Ghosts in the Yew

Ghosts in the Yew

by Blake Hausladen

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I would recommend “Ghosts in the Yew” to everyone who likes an elaborate Fantasy story full of political intrigue with a splash of magic. Especially if you read “The Pillars of the Earth” and enjoyed it, this will be a great read for you!"Draumr Kopa Fantasy Book Blog

The Vesteal Series has sold over five thousand hardcover copies through hard-earned convention handsales. Now, the story is moving into the digital age with cover art by Hugo award-winning artist, Elizabeth Leggett.

Ghosts in the Yew is a page-turning epic fantasy about a country on the brink of war, surrounded by the mysteries of ancient gods, blood magic, and statecraft. This is the story of four souls that are banished beyond the edge of the map. Redemption, conquest, and intrigue ignite the journey with love, honor, and a crown at stake.

Their struggles to survive will put them at odds with their families, their nation, and the very powers that shaped the world. But, this story is bigger than these things.

It’s bigger than all of us.

"Like spanish moss or ivy, Ghosts in the Yew grows slowly at first but before you know it you are enveloped into a world with so much beauty and terror that it deserves to be read with an attention to the detail that the author has so carefully written."Stephen, Goodreads

"I found it just a little too easy to get lost in the story that Ghosts in the Yew was telling, which to me, is one of the greatest signs of a good story and author.”The Arched Doorway

The Vestal Series

A tale of violent magic, intrigue, and statecraft, the Vesteal Series is the story of four souls that are banished beyond the edge of the map to a land of gnarled forests, ancient magic, and the site of a terrible murder. Their struggles to survive will put them at odds with their families, their nation, and the very powers that shaped the world.

1. Ghosts in the Yew
Novella 1 - Beyond the Edge
Novella 2 - Opposing Oaths
Novella 3 - Reckless Borders
Novella 4 - Bayen's Women
Novella 5 - Falling Tides

2. Native Silver
Novella 1 - Sutler's Road
Novella 2 - Forgotten Stairs
Novella 3 - Thrall's Wine
Novella 4 - Corsair Princess
Novella 5 - Tanayon Born

3. The Vastness
Novella 1 - Silent Rebellion
Novella 2 - The River War
Novella 3 - The Blinded
Novella 4 - Crimson Valley
Novella 5 - Singer's Reward

"Ghosts in the Yew is one of those gems that is a satisfying tale from start to finish, and deep enough to withstand multiple readings. If you yearn for adventure, swordplay, justice, and romance in one story, do not even hesitate before plucking this one up and diving in feet first."Ophelia, Goodreads

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780983607120
Publisher: Rook Creek Books
Publication date: 06/05/2018
Series: Vesteal Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 540
Sales rank: 1,152,882
File size: 7 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Armed with an English degree from Ripon College and an MBA from Chicago’s Stuart School of Business, Blake has thrived for many years in the shadowed back-office realms of the financial industry. He currently solves financial crimes in Chicago during the day and gives life to wild fantasies during the blackest hours of night.

When he is not working or writing, Blake enjoys reading some of the best fantasy novels around, written by the likes of Robert V.S. Redick, Glen Cook, Peter V. Brett and Mark Laurence, with a little science fiction from David Brin sprinkled in.

Blake is the author of the Vesteal Series, which includes Ghosts in the Yew, Native Silver and The Vastness.

According to fans, "Blake excels at world-building" which gives "each of the characters their own unique voice" and "ring(s) truer to the human condition". The Draumr Kopa Fantasy Book Blog even exclaimed, "It always amazes me how such an extensive story can sprout from a single human's mind. "

Blake loves to hear from his readers at his events ( or via his newsletter:

