What if the Coronation Stone at Westminster—the stolen relic on which the High Kings of Scotland had been crowned for over seven hundred years—was a fake?
What if the true Stone of Destiny was still out there somewhere, hidden away by a Holy Order to protect it from English invaders?
When Doctor Johnson turns up at his friend James Boswell’s door after an absence of almost seven years, he makes Boswell an enticing proposition: to join him on a quest to recover the true Stone of Destiny.
What follows is a breathtaking journey through the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland, from Edinburgh up to the furthest reaches of the northern isles. Plunged into a dizzying world of secret societies, occult mysteries and supernatural phenomena, the two friends leave no Neolithic stone unturned in their search to uncover the truth.
Eighteenth century Scotland has never been so magical… and terrifying.
The Stone of Destiny is the second book in the Casebook of Johnson and Boswell series, and is published by Burning Chair on 31 October 2022.
A wronged man. A hidden treasure. A secret that could change the world.
England, 1741. When a young farmhand is sent away on The Retribution, flagship of the Stevenson fleet, he must come to terms with the thrills and dangers of life at sea as he finds himself voyaging to the New World, a dangerous place where slavers and pirates stalk the seas. And the most dangerous pirate of all — Jackson Bell, leader of the notorious and feared Scarlets — wants the secret that The Retribution is carrying. A secret so great it could grant the bearer power over the known world.
Wilbur Smith and Clive Cussler meet Bernard Cornwell in this story about the price of freedom, the cost of revenge and the siren song of power and privilege.
The Retribution, by Mike Wardle, is published by Burning Chair on 2 June 2022. Pre-order your copy today!