“Kingdom of Durundal” series by S. E. Turner

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‘Where clans and courts collide
Where masters and leaders connive
Where rulers rise and fall
in the Kingdom of Durundal’

I would like to introduce you to my series – The Kingdom of Durundal – available in kindle, paperback, and free in kindle unlimited. There are four books, made up of the following elements:

Fantasy, history, ancient mythology, sword and sorcery, battles, apothecary (herbal medicines), spirituality, honour, betrayal, vengeance, hope and despair, relationships, the building of families, the destruction of clans, the downfall of courts, moral dilemmas, voyages of discovery, journeys of body and soul, coming of age, love, strength, courage.

The Kingdom of Durundal is foremost a series, and involves the same central characters throughout. The books can be read independently of each other – and can be read as stand alone – certainly by Book Three – there are more dynamics and more themes – a rawness and a much darker side. However, to get the flow of the story – it is best to start at the beginning with ‘A Hare in the Wilderness’ and read through the story in order. That way, you understand how the characters develop – and how their lives interweave. —S. E. Turner

A Hare in the Wilderness – Book 1


When a child is stripped of her identity and banished to the wilderness forever, a life of hardship awaits. Cast out with the mother who bore her, they find sanctuary in the far north of the kingdoms. Here she has a new life, she finds love. She is safe with the clans, no one can harm her this far north – until the day an enemy breaches the horizon.
But now that child is a woman of courage, with exceptional fighting skills and a strength far beyond her years – she has faced death many times before and survived. To her, survival is second nature; and survive she must if she is to defeat this enemy, protect those she loves, and ultimately, take back what is rightfully hers.


A Wolf in the Dark – Book 2


With the arrival of the Empress Ajeya to Castle Dru in Durundal, and pledging her allegiance to the realm, King Lyall is compelled to divulge his own past. His story begins some five years previously, when, as a fourteen year old prince, he witnessed the despicable lengths that people go to for power.

With the king and queen dead and his castle home in ruins, he runs for his life through an ancient, disused tunnel. But he is about to discover more than he ever thought possible – and with revenge in his heart, will he ever find the means to seek vengeance?

With richly woven characters, whose lives are braided together by love, ambition and revenge – the journey continues. For this is the Kingdom of Durundal, home of legends and gateway to destiny.


A Leopard in the Mist – Book 3


With the Empress Ajeya still in attendance at Castle Dru in Durundal, the narrative continues with Namir’s record of events. His story begins with his near death experience after the battle, but this pales into insignificance compared to what was about to come.

Namir has survived the battle but is now about to face his worst nightmares. Taken away from all those he loves, he is held against his will in a derelict, disused tower. He is abandoned, sick and dying. No one knows where he is except the person behind the deception. But with time running out, is there anybody out there to save him?
For now there is another more wicked than those before – one that seeks even more control and more power; one that serves to bring down the Kingdom of Durundal forever.


A Stag in the Shadows – Book 4


In the Kingdom of Durundal we are now at the present day. Ajeya is preparing to leave for Ataxata with Dainn. The Kings are drawing up the peace treaty…..

—-and somewhere between Castle Dru and Ataxata, a man lies buried in the snow – is he dead? Is he alive? No one knows for sure.

But close by, in the darkest depths of Break Pass Ridge Mine, there lives a villain so monstrous that he calls himself the King of the Mountain. With a lust for power and an insatiable greed – he strips families apart and forces them to work for him in the grounds of Hezekiah Hall. But worse than that, he keeps ‘special’ prisoners locked up in total darkness, never to see the light of day again. Some have already died there, some have been there for so many years they cannot remember how long.
But now – someone is planning a revolt…


Readers Speak

Fantasy that springs to life on every page – FIVE STARS

“Although fantasy isn’t one of the genres I normally read, I decided to give this one a chance, and now I’m looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
This book could easily become a television series- along the same lines as Game of Thrones.
The characters are believable, and it’s easy to follow them along their journey in good times and bad.

Ajeya will melt your heart, but don’t think she’s a weakling- she is every girl, with an inner strength that most people never realize they have.

I’d recommend this book to readers that enjoy fantasy with family saga involved. Suitable for most any age because the author was careful with the language used, and created a vivid ‘other world’ that is totally captivating.” —Amazon’s Customer

Great Read! – FIVE STARS

“A Wolf in The Dark is a fantastic coming of age second book in this series. This long-ago legend, when kings ruled and atrocious wars were fought to take over territories and possessions, is well written with many twists and turns. The author embedded many visual descriptions and painted images with words that held me spelled bound as I continued to trek through this chronicle. It kept me on the edge of my seat anticipating what would happen next to the young future king. Book number three should hold just as much enjoyment for the reader.” —Amazon’s Customer

Book 3 in a highly recommended series. – FIVE STARS

“Embedded in this beautiful story is a profound exploration of grief and loss, and the struggle that humans have in resolving their emotions and experiences when they confront the inevitable changes that accompany the passing of someone they have loved and valued.
At more than one point in the narrative, the reader is compelled to consider those soul-searching questions again as the overwhelming power of grief resonates deeply within both the characters and the reader.

It is a moving and at times heart-wrenching story of coming of age and fulfilling destiny by making the right decisions, not just for oneself but also for the society in which one lives.” —Amazon’s Customer


About S. E. Turner

8183T4xCFXL._US230_S E Turner – mother, teacher, artist, writer – is the creator of the ‘Kingdom of Durundal’ series and credits her love of Scotland, with its magnificent castles and spectacular scenery, for the atmosphere and setting. A life-long enthusiast of epic fantasy, she loves the magic of Disney, the wit of Tyrion Lannister and the courage of Katniss Everdeen.

Turner has created two very different worlds in the kingdom of Durundal. The clans that live off the land, finding strength in spirit animals and guides; and those at court, who seek power on another level – a level that seeks to destroy.

Though it is not always the most powerful who prevails…it’s often the bravest.


‘These are very well written novels. The characters grow and develop well, while the story plot builds momentum and then draws to a quite believable and desirable ending. The visual cues bring the reader into the story in a way that many authors have not learned to do. It is important to bring the reader into the story early and hook them either with action, emotion, or environment. This author smoothly weaves all three into an imaginative tapestry of words.’

B Allen Thobois
Writers House of Corrections.


The Kingdom of Durundal series is far more than the single genre of ‘fantasy for young adults’. Rather, it blends into a numinous crossroads where The Hunger Games meets A Game of Thrones. I wanted to write a series that everyone could read, and I’m happy to provide an exciting, epic story that a wide variety of ages will enjoy.


A Hare in the Wilderness – Book 1
A Wolf in the Dark – Book 2
A Leopard in the Mist – Book 3
A Stag in the Shadows – Book 4

The final book in the series:

A Moth in the Night – Book 5 – to be released at the end of 2019


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