The Two Empires is Jack's first novel, and the first book of The Malkovari War.

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For generations the Dianthic Empire has been locked in a cold war with the Krakenbaric Empire, its hated foe to the south. But now a new and far more dangerous threat arises with an invasion by the largest horde of orcs ever recorded.

Caught up in this new conflict is Jag Garrick, an apprentice shoemaker. When his small town is destroyed by the orc horde, he embarks on what will prove to be an epic adventure that takes him from the streets of the city of Dianthus to the heart of the Krakenbaric Empire and beyond. Along the way he encounters dwarves, bards and revolutionaries - and with a secret cult seeking his death at every turn, he's going to need every ally he can find.

The Two Empires is a thrilling introduction to a world of magic, warfare, politics and intrigue,  combining fast-paced storytelling with an intricately detailed, inventive setting, and occasional humour.

 Download a free sample

You can download a sample of the first ten chapters!  Choose one of the three formats below.

EPUB - use this one if you want to read in the Apple's iBooks app for iPad, iPhone or Mac, or other devices that support this format

MOBI - use this one if you want to read on your Kindle or in Amazon's Kindle app for your phone, PC or tablet, or other devices that support this format

PDF - use this one if you aren't able to read either of the previous two formats

If you're having any problems with loading the sample onto your preferred reading device, or with determining which format to download, please don't hesitate to email Jack.


Buy the book

The Two Empires is now available to purchase! You can purchase the paperback from Amazon, or alternatively you might like to download the ebook version.

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See the art

Look, you probably don't want to. Jack's a writer, not a visual artist. But if you insist, you can see a gallery of his sketches relating to the book here.


Sequel now available!

The sequel to The Two Empires is now available. See The Devil's Gate for more details!