Daniel M. Ford - The Palette & The Page

Daniel M. Ford is a native of Baltimore. He is the author of the epic fantasy The Paladin Trilogy, from SFWP and Podium Publishing, as well as The Jack Dixon Mysteries, beginning with Body Broker, also from SFWP. He teaches English at The Tome School in North East, MD.

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Ordination – Book One of the Paladin Trilogy

For generations, warlords fought bitterly for dominance in a land without a king, leaving a fractured, war-torn country plagued by thieves, slavers, and the servants of dark gods and darker magic. Allystaire Coldbourne travels a treacherous path toward his Ordination as a holy knight of legend, a Paladin, a savior of the people. But to fulfill this role, he—and the unexpected allies he finds along the way—must face the demonic, sorcerous evil that stalks the land, the wrath of gods and men, and his own dark past.

Publishers’ Weekly Review of Ordination

Listen to the Fantasy Book of the Month podcast here where they discuss The Paladin Trilogy beginning at time stamp 35:45 (Warning: spoiler alert & some mild language)

Santa Fe Writers Project YouTube interview

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Stillbright – Book Two of the Paladin Trilogy

The adventure continues… Ordained by an ancient goddess of mercy and light, former knight Allystaire Coldbourne has become a paladin, a hero out of legend. But evil stalks him, angry gods align against him, and greedy warlords want him dead. With the help of his friends, each blessed with extraordinary powers by the Goddess, Allystaire must escape the clutches of sorcerers and wicked rulers who will stop at nothing to destroy him as he continues his dangerous quest to bring peace and unity to the fractured and war-torn Baronies. With the Longest Night of mid-winter approaching, the Goddess weakens and armies march—armies determined to bring destruction and horror to the paladin and all who follow him. Allystaire is soon left with only his powers, his handful of friends, and his mission to be a beacon of hope, still and bright, in the encroaching darkness.

Publishers’ Weekly Review of Stillbright

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Crusade – Book Three of the Paladin Trilogy

Old ways have been broken in the blood and smoke of the Battle of Thornhurst by Allystaire Stillbright and followers of the Goddess. Now the Paladin must recover from his ordeal, carve out a hopeful future for the shattered Baronies, and prepare for the next attack upon the Goddess’s new and fragile following. But the corrupt deity, Braech, the Sea-Dragon, will not easily let go of the power that has long been his. Braech’s minions, led by the calculating Archpriest Symod, march on the now-weakened Baronies. The final battle, a crusade against the Mother and all of her followers, is near, and Allystaire, the Arm of the Mother, is left to rally the survivors—including some of his oldest enemies—to face a foe that will not rest until all the Mother’s faithful are broken and each Barony submits to the Sea Dragon once more.

Publishers’ Weekly Review of Crusade

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Body Broker

When a teenager disappears from an elite boarding school, local police throw the seemingly innocuous case to their neighborhood PI. Enter Jack Dixon: college dropout, ex-cop, and ex-cook. What should be a simple case quickly turns sour, pushing Jack into the path of Nordic biker cultists and vicious drug dealers. But the houseboat-dwelling PI is determined to find the truth—and the missing kid—even though his persistence leads him into a thorny tangle of drugs and violence that could rip his sleepy waterfront life apart.  

Publishers’ Weekly Review of Body Broker