will entertain, delight readers from start to finish. Five stars!” —
    • 5/5 Stars — "Order of Light by W.D. Kilpack III is a fabulous book. It is magical and captivating. I was immersed in the story from the beginning till the end. The characters and the plot were both so well-written that [it] made me feel I was with them. A wonderful novel that I enjoyed 100% and recommend to all. " —
    • 5/5 Stars — Order of Light is "just as good [as Crown Prince], just as quick-paced. Kilpack has an amazing ability to storytell. That's an amazing quality that makes you want to read one more page, one more chapter. This lovely book has events and descriptions that make the reader become invested in the characters and, thus, the story. I can't wait for the next book!" — Clairey Reads (Coventry, England)
    • 5/5 Stars — "A great followup to Crown Prince [which was] one of the most fantastic fantasy books that I have read so far! New characters are introduced and I'm impressed by his storytelling ... from characterization to event building ... everything is lucid. I'm eagerly waiting for book three." — Just Pratibha (India)
    • 4/5 Stars — "W.D. Kilpack does it again with Order of Light. Following on from the fantastic Crown Prince, we get to find out more about Ellis and Natharr as they go on their quest to find the sympathisers they need to get the Prince back on the throne. In a supposedly sleepy village is where they find the people they are looking for, who have been under the careful watch of the garrison for years. However, behind closed doors, there is a different story to tell and Natharr has to work out how they can use this to their advantage. A great fantasy book with all the world-building you'd expect from this author. Getting more back story and introducing different, important characters and how they've been affected gives you even more insight into where this story is heading. I really enjoyed this book!" — Books with Gina (England)
    • 3/4 Stars — Order of Light's "best part is vivid description. Each character is outlined with distinct traits ... these details bring them to life, making them more realistic and relatable. I recommend this series to those who love fantasy novels, especially ones with medieval elements." —
    • 4/5 Stars — "The author writes beautifully, with swaths of description and rhetoric, prose equal to the stories intricacies. Although Fantasy is not my favorite genre, I really enjoyed Order of Light! If Fantasy is your thing, then you will be in your element!" — Daisy Hollands (Shropshire, England)

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