Book 3: Splinter

Splinter B+WAll who stand against us shall perish…

The critically acclaimed Sentinel Trilogy comes to a thrilling conclusion in this final instalment of the dark fantasy series.

The world is falling apart around Nicholas Hallow. Amid rumours that the Dark Prophets have returned, a deathly gloom pollutes England, unleashing a savage hoard of nightmare creatures. Fighting the tide of evil, Nicholas returns home to Cambridge, where an old ally helps him seek out the mysterious Skurkwife, who could help Nicholas stop Malika and the Prophets for good.

Meanwhile, Sam Wilkins unites the Sentinels against the forces of darkness, but with Jessica’s sanity slipping, and Isabel suspicious of her shadowy past, it’s a battle that could cost the Sentinels everything.


“This time, all bets are off. There’s a surprising romantic development for Nicholas, plus some BIG battles, and a new cat in the mix.” – Joshua Winning

Author Q&A

What’s it like to finish the trilogy?
A huge relief! It’s been such a long journey – the first book, Sentinel, was published in 2014 – that I actually have a file on my computer marked ‘IF I DIE’ containing all my story ideas for Splinter. That way, somebody could finish the trilogy if I ended up going down in a plane crash. Nobody has ever accused me of being under prepared.

Did you have the whole trilogy planned out from the start?
I did, and as I went along, I promptly threw that plan in the bin. I had originally intended on sending our hero, Nicholas, into parallel universes and playing around with time travel, but I quickly realised that what makes the Sentinel Trilogy so fun is that all the weird stuff happens in our world. I thought I’d leave the dimension-hopping to Philip Pullman – he’s way better at it.

What surprises are in store for our heroes in Splinter?
So much death! No, in all seriousness, it was a joy to bring the trilogy to a close and, in the words of Jamie Kennedy in Scream 3, this time “all bets are off”. There’s a surprising romantic development for Nicholas, plus some BIG battles, and a new cat in the mix. Plus, of course, Malika is back.

Describe the trilogy for those who haven’t read it yet…
It’s for anybody who loves monsters, magic and cats. I was inspired by things like Buffy and Robin Jarvis’ Wyrd Museum trilogy and Hammer horror films. It’s a real cauldron of weird, and hopefully it has a lot of heart, too.

 What People Are Saying About Splinter

“A wild ride, as we have come to expect from Joshua Winning” – SciFiNow

“THIS is the trilogy you don’t want to miss out on” – Bookmark That

“The entire series has been building towards a huge apocalyptic showdown and when we get there it does not disappoint” – The Eloquent Page

“I loved the climax to Splinter. No spoilers but WOW I was not expecting that!” – Bibliophile Book Club

“A wonderful resolution to the tale told in the Sentinel trilogy, even if I’m a little sad to say goodbye to Nicholas, Isabel and friends” – A Fantastical Librarian

“Definitely my favourite out of the three. From the minute I was sent it, I couldn’t put it down. The story takes such a brilliant turn” – Between The Pages

“Just brilliant, the best one yet. It took me back to what I loved about book one” – Wall-To-Wall Books

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