Chris Smith has just published a novel on Amazon Kindle, under the name of Frances Smith, called Spirit of the Sword: Pride and Fury.
The synopsis is as follows:
The Divine Empire teeters on the brink of collapse, riven by division and ravaged by a lack of purpose in its soul.MirandaCallistus, the first Aurelian mage born in five hundred years, may have the power to save the Empire from itself…if she decides that the proud and vainglorious nation is worth saving.Meanwhile, believing that Miranda’s life is in danger, her estranged brother Michael sets forth to her rescue, hoping to prove himself a true hero on the battlefield. But the allies he gathers to his side may be as dangerous to Miranda as any of her enemies.While Michael fights against his foes, Miranda banters with them in the parlours of the Empire’s great families. Princes, princesses and patricians all claim to have the cure for the Empire’s sickness, and all seek to bend Miranda to her will – or break her, for if they cannot make her their friend then none in the capital will hesitate to make her a corpse.