“Dive in…if you are looking to be charmed and delighted.” – Locus

The World of the White Rat is a series of fantasy romance novels set in the same universe, named after the Temple of the White Rat, an order of god-touched social workers, healers, and public defenders which appear in many of the books. They might also be called ‘paladin romances,’ since most of the books feature the angsty and the armored. I have far too much fun writing them, and I hope you’ll enjoy reading them.

Books are listed in suggested reading order.

The Clocktaur War (2 Books)

“Really fun, and strangely difficult to describe.” Tor.com

Amazon Editor’s Pick

A paladin, an assassin, a forger, and a scholar ride out of town. It’s not the start of a joke, but rather an espionage mission with deadly serious stakes. T. Kingfisher’s new novel begins the tale of a murderous band of criminals (and a scholar), thrown together in an attempt to unravel the secret of the Clockwork Boys, mechanical soldiers from a neighboring kingdom that promise ruin to the Dowager’s city.

If they succeed, rewards and pardons await, but that requires a long journey through enemy territory, directly into the capital. It also requires them to refrain from killing each other along the way! At turns darkly comic and touching, Clockwork Boys puts together a broken group of people trying to make the most of the rest of their lives as they drive forward on their suicide mission.

 

Pull three people out of prison–a disgraced paladin, a convicted forger, and a heartless assassin. Give them weapons, carnivorous tattoos, and each other. Point them at the enemy.

What could possibly go wrong?

Amazon Editor’s Pick

 

 

Swordheart (1 book...so far)

“While Sarkis and Halla are wonderfully drawn, fully fleshed-out characters, what makes the story really crackle is Vernon’s silliness and heart, both of which thrum just under the story. Her touch feel slight, but is a skilled breeziness that is surprisingly deep. The romance unfolds organically, rather than as an enforced meet-cute. The banter between the two would make any screwball comedy fan shiver with glee.” – Locus

Halla is a housekeeper who has suddenly inherited her great-uncle’s estate… and, unfortunately, his relatives. Sarkis is an immortal swordsman trapped in a prison of enchanted steel. When Halla draws the sword that imprisons him, Sarkis finds himself attempting to defend his new wielder against everything from bandits and roving inquisitors to her own in-laws… and the sword itself may prove to be the greatest threat of all…

The Saint of Steel (4 books out of 7 planned)

“…[A] knack for creating colorful, instantly memorable characters, and inhuman creatures capable of inspiring awe and wonder.” — NPR BOOKS

Stephen’s god died on the longest day of the year…

Three years later, Stephen is a broken paladin, living only for the chance to be useful before he dies. But all that changes when he encounters a fugitive named Grace in an alley and witnesses an assassination attempt gone wrong. Now the pair must navigate a web of treachery, beset on all sides by spies and poisoners, while a cryptic killer stalks one step behind…

From the Hugo and Nebula Award winning author of Swordheart comes a saga of murder, magic, and love on the far side of despair.

Kingfisher’s energetic and atmospherically weird approach to world-building remains strikingly appealing…the ways in which Kingfisher brings together the utterly weird and the pragmatically mundane are reminiscent of Terry Pratchett.” — Locus

He’s a paladin of a dead god, tracking a supernatural killer across a continent. She’s a nun from a secretive order, on the trail of the raiders who burned her convent and kidnapped her sisters.

When their paths cross at the point of a sword, Istvhan and Clara will be pitched headlong into each other’s quests, facing off against enemies both living and dead. But Clara has a secret that could jeopardize the growing trust between them, a secret that will lead them to the gladiatorial pits of a corrupt city, and beyond…

 

There’s a long game afoot in these deeper-than-first-assumed tales, and I cannot wait to experience what else Vernon has planned.” — Locus

Piper is a lich-doctor, a physician who works among the dead, determining causes of death for the city guard’s investigations. It’s a peaceful, if solitary profession…until the day when he’s called to the river to examine the latest in a series of mysterious bodies, mangled by some unknown force.

Galen is a paladin of a dead god, lost to holiness and no longer entirely sane. He has long since given up on any hope of love. But when the two men and a brave gnole constable are drawn into the maze of the mysterious killer, it’s Galen’s job to protect Piper from the traps that await them.

He’s just not sure if he can protect Piper from the most dangerous threat of all…

CW: gore, peril, medicine, brief mention of child death

 

Marguerite Florian is a spy with two problems. A former employer wants her dead, and one of her new bodyguards is a far too good-looking paladin with a martyr complex.

Shane is a paladin with three problems. His god is dead, his client is much too attractive for his peace of mind, and a powerful organization is trying to have them both killed.

Add in a brilliant artificer with a device that may change the world, a glittering and dangerous court, and a demon-led cult, and Shane and Marguerite will be lucky to escape with their souls intact, never mind their hearts…