The Ship Kings


‘The ancient mapmaker had inscribed a warning within the great empty shadow on his chart, words that echoed down to Dow from half a thousand years before.

Here be whales in great number. And here be monsters of the deep that riseth to feast upon them.

War-of-the-Four-IslesNearly three years have passed since Dow Amber escaped the ruin of the Twelfth Kingdom. In that time war has raged all across the Four Isles, but Dow himself has been hidden away from the major battles by his Twin Islands hosts, relegated to a backwater of the war, in the company of the beguiling Cassandra. But when word reaches Dow that Ignella of the Cave has been imprisoned upon the infamous Ship Kings dungeon-isle of Banishment, he can be patient no longer. He sets forth upon an epic voyage that will take him halfway around the world — defying storm and monster, betrayal and despair — to the heart of the greatest battle of the Age, and to the discovery at last of his true purpose upon the high seas.


It’s been a long break here without a post – but the good news is that I haven’t been entirely idle all these months. Just a few weeks ago I mailed off to the publishers the first draft of the fourth and final instalment in the Ship Kings series – Book 4, The Ocean of the Dead. Yes, the saga of Dow Amber and Ignella of the Cave is now entire and complete… almost. Read more



In a world of storms and monsters, an Empire’s fortune turns on the fate of one boy…

Welcome to the Four Isles, a world that consists almost entirely of ocean. It is a sea vast and strange, quite unlike our own, and half of which lies still unseen and unexplored, bedevilled as it is by monsters of the deep and great storms and perilous zones where ships dare not go.

For close to a hundred years the Ship Kings have held dominion here, their fleets enforcing their rule over the four known Isles. But now the tide is turning against them, for from a remote corner of their empire arises unheralded a boy by the name of Dow Amber, who is fated – against all likelihood – to become the greatest mariner and captain of his age, and to challenge the Ship Kings at the very heart of their realm.

Along the way Dow will face wonders and terrors in abundance; giant whirlpools, towering ice, serpents of the abyss and more. He will fight in epic battles of world-wide rebellion, and suffer murderous treacheries at the hands of those he calls friends. He will yearn ever for the sea, but his heart will belong to the mysterious Ship Kings girl, Ignella of the Cave, enemy though she is. And at the end of all things, he will voyage beyond the limits of the Great Ocean itself, in search of hope for a world that has no other hope left.

The Ship Kings series consists of four volumes; The Coming of the Whirlpool, The Voyage of the Unquiet Ice, The War of the Four Isles – and still to come, the final volume, The Ocean of the Dead.

The Coming of the Whirlpool: Ship Kings 1 by Andrew McGahan The Voyage of the Unquiet Ice: Ship Kings 2 by Andrew McGahan War-of-the-Four-Isles