Julia Knight was born in 'ooh look what's that over there?'. When struck down with ME in 2004 she took up writing as a defence against daytime TV and found she couldn't give up the habit. Always fascinated with fantasy and sci fi since that first delve into Lord of the Rings, it remains one of her favourite books, to the point she has a tattoo of the Rohirrim flag. Other favourites include CJ Cherryh, especially the Chronicles of Morgaine, Terry Pratchett, Robert E Howard and Jim Butcher. When not writing she likes motorbikes, watching wrestling (it's the muscles, sweat and baby oil combo) and exploring new ways to get a giggle out of life. Julia is a member of the T Party writers' group. Her first book, Ilfayne's Bane, is released in autumn 2009 in the USA.
Ilfayne's Bane has been shortlisted, in the Fantasy Romance category, for a 2010 EPIC Award. The Electronically Published Internet Connection (EPIC) honours the finest electronically published books of the year and the winners will be announced at the EPIC Award Banquet during EPICon 2010.
Julia Knight books reviewed
Condemned to four thousand years of loneliness and regret, Ilfayne finds a rare thing in Hilde: a friend. For that, he will do anything to keep her safe. Just as he gathers...
- Ilfayne's Bane
Hilde is shunned for her strange looks and ability to dream the future, both unwelcome gifts of the half-kyrbodan blood that flows in her veins. One of those dreams summons the legendary mage, Ilfayne, a tortured man driven by demons as cruel as her own. The only man who doesn't recoil from her. Condemned to four thousand years of loneliness and regret, Ilfayne finds a rare thing in Hilde: a friend. Just as he gathers the courage to reveal the tender feelings he thought had lost, her kyrbodan blood forces her to bond with a man of her own race. To deny the bond means she could die. Either way, she is lost to him. Now Ilfayne's oldest enemy has resurfaced, one who will stop at nothing to destroy him. Including targeting their greatest vulnerabilities: Ilfayne's hidden love for Hilde, and Hildes guilt-wracked conscience. Holding the lives of two men in her hands, Hilde is faced with a terrible and deadly choice. Loyalty or love.
- Love Is My Sin
Devastated crops force regent Lord Hunter to do the one thing he always swore he’d never do: form an alliance with the neighboring tribal kingdom. The oath to offer his beloved foster son in marriage, however, begins digging holes in his heart the moment he meets the intended bride. He can’t afford to fall in love with the alluring Reethan Chieftain, not if he’s to keep his oath—and his soul—intact. Nerinna has always used her charms to manipulate her tribal chiefs, as tradition demands. But Lord Hunter’s honest, passionate nature intrigues her like no other man’s has before, challenging her cynical notions. Her wiles have no effect on him. In fact, her every action only seems to alienate him more. Although their desire hangs thick and heavy in the air, Hunter keeps to the letter of his oath—until the god of justice decrees that Hunter must die. Nerinna knows of only one way to save him: offer herself in exchange. It’s a sacrifice Hunter can’t allow her to make, but to defy the priest means he must choose a side. With his god—or against him. Warning: Includes a sultry temptress, a noble hero, a fatal attraction, a sarcastic wizard, a forbidden passion, a vengeful god, a sly priest and a religious war. Oh, and people spontaneously combusting.
The Duellists Trilogy
- Swords and Scoundrels
Vocho and Kacha are champion duelists: a brother and sister known for the finest swordplay in the city of Reyes. Or at least they used to be-until they were thrown out of the Duelist's Guild. As a last resort, they turn reluctant highwaymen. But when they pick the wrong carriage to rob, their simple plans to win back fame and fortune go south fast. After barely besting three armed men and a powerful magician, Vocho and Kacha make off with an immense locked chest. But the contents will bring them much more than they've bargained for when they find themselves embroiled in a dangerous plot to return an angry king to power...
- Legends and Liars
Vocho and Kacha are brother and sister, and between them they've got quite a reputation. They were once know for the finest swordplay in the city of Reyes. The only problem is, ever since they were thrown out of the Duelist's Guild for accidentally killing a man they were sworn to protect, it seems everyone wants them dead. Including a dark magician whose plans they recently thwarted... Now Vocho and Kacha are in the midst of an uneasy truce, not sure whether to trust each other, or anyone else for that matter. What's more, the sinister magician is rumored to have returned. Now he knows who was behind the failure of his last plan, he's determined to put a stop to Vocho and Kacha permanently. And this time, the flash of steel may not be enough to save them.
- Warlords and Wastrels
Vocho and Kacha may be known for the first swordplay in the city of Reyes, but they've found themselves backed into a corner too often for their liking. Finally reinstated into the Duelist's Guild for services rendered to the prelate, who has found himself back in charge, Vocho and Kacha are tasked with bringing a prisoner to justice. But this prisoner is none other than Kacha's old flame Egimont. The prelate wants him alive, and on their side. However the more they discover of Egimont and his dark dealings with the magician, the more Kacha's loyalties are divided. Soon she must choose a side -- the prelate or the king, her brother or her ex-lover. The fate of Reyes is balanced on a knife-edge...
Pirates of Estovan
- Ten Ruby Trick
Privateer Van Gast thrills in capturing treasure; delights in pulling off elaborate scams; and has an outrageous reputation with the ladies. But there is only one woman for him: fellow privateer Josie—seductive, brave and unpredictable. He's hoping to make their relationship permanent, until he raids the wrong ship. Now slavers are stalking him, his crew is verging on mutiny and Josie has disappeared. When she reappears with a new mark wanting Van Gast's help running the ten ruby trick con, he senses trouble. It seems like Josie has joined up with mage-bound slavers to turn him over to their Master. Van Gast is about to take the biggest risk of alland find out the true meaning of trust and betrayal.
- The Pirate's Lady
There's a price on privateer Van Gast's head. So high that Van is tempted to turn himself in for the reward, then escape with it. Escaping with full pockets is what he does best. He managed to steal a ship, a bride, a dowry, a diamond the size of a fist--and then disappear without a trace. But this time, he can't go very far. The woman of his dreams, his Josie, has stolen his ship and is leading him on a merry chase dangerously close to Estovan, the one place Van Gast should steer clear of...