The Gauntlet

The Gauntlet
Product information
Type Serialized novel (10 parts)
Author Ilsa J. Bick
Pages 111 (book 1)
90 (book 2)
Publication information
Publisher BattleCorps
First published 28 February-28 March 2006 (book 1)
9 May-6 June 2006 (book 2)
Era Succession Wars era
Timeline 20 April 3022-25 December 3029

The Gauntlet is a serialized novel by Ilsa J. Bick that was published online on BattleCorps as two "books" of five parts each.

Plot summary[edit]

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Book 1 (Descent)[edit]

The year is 3028. The historic Davion-Steiner wedding is just weeks away, a marriage destined to unite these two great Houses into the most powerful of the Successor States. Yet, in Rome, phantoms from the past threaten to derail this union by exposing explosive secrets: of forbidden love and unacknowledged desire; of a child who holds the key to the future; of a Catholic Church bent upon recapturing lost glory. Of murder, and Hanse Davion, gone mad.

Book 2 (Crucible)[edit]

The year is 3028. Multiple people have been murdered at the Vatican. A nun witnessed Hanse Davion fleeing the corpses - a man now missing. Also gone are a Vatican official, and a young baby in his custody. Now, Ardan Sortek must work with the local police to clear his prince's name, even as the Vatican works to cover up the very events Sortek is trying to investigate....