Table of Contents

Part One – Beyond the Edge

Part Two – Opposing Oaths

Part Three – Reckless Borders

Part Four – Bayen’s Women

Part Five – Falling Tides

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Ghosts in the Yew 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
ceciljbrown More than 1 year ago
This book is an excellent read, with an intriguing plot and an interesting way of unfolding the story. Each chapter is written from the perspective one of the four main characters so the reader can view the events unfolding from different angles, which is very exciting. It is quite obvious a lot of research went into this story, and the writer draws you into the events as the main characters deal with their banishment. Even the plot twists and turns that you don't want to like end up being a clever part of paving the way for additional stories. The story is complex and well laid out, the characters are interesting and well written, and the whole thing leaves you wanting - no, needing - the sequel.
DragonLoverTaylor More than 1 year ago
I would describe The Vesteal Series as an excellent combination of multiple characters who grow throughout the series in surprising ways. I think the author does an amazing job of writing from the mindset of strong female characters. There’s royalty, murder, sex, magic, spirits, and a country on the brink of war. The series is a lot like Game of Thrones in the sense that it’s an epic fantasy and a fight for the throne. The series also has a horror element added to it that gets darker the deeper you go. Overall, really excellent series! I'm excited for the next book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the book!!! I can't wait for the next one! It had a very intricate story line that had multiple players intertwined! It kept me reading and interested!!!!
JimBurnham More than 1 year ago
A great story told from the perspective of the main characters. At first I wasn't sure about the telling of a story from the perspective of the characters. I like to experience the world that an author creates and I thought the perspective would limit my enjoyment of the world, but the author delivered. A great amount of detail was revealed and it fit in perfectly with the story and the characters. I understand there is to be a sequel and I am looking forward to it.
STEELERSJS More than 1 year ago
This very good novel of dark times, in a kingdom of ruling powers. If you love the mid-evil, dark ages of ruling kingdoms, then this book will grab your attention and not let go. The stunning timing of each chapter will beg you to see what happens next. This is a book that you can't put down.
ubiquitousghosts More than 1 year ago
Do not make the mistake that I did by starting to read Blake Hausladen¿s Ghosts in the Yew without enough time to finish the book in one large satisfying bite, or at least in consistent tasty nibbles on a daily basis. Though the set-up takes a little time, and rightfully so since this is a complex tale told from the points of view of four main characters, once the story begins to unreel there is no option of putting the book down. The story is set in the unhappy and decaying kingdom of Zoviya. The ruling family has been in power for two generations and their government cares little for the kingdom¿s citizenry beyond the labor and taxes that can be squeezed from them. Nearly equally powerful is the Church of the god Bayen, whose priests have the power to heal with a warm blue light but who are also rigid, autocratic, and unforgiving. Prince Barok, one of the Lord Vall¿s numerous sons, has been banished to the farthest reach of the kingdom as punishment for a bit of family intrigue that has gone wrong. While trying to prove that his brother, Prince Yarik, has defied their father by marrying without permission, Barok is betrayed by one of his cohorts and the endeavor ends with the murder of a nobleman¿s daughter as well as the wounding of Barok¿s faithful guard, Geart. Barok himself escapes before immediate discovery of his involvement, and his one last normal morning includes being bathed by Dia, a beautiful young woman who has been pledged to him for her father¿s debt. That, however, is the end of life as he has known it when his participation in the events of the night before is discovered and he is banished to faraway Enhedu, with the alcoholic Leger his newly appointed alsman. Dia, naively confusing her morning romp with Barok as an expression of his love for her, hides away in one of the prince¿s trunks so that she may go with him on his journey. She is discovered early on by Leger, who gives her the means to follow her prince to Enhedu independently. And this is really the start of the adventure. In Enhedu, Barok is maneuvered into a grove of yew trees as part of a test, and what he finds within that grove, and what finds him, provides the backbone of this story as the immature and unpleasant young prince grows from a royal prat into a powerful and just ruler. Along the way, as they become more and more indispensable to Barok, Leger finds his own salvation outside of the bottle, and Dia realizes what it means to be a worthy match for the young prince. In the meantime, Geart, who was wounded but did not die, is charting his own parallel and magical course of self-discovery that will bring him back