Jon Sprunk, author of the Shadow Saga series starring the assassin Caim will present a new series next year (March 11th), The Book of the Black Earth. The first novel of this Epic Fantasy series is titled Blood and Iron and the cover was unveiled earlier this month. Here's the blurb:
The Akeshian Empire has long been ruled by God-Kings and -Queens with the power of life and death over their subjects. When ship carpenter Horace is shipwrecked on its shores, he is taken captive and soon discovers that he possesses latent magical power of his own.
Elevated to the court of the enemy queen, Horace finds himself in the middle of a power struggle between the empire’s traditional wizard-rulers and a rising religious sect that wants to subjugate all magic-wielders and seize control.