The Demonsouled Series

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For fans of Robert E. Howard, David Gemmell, and Raymond E. Feist, here is a new story of sword and sorcery.

Banished for fifteen years, the wandering knight Mazael Cravenlock returns home at last to the Grim Marches, only to find war and chaos. His brother plans a foolish and doomed rebellion. His sister hopes to wed a brutal and cruel knight. The whispers speak of living corpses that stalk the night, of demons that lurk in darkness, and a sinister snake-cult that waits in the shadows.

Yet Mazael’s darkest enemy waits elsewhere.

Within his own tainted soul…

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For fans of Robert E. Howard, David Gemmell, and Raymond E. Feist, here is the sequel to the critically praised “Demonsouled.”

Mazael, now Lord of Castle Cravenlock, has subdued the demonic power within his soul, though at terrible cost to himself. Yet peace remains elusive. Mazael’s former overlord plans a war of pride. A corrupt order of militant knights scheme for brutal and bloody conquest. The serpent people and their followers plot a terrible vengeance upon Mazael and his sister.

And a foe more terrible than any he has yet faced awaits.

For Mazael was not the only child of the Old Demon…

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A story ten years in the making, here at last is the triumphant third book of the “Demonsouled” series.

Mazael, now Lord of Castle Cravenlock, faces his darkest challenge yet. A horde of inhuman fiends has descended upon the Grim Marches, slaying and killing. The priests of the serpent god lurk in the shadows, scheming vengeance upon Mazael…and upon his family.

But both the fiends and the priests of the serpent god serve another master, one who plots to seize the throne of the heavens itself, a foe that even Mazael’s skill and valor may not be able to defeat…

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MAZAEL CRAVENLOCK stands victorious over all his foes, and wishes nothing more than to live quietly in peace, overseeing his lands. Yet a relic of the ancient world, a thing of black sorcery, has been unearthed, a weapon that threatens to turn the Grim Marches to a realm of corpses.

And Mazael’s sins might return to devour him…

ROMARIA GREENSHIELD has mastered herself at last, the human and Elderborn halves of her soul in harmony. Free from her past, she travels north to start a new life in the Grim Marches.

But now she faces a hunter that even she might not have the skill to overcome…

LUCAN MANDRAGON is trapped in the netherworld between life and death, imprisoned by his own folly. Haunted by visions of his mistakes, tormented by memories of his past, Lucan finds himself the prey of a spirit both mighty and corrupt.

And the price to escape might consume all he has left…

CORVAD burns with the blood and power of the Demonsouled. He will take up the sword of the Destroyer, and throw down the realms of men.

And once he claims the ancient relic for himself, all the world shall be his…

MOLLY has lost everything she holds dear, and has no reason left to live.

There is only one cure for her loss, one vengeance she can take for her pain.

The death of Mazael Cravenlock.

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For fans of David Gemmell, Robert E. Howard, Robert Jordan, and Raymond E. Feist, the DEMONSOULED saga continues in a new volume.

MAZAEL CRAVENLOCK has defeated the Malrags, and returned to the Grim Marches in triumph. Yet with no new enemies to conquer, his Demonsouled blood threatens to blaze out of control. When a deadly new foe attacks, will Mazael rally the Grim Marches to victory?

Or will he listen to the whispers in his blood and kill everyone who stands in his way?

RIOTHAMUS is the apprentice of the Guardian, the arcane defender of the barbarian Tervingi nation. Driven from their homes by the Malrag hordes, the Tervingi must find a new homeland. Will Riothamus help lead the Tervingi to safety?

Or will the Tervingi nation be destroyed to the last man, woman, and child?

LUCAN MANDRAGON has returned from the spirit world, his magic and his will stronger than ever. His purpose is now clear, and a great mission lies before him, a quest to rid the world of a terrible evil.

The utter destruction of the Demonsouled.

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For fans of Robert E. Howard, David Gemmell, Robert Jordan, and Raymond E. Feist, the DEMONSOULED saga now continues in a sixth volume.

MAZAEL CRAVENLOCK is now the liege lord of the Grim Marches, fighting to defend his lands from the numberless hordes of undead. Yet old enemies plot his demise, and a cunning assassin lurks in the shadows, preparing a deadly trap.

HUGH CHALSAIN is the youngest son of the Prince of Barellion. When invaders from the sea conquer his land, Hugh must fight to save his home…or perish upon the blades of his foes.

