I read this a few years ago, I think it was written in the '90s or later. The style is Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth (well, to me). The name of the author might be similar, too.
The story revolves around the prince of a medieval-type kingdom, one of over ten in an area of fragile peace. The people (of all the kingdoms) are waiting for a warrior(?) to reveal himself as some sort of 'Chosen One' with a special name. There are hints that the protagonist might be him, but it later seems he does not have one of the foretold requisites (something to do with his birth?). At the end of the first book, after a huge battle, the prince's father dies but the prince loses his kingdom because the majority of the warlords saw his battlefield behaviour (incorrectly) as unbecoming.
The second book tells of how the prince, in the company of a small band of followers, including his wine-loving friend, Marat (or Marad) travels looking for that ‘leader’ or something.
I only got partway through the second book but am curious to read the rest. Could someone identify the series for me, please?