The Five Penalties Series

The Helm of Midnight is an Amazon Editor’s pick for best fantasy!

Purchase at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or through your local independent bookstore via IndieBound.

Hannibal meets Mistborn in Marina Lostetter’s THE HELM OF MIDNIGHT, the dark and stunning first novel in a new trilogy that combines the intricate worldbuilding and rigorous magic system of the best of epic fantasy with a dark and chilling thriller.

In a daring and deadly heist, thieves have made away with an artifact of terrible power—the death mask of Louis Charbon. Made by a master craftsman, it is imbued with the spirit of a monster from history, a serial murderer who terrorized the city.

Now Charbon is loose once more, killing from beyond the grave. But these murders are different from before, not simply random but the work of a deliberate mind probing for answers to a sinister question.

It is up to Krona Hirvath and her fellow Regulators to enter the mind of madness to stop this insatiable killer while facing the terrible truths left in his wake.

Praise for The Helm of Midnight:

“Beautiful and Vicious, The Helm of Midnight will snare you with its intriguing mystery and then enthrall you with it’s rich characters and inventive worlds.”

Megan E. O’Keefe, author of The Protectorate series

“Mysterious and Mind-ripping, journey through the mystic depths of time and the darkness of the human psyche.”

Matt Wallace, author of the Savage Rebellion series

“The Helm of Midnight transports readers to an intensely unique and creative world, interwoven with secrets and heart-pounding action.”

Andrea Stewart, Author of The Drowning Empire Series

“An utterly enthralling mystery of magic, masks, and murder. Lostetter weaves together three stories to a stunning conclusion that will leave you breathless.”

KB Wagers, author of the Farian War series

“Be warned, reader, nothing is as it seems!”

Ryan Van Loan, author of the Fall of the Gods series

The Cage of Dark Hours


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The Cage of Dark Hours is the second novel in the epic fantasy trilogy from acclaimed author Marina Lostetter, where the defeat of a serial killer back from the dead has pulled the mask off the myths and magics of a fantastical city.

Krona and her Regulators survived their encounter with Charbon, the long-dead serial killer who returned to their city, but the illusions of their world were shattered forever.

Allied with an old friend, they will battle the elite who have ruled their world with deception, cold steel, and tight control of the magic that could threaten their power, while also confronting beasts from beyond the foggy barrier that binds their world.

Now they must follow every thread to uncover the truth behind the Thalo, once thought of as only a children’s tale, who are the quiet, creeping puppet masters of their world.

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