All 3 books in the Ruarnon Trilogy and the prequel in a row on Ipad screens, with a map of their setting, Umarinaris in the background.Rebellion is Due: young Urmilian, his hair braided back, eyes outlined with kohl, wearing fitted bronze armour, a bronze disc kilt, holding a helmet in his left hand and leaning on a spear with his right, a quiver of arrows at his hip.Manipulator's War (book cover)
Image: red glyphs outline a stone archway, through which fire arrows rain down on torch-lit battlements atop a castle, at night time. Spears in the foreground indicate an advancing invading army.
Bottom text: Elise Carlson, Ruarnon Trilogy Book 1Secrets of the Sorcery War (book cover)
Blue glyphs in a stone arch frame a pair of tall cliffs, a ship sailing on bright blue water through the gap, into the sunshine of a natural harbour.
Bottom text: Elise Carlson, Ruarnon Trilogy Book 2War in Sorcery's Shadow
Image: purple glyphs around a stone arch in a stone wall, through which blackened clouds, with grey, lightening pronged edges loom over a many brown towers castle. Lightning crashes against and partially reveals a magic dome shield around the castle.
Desolate hills and dray plains life before it, with leafless, dried-up trees and a skull in the foreground.
Bottom text: Elise Carlson, Ruarnon Trilogy Book 3

Nonbinary Ruarnon is determined to prove their worth as heir to Tarlah’s perfect King. Things get complicated when their parents are abducted and they’re left ruling Tarlah in the shadow of impending war, with absent allies.

Neighbouring King Kyura has no intention of invading Tarlah. But his warmongering subjects long for the glory of expansion. When Kyura rejects their calls for war, assassins threaten his family and mutiny threatens his reign.

Stranded Aussie Linh is desperate to return to her family in Australia. But the only transport to her gateway home is Ruarnon’s absent allies, sailing to Tarlah’s aid.

Monsters at sea threaten everyone. Linh’s monster observations could save Kyura’s people, and clear her homeward path, if she risks her life aiding Ruarnon. But to secure peace with Kyura’s unruly subjects, Ruarnon’s ultimate test as heir risks betrayal and Tarlah’s bloody defeat.

In book 2, Nartzeer’s monsters return to the eastern seas and so does magic. In pursuing allies to aid recovering their abducted family Ruarnon, and in seeking confirmation of her way home Linh, discover dangerous secrets from the Sorcery War lie across the seas. Nartzeer seems to know and have plans for these secrets, his motives remain a mystery and his monsters appear to be evolving …and to threaten Ruarnon’s allies.

In book 3, Ruarnon and Linh sail to Nartzeer’s homeland to recover Ruarnon’s parents and for Linh to get home. They seek allegiance with an underground resistance in occupied territory, undertake a quest and discover secret sorcerer organisations and a continent on the brink of a second sorcery war.

Nartzeer is more complex than anyone anticipated. He is as terrible as they feared, more wonderful than they imagined, and about to destroy his world, if they can’t find a way to stop him.

Book 1: off-page suicide, death, family grief, moderate fantasy battle violence.

Book 2: mental health themes (paranoia), moderate fantasy battle violence.

Book 3: mental health themes (paranoia and PTSD), death, grief, moderate fantasy battle violence.

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Manipulator's War (book cover)
Red glyphs outline a stone archway, through which fire arrows rain down on torch-lit battlements atop a castle, at night time. Spears in the foreground indicate an advancing invading army.
Bottom text: Elise Carlson, Ruarnon Trilogy Book 1

“…the representation of Ruarnon as nonbinary was amazing.”

“…took me on an emotional roller coaster with every twist and turn.”

“…captivating, immersive and thrilling. I loved the echoes to other great fantasy reads.”

Secrets of the Sorcery War (book cover)
Blue glyphs in a stone arch frame a pair of tall cliffs, a ship sailing on bright blue water through the gap, into the sunshine of a natural harbour.
Bottom text: Elise Carlson, Ruarnon Trilogy Book 2

“This book takes many unexpected twists and turns and keeps you wanting more of the storyline.”

“…continues to paint elaborate lands, vivid imagery, and rich character portrayals…. Overall very well written and easy to lose yourself in the storyline! Cannot wait for the 3rd.”


Main characters include: nonbinary, aromantic and asexual people.
Side Characters: multiple letters of LGBTQIA+ (more clearly in books 2 & 3).

Multiple characters display autistic and ADHD traits, though only one explicitly has ADHD. (Others may be autistic, have ADHD or possibly both).

Elise Carlson is a nonbinary, asexual, aromantic Australian with diagnosed ADHD and is beginning to explore the possibility they have autism too.

They are a long covid survivor with a chronic illness and they intend to explore disability rep more in future books (though keep an eye out for The Dedicated, late to the party in Ruarnon Trilogy book 3).


Rebellion is Due (book cover): young Urmilian, his hair braided back, eyes outlined with kohl, wearing fitted bronze armour, a bronze disc kilt, holding a helmet in his left hand and leaning on a spear with his right, a quiver of arrows at his hip.

Everywhere he looks, 15-year-old Urmillian sees his people suffering under brutal foreign occupation. High taxes drive poverty and malnutrition, while the execution of anyone suspected of resistance brings the people of Tarlah to their knees. Urmillian longs to join his father’s uprising and free his people, despite father’s orders to protect the family home. When occupying soldiers turn on all Tarlahans, Urmillian’s younger brother calls for aid. But the streets are filling with soldiers. If Urmillian doesn’t help cut them off, the city will be overrun. So he risks both their lives by abandoning his household’s defence and joining his older sister on the front line.

An action-packed YA Fantasy short story (7500 words), set before Manipulator’s War.

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