The Wells of Ythan Quartet

For the first time ever, The Wells of Ythan Quartet collects four beloved fantasy novels from author Marc Alexander.

A new power will rise…


The Wells of Ythan Quartet includes:

Ancient Dreams

Once, the kingdom of Ythan was great and prosperous.

But then, a Princess, the sole heir to the kingdom, disappeared.

As time passed many lost hope that their Lady Eloria could or would return. The Golden Age crumbled in despair.

Now, she has faded into legend. Ythan has fallen to the hands of the corrupt and the greedy. With its glory long gone, Ythan has become a place of terror and evil.

Under the tyrannical reign of the Regent, every corner of this great land is suffering.

But amidst the darkness of the realm, there is a glimmer of hope.

Could the princess be found? Could order and peace be restored?

Magic Casements

The task of finding the lost princess has fallen to unlikely hands: an apprentice toymaker, a spoiled young nobleman, a court jester and a motley crew of misfits.

But the evil has turned on itself, the corruption gnawing at its own innards; and now the Regent of Danaak, afflicted with a creeping, sorcerous horror, can find hope only in the waters of the legendary Wells of Ythan.

Shadow Realm

The city of Thaan has fallen to the tyrannical sway of the Regent. His dark, evil power creates a shadow over the land.

But still, the quest for the lost Princess Livia continues.

The only hope for Ythan now lies at the end of the Pilgrim Path, in restoring Livia to the Empty Throne…

Now, Krispin, Alwald, Ognam, and Gambal have reached the mage’s tower and seek a way to find the princess.

Enchantment’s End

The Quartet reaches its thrilling conclusion!

The Regent, currently ruling with malicious, ambivalent authority over the kingdom, travels to the enchanted springs to restore his health and continue his evil reign of power. He is poisoned, almost to death, and must seek out this cure.

The questers must fight against all odds to restore the Princess to her rightful place. But once they do, that is when the real battle will begin.

The fight for the future of Ythan … or its doom.

Bloodthirst

Her spirit has awoken…

1610.

Countess Elizabeth Bathori has been walled up alive in her castle for murdering the murderess of 650 young girls.

Her reason: to bathe in their blood.

Her sinister life of drinking and bathing in her victims’ blood has become only a haunting legend…

But is her evil influence really dead?

Now, three centuries later during the Second World War, the German troops are retreating from Hungary. With the turning tides of war, a group of fleeing Germans take refuge in a ruined crypt.

They disappear.

And when they are found, it is in the worst possible circumstances.

They have been murdered, strangely and savagely.

Their death unleashes upon the world a horror that was once thought to have disappeared… but now, we shall see that it has been lying in wait ever since the Countess’ death…

Her bloodthirst still rages – and she will claim many more victims before it is quenched.

Bloodthirst is a gripping supernatural horror thriller with tones of the mystic and mysterious.

Enchantment’s End

The thrilling conclusion to the epic quest…

Will they save her?


In the final instalment of the Wells of Ythan quartet, the questers find themselves at the end of the Pilgrim Path where they should find Princess Livia ready and waiting to be awoken from her hundred years’ sleep. She is the rightful heir to the Empty Throne, and will reunite the land once more.

However, they’re faced with yet another obstacle. In order to awaken her, they must take the Princess to the Wells of Ythan to bathe in their mystical waters.

But it’s not the just the heroes who want the healing powers of the Wells.

The Regent, currently ruling with malicious, ambivalent authority over the kingdom, travels to the enchanted springs to restore his health and continue his evil reign of power. He is poisoned, almost to death, and must seek out this cure.

The questers must fight against all odds to restore the Princess to her rightful place. But once they do, that is when the real battle will begin.

The fight for the future of Ythan … or its doom.

In this stunning conclusion, good fights evil in a grand quest to restore the rightful Princess to the Empty throne, and rid the land of evil for good.

From fantasy author Marc Alexander comes Enchantment’s End the fourth and final instalment of the Wells of Ythan series. Follow the unlikely crew of an apprentice toymaker, a spoiled young nobleman, a court jester and their companions as they search for the lost Princess Livia.

MARC ALEXANDER is a former Fleet Street journalist and a consultant editor of Heritage Magazine. For many years he contributed a regular history column to Majesty magazine. His books include The Outrageous Queens, Haunted Churches and Abbeys of Britain, Royal Murder and A Companion to the Royal Heritage of Britain. Marc lives in London.

Plague Pit

The pit that should never have been disturbed…


Deep foundations are being dug on a City building site when some old brickwork is revealed. Part of it collapses, releasing a gust of air so foul that all the men nearby begin to choke and retch.

Finally the nauseous stench disperses and they discover a burial crypt dating back to the Great Plague of London in 1665. But these pit should never be disturbed.

But when the intruders begin to show horrifying symptoms – fever, nausea, revolting swellings – the true horror of the pit is revealed.

All die hideously within five days.

