Okal Rel Saga

Part One: The Courtesan Prince

The status quo is shaken up when egalitarian Rire discovers the Sevolite Empire and exposes all to irrefutable proof that a commoner sword dancer is actually racist Sevildom’s long lost crown prince, Amel. Relationships destined to influence history are forged, and the stage set for power struggles in Amel’s name.

First edition published in 2005

Second edition published in 2016


Part Two: Righteous Anger

Sevildom reacts with the threat of a crusade against Rire, pitting father against son in the influential House of Nersal and straining the moral authority of Okal Relto keep conflict within bounds compatible with life in the empire.

First edition published in 2006

Second edition published in 2017



Part Three: Pretenders

In the wake of tragic set backs, progressive leaders find the strength, through friendships, to establish a new order at court, negotiated by the apparently powerless Amel. One of them is the legendary Ameron, returned from time slip.

First edition published in 2008

Second edition to be published in 2018



Part Four: Throne Price

Erien’s returns to his homeworld to champion his Reetion foster father, and causes the collapse of the uneasy truce among Sevildom’s leadership in a series of shocks that end in sordid horror for some but overall affirms the power of Okal Rel to keep the peace for all.

First edition published in 2003

Second edition TBD



Part Five: Far Arena

Rire resists diplomatic relations with Sevildom by claiming the moral high ground, thus straining the patience of House Nersal and dragging Amel through intense public interest in him as a victim of Sevildom.

First edition published in 2009

Second edition TBD




Part Six: Avim’s Oath

Rejected by Erien, and challenged by Perry to realize the dream of making the Blue Demish a court power, Amel competes with Luthan to win Demora in a bizarre competition to identify which of them is ‘nicer’. Luthan struggles with her love of Erien and Vretla just wants to get pregnant by either Pureblood. When Amel’s new body guard, Alivda, chucks Vretla out of Amel’s bedroom, she joins Erien on a mission to rescue his young nephew, Leksan, who is kidnapped by a rival clan. Amel and Erien struggle to cooperate for the greater good while competing for love and for oaths.

First edition published in 2010

Second edition TBD

Part Seven: Healer’s Sword

Amel must appease the League of Demish Women for the Betterment of Men, aided by Princess Samanda O’Pearl. Although Amel is making progress with becoming respectable, Midlord liege Ilse Marin, from a family long loyal to Ev’rel, is reluctant to swear to him. Instead, she gets involved with Erien’s Academy of Science for Sevolites where she meets Horth Nersal. Erien’s work and Horth’s literal mindedness, get Horth and Ilse into big trouble with the Lion Reach Demish on a mission to bring staff for the Reetion Embassy to Gelion. Everything comes to a head at the first Cultural Exchange with the Reetions, on Barmi II.

First edition published in 2012

Second edition TBD

Part Eight: Gathering Storm

Amel’s “Cinderella Ball” at which he must pick a bride, Sevolite prejudice against Reetion acceptance of homosexuals, and a persecuted order of peace-loving Nesaks stir the pot at Erien’s first cultural exchange. Amel will be married before the exchange is done, Eler will be out of the closet as a playwrite, and the next war with the Nesaks will break out. Ilse Marin’s attempt to flee her troubles only brings Horth Nersal calling, ending her attempt to deny her feelings and pitching her into even deeper trouble with her own kind.

First edition published in 2012

Second edition TBD


Part Nine: Holy War

Alivda must win twice to conquer and the space war might be the easiest… An entire world is at stake in the battle to hold off a rogue Nesak attack on Barmi II. Quinn, the mysterious Lorel, has the knowledge to save lives, including Horth’s and Amel’s, but it’s unclear whether he can be trusted in light of disturbing discoveries on Gelion. Samanda struggles to adjust to her new status as Amel’s wife, despite Eler’s mockery about her sexual innocence. Alivda takes the war to SanHome where she has a chance to lead the pacifist alliance to victory by the sword —If she can first win the right to duel, on a world where only men have status under sword law. And in the shocking conclusion, much depends on how Nesak priest Herver Glorian breaks the news to the Nesaks that more than just highborns have souls.

First edition published in 2013

Second edition TBD

Part Ten: Unholy Science

The battle to define the future plays out in centuries-old intrigue, a brand new religious revolution and the gruelling conclusion to the Nesak war in this emotion-rich and action-packed finale to the 10-novel Okal Rel Saga. Divided loyalties bedevil some characters. Others have to strike a balance between living with themselves and winning at all costs on occupied Demora. Horth and Ilse find love in the eye of the storm. Herver’s peace movement starts a war Horth has to finish, with Alivda waiting in the wings to challenge him for the prize. And Amel, prince of kindness, has to weaponize his inner strength if he hopes to save everything he cares about.

First edition published in

Second edition TBD