MALARIC is the bastard son of the Prince of Barellion, despised and outcast. But with the stolen power of Mazael’s Demonsouled son, Malaric has the strength to claim what is his…and exact a horrible vengeance upon anyone who ever crossed him.

LUCAN MANDRAGON has returned from the dead, wielding dark magic beyond measure. Now nothing can stop him from fulfilling his righteous mission.

The utter destruction of the Demonsouled.

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MAZAEL CRAVENLOCK is the last hope. As castle after castle falls to the runedead horde, Mazael must led his armies to victory…or the world shall fall into darkness forever.

And Mazael must stop his father’s dark plans. No matter what the cost to himself.

LUCAN MANDRAGON wields the relics of a forgotten empire, the runedead his to command. Soon he shall destroy the Demonsouled and free the world of their curse forever.

No matter who he has to kill to do it.

SKALATAN is the strongest of the serpent priests, and soon he shall become stronger still. For he shall claim the power of the Demonsouled and become the new god of the serpent people.

And then all men will bow before the serpent god.

THE OLD DEMON is ready at last.

For centuries he has plotted and manipulated kings and lords. Now he shall seize the power of the Demonsouled for himself, and become the new god.

And all the world shall be his to torment.

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Combined for the first time in one volume, here are the first three books of the internationally bestselling DEMONSOULED series – DEMONSOULED, SOUL OF TYRANTS, and SOUL OF SERPENTS.

Banished for fifteen years, the wandering knight Mazael Cravenlock returns home at last to the Grim Marches, only to find war and chaos. His brother plans a foolish and doomed rebellion. His sister hopes to wed a brutal and cruel knight. The whispers speak of living corpses that stalk the night, of demons that lurk in darkness, and a sinister snake-cult that waits in the shadows.

Yet Mazael’s darkest enemy waits elsewhere.

Within his own tainted soul.

And with the dark magic of his blood, he can either save the world…or destroy it.

62 thoughts on “The Demonsouled Series

  1. I absolutely love this series. Filled with great characters these stories move with astonishing speed through complex side plots and always end satisfactorily. So glad I picked up Demonsouled as a free read, because Jonathan Moeller is my new favorite author.

    Yup, he delivers every time. I cannot wait to crack Soul of Dragons.

    1. Hi Ysabeau,

      Thanks for the kind words about the DEMONSOULED series. If all goes well, I hope to start writing the fifth book in the series, SOUL OF SORCERY, on or before June 1st.

      -JM

  2. I have read ( and enjoyed everything I have read by you so far) including the ghosts series , and the third soul, but especially the demonsouled series. I read constantly but have not enjoyed a set of characters since the wheel of time by Robert Jordan. I really enjoyed the dark side to the novels sOme of the imagery of the necromantic magic and the price paid To wield it left whispers of truth for me
    To chase. I was wondering what your history was with magic and the arcane and how you came to b interested in that subject?

    1. Hi ivy,

      Thanks for the kind words about the DEMONSOULED books!

      Generally, I tend to use magic in my books as a metaphor for illegitimately acquired power. Especially in THE GHOSTS books, but for Lucan Mandragon in DEMONSOULED as well.

      1. Hello thank you for responding , Lucan stole power which twisted him, and he ended up in the fortress of his mind/soul seeing first hand the damage he had done to his mental and spiritual self. This was not a new thought for me but it was definitely a well wrote out one. Genius I think! Have you ever thought of writing a screen play? You seem To understand some elements of magic that others do not , was that just good research or was There more to it? If you did write a screenplay that became a movie I’m sure it would b popular thanks again

        1. Hi ivy,

          I’m glad you liked the scenes inside Lucan’s mind – they were tricky to write, and I was unsure how readers would respond to them. I haven’t done any formal research on magic. To be honest, I got the idea for the Lucan scenes from the “Inception” movie. :)

          I’ve never considered writing a screenplay, since I’m not sure how well a book would adapt to the big screen (or even the small YouTube screen).

          -JM

  3. N e ways I just wanted to tell u that I a rabid reader of not just this type of work. I am right now working my way through the Babylonian talmud, done books by conservative author Rabbi and different authors on spiritual warfare. I volunteer at a homeless shelter teaching classes on inner healing I pick up a book for fun (yours ) and really did enjoy if I will buy more my questions are just curiosity. Thanks for answering

  4. Great books, downloaded demonsouled and got the others right after, hooked cant wait for the next ones, lucan was one of my favorite characters in the books. Hope there will be more! Thanks

    1. Hi Randy,

      Thanks for the kind words about the DEMONSOULED books! I am hoping to have a new one written this summer.