By opening a burial crypt that should never have been touched, they have unleashed an infection on the nation that the authorities must prevail to control. Ignoring the threat, the government warn the spreading of a Super-flu to attempt to contain the panic. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the infection.

Charity, a local radio station presenter, and Paul, a scientist, are determined to unveil the truth, and save lives.

But the powers from above are too strong.

Can the pair find some way to combine the power of science with the power of media? The infection is fast spreading, but Paul and Charity must endeavour to spread the word and find a cure.

All the while, one of the men from the building site has mysteriously disappeared and cannot be traced…

Plague Pit is a chilling horror-thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It was previously published under the pseudonym Mark Ronson.

Shadow Realm

A terrible power has awoken…

The city of Thaan has fallen to the tyrannical sway of the Regent. His dark, evil power creates a shadow over the land.

But still, the quest for the lost Princess Livia continues.

The only hope for Ythan now lies at the end of the Pilgrim Path, in restoring Livia to the Empty Throne…

Now, Krispin, Alwald, Ognam, and Gambal have reached the mage’s tower and seek a way to find the princess.

In trade for the Esav found earlier in their quest, they receive the knowledge that the princess has been hidden in the Shadow Realm, a dark and mysterious place that not many survive. Krispin and his companions forge on, but their thoughts are drawn to home.

Meanwhile, back in Ythan, the Regent and his Witchfinders continue to close their vice-like grip around the kingdom.

The Regent is ailed by some sort of evil magic and searches desperately to find a cure while hidings his ailment.

He seeks the Waters of Ythan, a cure all that is also foretold to wake the Princess…

But are the rumours of the Waters true? Or is the foretold cure a groundless myth?

On the answer hangs the hopes of all the Kingdom … and the dreams of four men, set to save a belaboured princess.

From fantasy author Marc Alexander comes Shadow Realm the third instalment of the Wells of Ythanseries. Follow the unlikely crew of an apprentice toymaker, a spoiled young nobleman, a court jester and their companions as they search for the lost Princess Livia.

Magic Casements (The Wells of Ythan Quartet Book 2)

The land lies in disrepair…

Will Ythan rise again … or crumble into dust forever?


The Wolf King holds court in River Garde; in Danaak, the Regent is ensorceled, gradually becoming something … tainted: the evil of the enchantment turns even on its own acolytes …

Legend tells of the fall of Ythan, of a lost Princess lying bewitched in the depths of an unknown wilderness. With her lies the key to the lifting of the Enchantment that has spread its corruption over fair Ythan.

The task of finding her has fallen to unlikely hands: an apprentice toymaker, a spoiled young nobleman, a court jester and a motley crew of misfits.

But the evil has turned on itself, the corruption gnawing at its own innards; and now the Regent of Danaak, afflicted with a creeping, sorcerous horror, can find hope only in the waters of the legendary Wells of Ythan.

Two legends: in one lies hope for Ythan, in the other despair.

From fantasy author Marc Alexander comes Magic Casements the second instalment of the Wells of Ythan series. Follow the unlikely crew of an apprentice toymaker, a spoiled young nobleman, a court jester and their companions as they search for the lost Princess Livia.

Ghoul

A gruesome horror lurks in the dark…

Twenty-five centuries after its entrance was sealed, an ancient tomb in the fearsome Valley of the Jinn has been uncovered by an earthquake.

Soon afterwards a nearby graveyard is desecrated, and horribly mauled bodies are found.

The mutilation is assumed to be the work of wild beasts, and no one dreams that the archaeologists opening the tomb are moving into terrible danger.

But they will soon learn how wrong they are…

Lurking in the maze of tunnels and caves is a foul creature whose evil has survived for thousands of years, its age-old hunger newly awakened. Only a legendary piece of treasure has the power to protect them…

Will they make it out of the tomb alive?

Or will the Ghoul add more corpses to its tomb of dead trophies?

Ghoul is a gripping horror novel, a fast paced adventure filled with ancient mysteries and terrifying discoveries. It was previously published under the pseudonym Mark Ronson.

Ancient Dreams

A new power will rise…

Once, the kingdom of Ythan was great and prosperous.

But then, a Princess, the sole heir to the kingdom, disappeared.

As time passed many lost hope that their Lady Eloria could or would return. The Golden Age crumbled in despair.

Now, she has faded into legend. Ythan has fallen to the hands of the corrupt and the greedy. With its glory long gone, Ythan has become a place of terror and evil.

Under the tyrannical reign of the Regent, every corner of this great land is suffering.

But amidst the darkness of the realm, there is a glimmer of hope.

Could the princess be found? Could order and peace be restored?

But who dared to find her?

The answer: Krispin Tommasson, an apprentice toymaker. He and his fellow companions are Ythan’s only chance salvation.

Together, they must quest to discover the whereabouts of the mythical Princess – or Ythan may perish forever…

Ancient Dreams is an enthralling fantasy epic, the first of The Wells of Ythan series.