to his former master in a manner that is both inevitable and spectacular. A young, spoiled, self-centered prince with a temper, a woman trained to be a palace courtesan, and two soldiers, one alcoholic and one left for dead at the scene of a royal crime, are the unlikely start of a new day in the decaying political mess that is Zoviya, but Hausladen weaves a story that is as believable as it is complicated, and as compelling as it is entertaining. This is not only due to the fact that he is a wonderful story-teller, but also because he has created characters that are so real they could easily step free of the pages and onto terra firma to shake your hand. Ghosts in the Yew is one of those gems that is a satisfying tale from start to finish, and deep enough to withstand multiple readings. If you yearn for adventure, s
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SandraSchneiderman More than 1 year ago
This is a fun book to read! It's well written and has a great plot. Even though I felt it was a little difficult to get into at the beginning, overall, I absolutely loved it. It has a big beautiful world, that has so many places I would love to explore. The characters were all interesting, and I suspect the author might have multiple-personality-disorder by the way he managed to capture all their voices. The mythology behind the book was beautifully done. The plot was exciting. I liked the idea of a despotism/capitalistic society vs a somewhat democratic/socialist one. And the biggest deal for me was that it had strong female characters that were not pegged into themselves just because they were women. The idea of the female character Dia annoyed the heck out of me for the first half of the book, but then she grew on me. She was a hero with a big picture and bigger purpose than to just serve a man. I was pleasantly surprised by that, as it is usually a huge reason fantasy turns me off so much. So anyways, well done and wroth the read!
BlakeHausladen More than 1 year ago
I always read one star reviews. Since Ghosts in the Yew does not have one yet, I'm claiming the one star space for myself. In a nutshell this is The Warrior's Apprentice set in 11th century Constantinople--with ghosts. It is the first of a planned series of six. It is the best book I have written but not the best that I will. Welcome and enjoy
DeepBlueMorocco More than 1 year ago
Four distinct first-person narratives intertwine in this ambitious first novel: the story attempts no less than to thrust the reader headlong into a fantasy world at the tipping point for revolution. Through the eyes of these four characters, a rich mythology and history reveals itself by its influence on the narrators; however, the story unfolds distinctly in the now -- these characters live in the moment, facing their own demons as they face the challenges around them. Fans of numerous aspects of fantasy will find something to love here: the feudal-ish politics, the influence of religion; corruption, honor, intrigue, addiction; even, as the title implies, the supernatural makes an appearance. The author manages to keep all of these balls in the air, with each narrator facing different aspects of the elements -- with their distinct perspectives, these elements cease to be a backdrop and become a three-dimensional maze his characters run through. It's a rich, satisfying view into the land of Zoviya. Of course, with this being a first novel of such ambition, it has its share of quirks. Upon finishing the story, turning a critical eye to the novel as a whole will reveal some cracks in the facade: there are moments of character growth not fully supported by the plot, and the characters, in hindsight, may seem to have a lot more than their fair share of luck. But honestly? You won't care much: you'll be too busy turning pages to find out what happens next. It's that page-turning quality that sets this book apart from the average in this genre -- it makes no assumption that the reader is even remotely interested in fantasy tales, and presents itself without pretense as a story about *people*, using the rich backdrop of a fantasy world to give the characters life. As such, it's highly accessible, even to readers who may not normally pick up a fantasy novel. In short, it's a fine yarn, and well worth the time to enjoy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters and world created in "Ghosts in the Yew" are complex and multifaceted. If you want to be drawn into a story where you care about the characters, where you cannot tell what is going to happen next, then you need to buy this book. Being a fan of fantasy series, I was very impressed by this first offering from Mr. Hausladen. Each chapter draws you further and further into the world of Zoviya, a world being bled dry by the ruling elite. The soldier, the drunk, the spoiled prince, and the woman he sent to be trained to service him, each of these main characters narrates the story, adding their own point of view and coloring the events of the tale in a way that is engaging and unique. As the four main characters grow and develop, you cannot help but want to know what is going to happen to them next. When I finished reading the last page, the first thing I did was get on Amazon to buy the next book. My only complaint is that the next book is not out yet