      -JM

  5. the demonsouled series is awesome a good story that keeps you intrested plenty of action no mistake and one thing i think intrests a lot of people is the way jmoeller shows inner conflict he takes it to another level one thing i have to say is i cant ait until the latest book comes out i allready know its gonna be epic!! :)

  6. allmost forgot mister moeller do you think you could tell me where you got the idea for the half elf batlling souls thing?

    1. Hi ELM,

      Thanks for the kind words about the DEMONSOULED series! I’m going to start the fifth book, SOUL OF SORCERY, in June.

      For the battling souls thing, the idea came from a biology class I took. One of the lectures talked about how hybrids were more prone to mutations and certain diseases, and the idea for Romaria’s inner conflict took off from there.

  7. Just wanted to say that I very much enjoy the Demonsouled series! The characters are well developed and easy to relate to; even if their personal conflicts are based in magic :) Can’t wait for Soul of Sorcery!

    1. Hi Rochelle,

      Thanks for the kind words about the DEMONSOULED books. If all goes well, I hope to have SOUL OF SORCERY out by the end of September.

      -JM

  8. Hi
    I came across your books on the Smashwords website. I was going to start with Demonsouled after I finish the last book in David Dalglish’s Half Orc Series. I wanted to make sure that there is no other linked series that I should start before this one. Also, are there any linked series that I should read after the Demonsouled series.

    Cheers, Jason

    1. Hi Jason,

      The DEMONSOULED series is self-contained. Here are the order of the books:

      1.) Demonsouled.
      2.) Soul of Tyrants.
      3.) Soul of Serpents.
      4.) Soul of Dragons.
      5.) Soul of Sorcery (coming out in a few weeks).

      I do have a few other series, but they are all in their own universes, and don’t share settings or characters with DEMONSOULED.

      -JM

  9. Just finished soul of sorcery. loved it.. Had to stop and tell you how much I have loved the Demonsoul series. I am now intrigued to begin another of your series, any suggestions?

  10. Hi Jonathan,

    Thank you first of all for the series! Absolutely loved it. Finished Soul of Sourcery last night at around 3am :D. I have been reading them back to back for the last couple of weeks and can´t wait for soul of skulls!

    I have one constructive comment for you as a fan:

    Typo´s – There are so many in the book, and although It would never not stop me reading it, I feel like I am looking at a beautiful landscape through a grubby window, and the marks and blotches pull me from my daydream. The odd word that is misspelt, repeated or just appears out of nowhere, really breaks the trance in which I as a reader often find myself. The series is great so I believe that it deserves to be presented Typo free!

    Thanks again for the series and thank you for whatever it was that made you decide to try your hand at fiction instead of computer books hahaha……….

    Sam

    1. Hi Sam,

      Thanks for the kind words about the books!

      I am currently looking for a proofreader, but haven’t found anyone satisfactory so far. It’s rather like looking for a good plumber. :)

      -JM

      1. I had never thought of that! And it is certainly hard to find a good plumber!!

        Well, I would be happy to have a read through your next book before you finalize it. I am not a professional and would do it at no cost of course. If you are interested, then let me know.

        Cheers
        Sam

  11. Got onto your Demonsouled series after completing the Ghost series. Like the Ghost series, I love your Demonsouled series. Can’t wait for the latest in both…sigh! One question that I have in the Demonsouled series – what happened to the serpent people that still had their limbs? They were the good guys. I kept thinking they’ll reappear but nothing so far. The Tervingis are great and for some reason they remind me of Native Americans. Not sure why!!

    1. Hi Rohaya,

      Thanks for the kind words about the books!

      The Ang-kath, the serpent people who have kept their limbs, are still out there. I haven’t quite figured out how to work them back into the books, though. (One of the reasons is that they mostly live far to the east, further east than even the original Tervingi homeland, and only rarely come to the west, where the Grim Marches and Knightcastle are.)

      The Tervingi were fun to write – I based them off a group called the Thervingi, a tribe of Gothic barbarians that invaded the Roman Empire around 376 AD. I wrote a longer post about the inspiration behind SOUL OF SORCERY’S Tervingi here:

      http://www.jonathanmoeller.com/writer/?p=2504

      -JM

      1. Thanks for taking the time to reply. Really appreciate it.
        Looking forward to the next release of both series….hurry up please!

