An avid amateur student of Sumerian anthropology, Dan Phalen writes historical fiction as well as adult thrillers and mysteries for kids.


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Sumerian Chronicles I

Sumer, 3200 BC. Under the watchful eye of a deadly cobra, Nippur’s empath queen Uruna risks her life and mankind’s future to foresee an alternative to war. Torn between her longing for love and her pledge as bride to a nation, she defies a power-mad priest, a feuding landed elite, and a barbarian horde. But her gamble to pull humanity back from the brink of chaos demands a personal cost more shattering than her worst nightmare. [Read more...]



Sumerian Chronicles II

Suffering from a despot's regime of plunder and oppression, Sumerians turn to vanquished queen Uruna Kumta, the elusive legend, Lark of the Reeds. Caught when two armies clash inside sacred Nippur, Uruna faces a loss greater than any she imagined. Working as the Lark, she will need more than prayer and ceremony to save herself and her people from annihilation.

[Coming Fall 2017 ...]



Sumerian Chronicles III

In the wake of Nippur's devastation, a hostage seer and her warrior husband carry on apart, each believing the other to be dead.

As Uruna unifies the people against Bull Priest oppression, Anu endures a wilderness ordeal to fight his way back to the home he lost. But exposure of a stolen birthright threatens the established regime, spelling death for Uruna and the family she loves.

[Coming Fall 2017 ...]


Sumerian Chronicles Prequel

A miracle child's journey from innocence to power becomes Sumer's journey as well.

In striving to fulfill the promise of ages, young Uruna must win the calloused hearts of the temple elite despite intrigue and political agenda. Will she survive and become a prophet to spur Sumerians on to higher achievement? Or will an ambitious few sweep her aside and halt Sumerian progress in its tracks?

[Coming Fall 2017 ...]

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