The Imaginary Realms of
Gilbert M. Stack



The Map of Winterhaven

Winterhaven: Young Tavistock

Young Tavistock 1 Steel Gray Eyes

Before he became the greatest knight in Winterhaven, Willem, the future Lord Tavistock was a seventeen-year-old half-orphan determined to claim his father's patrimony. The only thing standing in his way was every greedy and faithless man in the honor. The only support he could find was his two teachers, his naked sword, and a pair of Steel Gray Eyes. This is the story of how Willem set out on the road to become the most respected man in the Duchy of Winterhaven.

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Young Tavistock 2 Dark Treacherous Hearts

When Willem returned to Tavistock to claim his inheritance, he thought he only needed to convince his uncle to stand down and then prove his own value to his vassals on the field of battle. Unfortunately for Willem, his unexpected return interfered with too many other peoples’ plans. He belatedly realizes that if they can’t remove him face to face, they will find a less honorable way. As the young swordsman struggles to take a firm grip on the reins of power, he must discern who is truly loyal to him and which smiles conceal Dark Treacherous Hearts.

Dark Treacherous Hearts is available for $2.99 on Amazon or free from Kindle Unlimited. 

Young Tavistock 3 Crimson Steel Blades

Young Willem has survived battles and assassinations, but his claim to his father’s lordship will not be secure until his formal Oathtaking at a ceremony attended by the Great Lords of the duchy. For those who still hope to push him aside, time is getting perilously short. Yet those who have already acted against him are not as dangerous as the great men who are coming; and those who wish him ill have so many ways to dispose of one irritating young man. Be it through the joust, the duel, or even open rebellion, Willem’s Oathtaking is going to be marred by Crimson Steel Blades.

Crimson Steel Blades can be pre-ordered for 99 cents at Amazon.

Here is the map of Winterhaven painted by Chris L. Adams. I think you'll agree that it's extraordinarily vivid and beautiful. If you'd like to see more of Chris' work, check out his webpage here


The events of Winterhaven take place seventeen years after the Oathtaking of Willem Lord Tavistock as a terrible crisis creeps up upon the duchy. The War of Night has begun again, but most of Winterhaven remains ignorant of that fact and the safety of the duchy will ultimately depend on the courage and intelligence of a sickly young knight named Dhrugal of Edgefield.

Here is the official back of the book blurb:

In the far off Duchy of Winterhaven at the edge of human civilization, a young knight investigates a most unusual murder while the Great Lords of the land scheme to expand their borders and take control of the duchy. A decade of relative peace is about to collapse and only young Dhrugal of Edgefield and his brothers and sister stand between Winterhaven and dark-spun chaos.

"Winterhaven is classic storytelling and world building where the duchies and people come alive right under one's nose without even realizing it. The plot is a complex one that doesn't rush itself, whose political and character threads are juggled with consummate precision and dexterity. The setting is reminiscent of medieval Europe, but the supernatural also lurks herein, which only heightens the mysticism of this world where things like 'the draal' are real, and shouldn't be taken lightly. The players are thoroughly developed...and believable. And that might be what strikes the chord the most--is that Stack's Winterhaven world seems so real. This story isn't to be read in a rush; it's immersive--a slow-roasted dinner versus a hot-pocket. Savor it as such." Chris L. Adams, Author of The Banshee of the Atacama

Winterhaven can be can be found at Amazon, AmazonUK, and for free on  Kindle Unlimited.

Winterhaven 2 The First Snows

Sane men spend the winter season bundled up in their homes near the fire praying for spring to come, so insanity must be on the rise in Winterhaven. With the tenuous unity of the Great Lords fractured by the failures of the Duke’s army in the west and the accusations of heresy against his son, new armies are secretly mobilizing even in this bitterest of seasons. Yet can even knights as great as William Lord Tavistock and Sir Conn of Edgefield lead armies to victory after the first snows have fallen?

The First Snows can be found on Amazon, Amazon UK and for free on Kindle Unlimited 

Winterhaven 3 The Blood of Torons

Duke Maldon may have suffered the shame of seeing his family's heresy exposed, but that doesn’t mean that the duke and his kin are out of the fight. Launching their most insidious scheme yet, they succeed in transforming a victory celebration uniting the duchy’s leading families into a bloody battlefield that ignites a civil war. And with the great families of Winterhaven doing their best to kill each other, no one seems to notice the far greater dangers arising on the border, threatening to overrun them all. No one, that is, but the weakest members of the tragically divided Toron family. Dhrugal and his brothers saved the duchy once, but can they do so again with the streets of the city running with The Blood of Torons? 

The Blood of Torons can be found on Amazon, Amazon UK and for free on Kindle Unlimited