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J.D. Oswald - Author

About the Author

J. D. Oswald is the author of the epic fantasy series, The Ballad of Sir Benfro. Currently, Dreamwalker, The Rose Cord and The Golden Cage are all available as Penguin ebooks. He is also the author of the Detective Inspector McLean series of crime novels under the name James Oswald. In his spare time James runs a 350-acre livestock farm in North East Fife, where he raises pedigree Highland Cattle and New Zealand Romney Sheep.

Featured books by J.D. Oswald

The Golden Cage

The Golden Cage

Author: J.D. Oswald Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/01/2015

Lose yourself completely in this, the third book to the ‘Ballard of Sir Benfro’, the story is growing in vibrancy, in energy, in strength. There are tests aplenty for Benfro and Errol however it’s particularly fascinating to see the journey of Melyn and Frecknock. The tales twist, turn and entwine with each other, Beulah, Clun, Dafydd and Iolwen are also on the move and attempting to strengthen or wrest control of the surrounding kingdoms. As we learn more and understanding grows, sympathy and compassion sprout in unexpected, barren places. The author has previously almost humanised the dragons in this story, now however the essence of dragon is becoming more active and pronounced, there is no doubt that this is a dragon leaping off the page in front of you. The ending is a right royal cliff-hanger and the next book ‘The Broken World’ can not come quickly enough!

The Rose Cord

The Rose Cord

Author: J.D. Oswald Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/11/2014

A fabulously absorbing sequel to ‘Dreamwalker’ and a gloriously tantalising world to visit. The timescale of the dragon’s fall from grace and the rise of the comparatively short-lived humans is quite mesmerising and effectively highlights their differences.  The author cleverly humanises Benfro’s actions and feelings, it’s easy to empathise yet also easy to forget he has scales but when the dragon element is focused on, it increases the dramatic intensity. The adventures undertaken by Benfro and Errol increase in both danger and fear factor and as the chapters skip between the two characters, you are at times left hanging, desperate to know what happens next. The enthralling ending is satisfying yet leaves you impatiently waiting for the next book in the ‘Ballard of Sir Benfro’.

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Other books by J.D. Oswald

The Obsidian Throne

The Obsidian Throne

Author: J.D. Oswald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/10/2016

The Obsidian Throne is J.D. Oswald's stunning conclusion to 'The Ballad of Sir Benfro' series - an epic high fantasy tale of dragons, swordsmanship, honour and two of the most unlikely yet extraordinary heroes in all of fiction. There is no war in the northlands, just annihilation. Either the dragons will destroy this world or Queen Beulah will raze it to the ground. Below the city is a secret the House of Balwen have kept for millennia, a treasure beyond imagination. None but a direct descendent of Balwen himself can open the escape routes from this cavern. To do so, Princess Iolwen will need to claim the Obsidian Throne. Meanwhile Errol and Sir Benfro find their destinies drawing closer together, with the future of all life in the Twin Kingdoms resting on these two unlikely heroes. There will be self-sacrifice and terrible betrayals. And the lives of boy and dragon will be forever changed. J. D. Oswald is the author of the epic fantasy series 'The Ballad of Sir Benfro', which includes Dreamwalker, The Rose Cord, The Golden Cage, The Broken World and The Obsidian Throne. He is also the author of the Inspector McLean series. James runs a 350-acre farm in north-east Fife.

The Broken World

The Broken World

Author: J.D. Oswald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/09/2015

The Broken World is the fourth instalment in the epic fantasy series by J. D. Oswald, The Ballad of Sir Benfro, preceded by Dreamwalker, The Rose Cord and The Golden Cage. *** The book, sir. The Llyfr Draconius. You'll find what you need in there, if you know how to look. The war across the Twin Kingdoms rages on. Queen Beulah has killed one sister and ordered the assassination of another. The Inquisitor Melyn journeys though the north-lands of Llanwennog in a merciless bid to overthrow King Ballah. Now in possession of Brynceri's ring, his power seems indestructible. Nothing can stop the invasion. Captured by the travelling circus, Sir Benfro cannot shake their control, more powerful than Magog's malign influence. Errol Ramsbottom, left for dead, follows the trail of his friend's captors - only Benfro holds the key to Errol's beloved Martha's whereabouts. But both sides are set on a path of destruction - dragon against dragon, king against queen, man against man. As the ancient spell that split Gwlad begins to unravel, it may be easier for Benfro and Errol to travel to Gog's world now. But what will happen when the barriers between the two worlds fail entirely? As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? *Parts of the previous eBook edition of The Golden Cage have been used in this work, The Broken World*

Golden Cage

Golden Cage

Author: J.D. Oswald Format: eBook Release Date: 29/01/2015

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of The Ballad of Sir Benfro: The Golden Cage, the third installment in the new fantasy series from JD Oswald, read by Wayne Forester. Queen Beulah is determined to have her war, despatching Inquisitor Melyn north into the land of her enemies. Battling the ever-growing influence of Magog, Benfro struggles to resist the treacherous orders of the long-dead Dragon Mage, a task made yet more difficult by the arrival of Errol in his forest refuge. His body broken, Errol is tormented by dreams of his beloved Martha, imprisoned in a Golden Cage. He has escaped from King Ballahs torture chamber but remains powerless to help her. Yet fate has united these two. Apart, they will surely perish, and all Gwlad with them.

Golden Cage

Golden Cage

Author: J.D. Oswald Format: eBook Release Date: 19/12/2013

*Parts of the previous eBook edition of The Golden Cage have been removed from this edition and will be re-released in the fourth book in The Ballad of Benfro series: The Broken World*There's a new fantasy phenomenon for 2014 - The Golden Cage is the third enchanting tale in J. D. Oswald's epic fantasy series, The Ballad of Sir BenfroQueen Beulah is determined to have her war, despatching Inquisitor Melyn north, through the ancient forest to cross unseen into the land of her enemies.Battling the ever growing influence of Magog, Benfro struggles to resist the treacherous orders of the long dead Dragon Mage, a task made yet more difficult by the arrival of Errol in his forest refuge. His body broken, Errol is tormented by dreams of his beloved Martha, imprisoned in a Golden Cage. He has escaped from King Ballah's torture chamber but remains powerless to help her.Yet fate has united these two. Errol holds the key to halting Magog's influence, and Benfro has the skill to heal broken bones. Working together they might survive. Apart, they will surely perish, and all Gwlad with them.The Ballad of Sir Benfro is an utterly compelling and beautifully written new fantasy series from J.D. Oswald. Fans of the Inheritance Series and readers hooked to the world of George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones series will love the magic of the Twin Kingdoms. The Golden Cage is the third book in the series, following Dreamwalker and The Rose Cord, which are also published as Penguin ebooks.*Please note that parts of the previous eBook edition of The Golden Cage have been removed from this edition and will be re-released in the fourth book in The Ballad of Benfro series: The Broken World*J. D. Oswald is the author of the epic fantasy series, The Ballad of Sir Benfro. Currently, Dreamwalker, The Rose Cord and The Golden Cage are all available as Penguin ebooks. He is also the author of the Detective Inspector McLean series of crime novels under the name James Oswald. In his spare time James runs a 350-acre livestock farm in North East Fife, where he raises pedigree Highland Cattle and New Zealand Romney Sheep.http://jamesoswald.co.uk