Conspiracy of the Cage

The first full-length novel in the Bander series

“Epic fantasy for people who are tired of the usual elves, dwarves, magic swords, and talking dragons.”


In the dead of night, a man is dragged from his chambers, chained, and strapped to a catapult.

But it isn’t just any man. It is Tobin Leroth, a mage who had just unlocked the mystery of a 3,000 year old artifact with the power to change the course of history.

Shadowy conspirators fling the mage to his death and steal the artifact from the powerful Mage Guild in an effort to topple the ancient order.

Bander, a grizzled veteran guard and investigator, is forced into the search by a mysterious young sorceress who reveals a very personal connection to the murder.

But as Bander gets drawn deeper into a deadly mystery that involves the highest powers in the realm, he finds himself on the run from the same dark forces he suspects killed Tobin Leroth. But this time they are hunting him…

CONSPIRACY OF THE CAGE is a brawling, hardboiled epic fantasy and magic series that combines the fast pace of thrillers like “24” and Jack Reacher with a brutal fantasy world like “Game of Thrones.” Fantasy and magic meet pulse-pounding adventure with an unforgettable fantasy warrior hero.

Formerly published as “The Donden Cage.”


“I read and thoroughly enjoyed THE LORD OF THE RINGS and Ursula K. LeGuin’s WIZARD OF EARTHSEA stories– but aside from those books, I’ve never been a fan of sword and sorcery. I’m more drawn to thrillers and action/adventure stories in the vein of Lee Child’s REACHER novels. But now there’s BANDER– a kind of cool hybrid of genres I love– a fantasy/mystery/thriller series. A combination of the action, excitement and physicality of REACHER/DIE HARD/BOURNE, and the rich mythology and other-worldliness of GAME OF THRONES. It’s really nice to see the author bring BANDER and company together in a full length novel. It’s clear from the conclusion of CONSPIRACY OF THE CAGE that the story is far from over, so hopefully the next one will be out soon. Bander’s kind of addicting!”

“The Bander saga is action packed and fast moving. I’m not a fantasy fan, but this story is intriguing. It is full of imaginative situations, heroic fights and a wide range of characters that are sure the reader will recognize, in spirit if not in reality.”

“This was entertaining. I found most of the characters interesting, if not likeable. Did not see the direction the plot was taking, starting with a single murder and graduating to widespread conspiracy and mass destruction. A “potboiler” with a “cliffhanger” ending (?). Looking forward to what happens next.”

“This is the first Bander adventure I have read. And I LOVED it. An action-adventure, thriller/fantasy it is a fast-paced read. Kept me on the edge of my seat to see how it would come out.”