  12. Thank you very much for writing this wonderful series. After reading the first book i was hooked. I am wondering if you have created a map to go with the series. If not would you be willing to?

    1. Hi Doyle,

      After the series is done, I might do a map. However, at the end of the upcoming book, SOUL OF SKULLS, I’m going to include a glossary of places and a glossary of characters. Hopefully that will serve as a helpful substitute for a map until I can do one.

      -JM

  13. Jonathan, I love the Demonsouled series. I am looking forward to reading the final book in the series with the epic battle between Mazael and The Old Demon. My only disappointment so far has been the direction you took Lucan. I liked his character and hoped he would be Mazael’s right hand wizard and go to guy when things got really tough, perfecting his skill while still battling his own dark side. Since you didn’t write him that way, I’m hoping that Lucan will somehow have an epiphany and will help Mazael defeat The Old Demon.

    I think this series is good enough for publishing to print and should be put into paperback, but as someone else wrote here, they books need editing for typos and wording errors. For example, one repeated mistake is the use of the word “besides” as in “he stands besides her”. Besides is an adverb meaning in addition, as well, furthermore, etc. The correct wording is “he stands beside her”. Beside is a preposition meaning near to, next to, close to, etc.

    I hope you have an idea for another epic fantasy/alternate reality/knights and wizards story in the future. I love them.

    1. Thanks for the kind words about the books! I’m glad you liked them.

      Concerning typos, I agree. I’ve been trying to find a good copyeditor that can fit within my budget (that particular Venn diagram might not have much overlap, alas), but have had some bad experiences with people. So I’m still looking for someone.

      Concerning Lucan, the direction his character took surprised me. I expected him to be, like you said, Mazael’s right-hand wizard. Except Mazael kept resisting his dark side, while Lucan was always willing to go just a *little* further and ignore the consequences. Finally that caught up to him.

  14. Love the Demonsouled series. You have a definite talent in the field of writing. Several have made comments as to the typo’s. My graduate degree is in English, so admittedly, at first, it was a problem for me. However, I found that the content of the story makes up for the inconsequential errors. As I became used to your style and deeply drawn into the story itself, the errors no longer distracted me. After all, we are not paying the full price of a published hard copy. Instead, we are enjoying the efforts of your labors at no cost or minimal cost to us. Please, as a favor to the world of fantasy readers everywhere, never stop writing!

    1. Thanks for the kind words about the books! I’m glad you liked them.

      I’m trying a couple of different things with proofreaders, so hopefully the typo problem should be less of a problem soon. :)

  15. Hi there. I’m addicted to the Demonsouled series. When will Soul of swords be released on kindle? Finished all the rest.

    1. Thanks for the kind words about the books! I’m glad you liked them.

      I’m going to start writing Soul of Swords in April, after I finish up a few other things. So if all goes well, the book should be out in mid-summer or so.

  16. hey just want to say i love your books, you should totally consider putting them into an audio addition. i know this company anmed graphic audio thats dose great ones

    1. Thanks for the kind words! I’m glad you liked them.

      I’m listening to some Graphic Audio samples right now, actually.

  17. Hello I have just finished the Soul of Skulls and was on the edge of my seat with excitement to start the Soul of Swords. This is truly a great series. This is my second series with you (the Tower of Endless Worlds) and I am looking forward to starting a third ( Ghost or Frostborn series). I was wondering if you have put out a map on the Demonsouled world. Because they are traveling to so many places, I am glad you put out a glossary but it would be great to see them on a map. Thank you for all the great reads.

    1. Thanks for the kind words! I’m glad you liked them.

      I currently do not have a map of the Demonsouled world. Before I return to the setting, I should do one, but I don’t have one right now.

  18. I came here looking for a map as well. A pity. I’m still very confused about the region and politics. There is a king mentioned but I have no clue where he is or why he is not involved. I’m working on the 4th book atm. I got got a bunch of free books one night when my paypal was empty. Out of about 20 of them I ended up liking the first demonsouled book the most and have been reading nothing else since.

    I know that giving the first in a series for free is a good marketing tactic but I think that these books are much underrated. I’ve read over 500 books and I know there are many that are garbage compared to these books, yet they cost $8 and have thousands of high ratings at Amazon. Many of them have those “goody two shoes”cookie cutter heroes (often a young blacksmith who dones’t know his familys’ history.

    I really cant stand characters like that. Their enemies do not have to kill them, just send a woman to do some freaky things to them and these heroes would die from shock. (i.e Rand from Eye of the world / Wheel of time). Your books are are much better than that overrated, LOTR ripoff series.

    My only complaints about this series is:

    1. Under-developed world.
    2. Mazael could use a little more depth and darkness. One need not be pure evil to be dark. He needs a little more of Lucan in him.
    3. More complexity – The series so far is very predictable. Perhaps some twists and such like those in the Malazan books or even Game of Thrones.
    4. A map!

    Either, it is a good series. Don’t let the low ratings and popularity get you down Jonathan. Who knows, 5-10 years from now there could be a show based on these books.

    1. Thanks for the kind words about the books! I’m glad you have enjoyed them so far. If you get to the 5th book, I can promise some twists. :)

      Concerning the king, I’m afraid there was a bit of continuity drift over the years. I wrote DEMONSOULED in 2001, and the final book in 2012, and there was a gap of six years between the second book and the third book. So when I started writing SOUL OF SERPENTS, some things that I had thought were good ideas in 2005 I had changed my mind about by 2011. Having a king was one of them – – I decided the realm of DEMONSOULED was better as a set of warring feudal lords rather than a unified realm. Originally I sort of envisioned a High King ruling over the realm, but instead the realm of DEMONSOULED is more like early Capetian France if the last Carolingian king died and no one bothered to replace him.

      -JM

      1. In the earlier books you also talked about tristafel and how lion was created there but in later books you stated that the high elderborn created it also when you return to the demonsouled series will the cirstarcians, the Arminiars, and the ang- lath be in it especially the latter as some more info on them would be nice

      2. In the earlier books you also talked about tristafel and how lion was created there but in later books you stated that the high elderborn created it also when you return to the demonsouled series will the cirstarcians, the Arminiars, and the ang- lath be in it especially the latter as some more info on them would be nice

        1. Tristafel was one of the High Elderborn kingdoms.

          That said, there was a six year gap in the writing between book #2 and #3, so I’m afraid there may have been a bit of continuity drift.

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  20. I am really enjoying your books. I am reading the Demonsouled and Ghost series, and want to start on the Frostborn, and any other series you have out. The stories are compelling and the characters are memorable. The plots are interesting and exciting. I can’t wait to get to the next chapter and book. Keep up the good work. I am filling my Kindle with all your books.

    John Dokka

    1. Thanks for the kind words about the books! I’m glad you liked them, and I plan to keep working on more books with which to fill your Kindle. :)

  21. Well I got the first three books of the demonsoul series. Read through them in no time and today I checked my nook was about start rereading and bam 4 more books to buy. Sweet

    1. Thanks for the kind words about the books! I’m glad you have liked them so far. :) All seven books form a complete saga.

  22. Hello mister Moeller, I just wanted to say that in the last few years since I started reading Demonsouled my writing has become so much better, you are an inspiration. Two years ago I commented and I cringe at my spelling mistakes and such. But the fact still stands that you are an incredible writer. May you continue to weave stories that captivate us all. I honestly wish I could pick your brain but alas you’re way too busy to just sit and answer our questions.

    1. Thanks for the kind words about the books! I’m glad you liked them, and I hope your writing continues to go well.

      -JM

  23. I just read book 6 and 7 in 2 days. Your books are so wonderful. Thank you for all the effort and excitement you put in to every page of your books. You are my favorite author. I look forward to reading more of your work. Thank you again.

    1. Thanks for the kind words about the books! I’m glad you liked them. And reading #6 and #7 in two days was quite an impressive reading feat, since those are LONG books! :)

  24. Dear Jonathan,

    I’m on the last book of the Demonsouled series AND I NEED A MAP!!!

    A map for the Ghost series would be helpful too.

    Thanks,
    Barb

    1. I am in fact working on a map for DEMONSOULED – it’s about half done. Summer has been quite full of projects so the map has gotten squeezed further down the list, alas.

      A map for THE GHOSTS is on the to-do list.

  25. We know you are working hard. You are a super fast writer. I have to work hard to keep up. That doesn’t mean slow down. I love the challenge and the adventures your books take me on.

    Keep up the great work.

  26. I picked up Demonsouled on a whim..2 weeks ago…..I just finished Soul of Swords…I could not put them down! Great storyline, awesome characters. I am starting on Frostborn today! Great Job Jonathan Moeller!!!

    1. Thanks for the kind words! I’m glad you liked the books.

      It always amuses me that I wrote the DEMONSOULED series over a span of time from 2001 to 2012, but someone can read it in two weeks. :)

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