Once they calmed themselves from that reality, she asked, “So, has Merrhius ever expanded?”
“We’ve talked about it. But it’s never been done since I was born. The talks are getting more serious, now.”
“Will you expand into empty land?”
“No. Into another kingdom.”
Faith looked perplexed, and then asked, “Which one?”
“Rhaevaehyn. Do you know of it?”
“Vaguely. They have a monarchy.”
“Yes. We have a monarchy.” He couldn’t tell by her tone when she said ‘monarchy’ how she felt about royal dynasties. He wasn’t sure if he should follow his statement by telling her he was a prince in his kingdom. He didn’t want to appear as if he was boasting. Besides, he was still a little shocked they had never even discussed where he was from until now.
“I know.” Faith’s lack of interest let him know that this actually was not the right time to let her know his inheritance. She continued, “Since they have a monarchy, then would each city have their own ruler?”
“No. There would be one ruler and the other one would be a governor —
someone under the ruler who keeps watch over that city.”
“I know what a governor does. So, which ruler would stand down?Yours?” she asked condescendingly. She knew the answer.
Karhiad shook his head.
“Why would a ruler willingly step down? What is in it for him and his city?” Faith kept the questions coming.
“I’m gathering by your questions you don’t agree with kingdom expansion.”
“I don’t agree with anything that is taken by force.” After a long pause and their intense stare with one another, she asked, “Why does your ruler want Rhaevaehyn anyway?”
A Great LightPublication Date June 28, 2018
by Jennifer Ball
Genres: Fantasy, Christian Fiction, Young Adult
Written for: High-School/Young Adult
War isn’t coming. It’s already here. Prepare for the final battle.
In a kingdom ruled by a powerful monarchy focused on dominion, an opposition develops from the king’s own son, Prince Karhiad. While the ruthless King Vilsig envisions conquest of all kingdoms, his son’s own heart has a different direction. Prince Karhiad is more focused on the humanity of the citizens than he is his father’s instructions on how to one day lead the Kingdom of Merrhius with power.
All the while, the threat of wickedness from a dark sinister force from the past erupts and bleeds over into the present and future times. This ancient sinister beast is orchestrating the moral decay, corruption and down fall of every kingdom. It commands an army of supernatural menacing soldiers bent on serving this evil until each living being is destroyed or absorbed in their own vile image.
On the night of Prince Karhiad’s 17th birthday, he is mesmerized by a radiant light and makes a decision to learn of its origin. That choice will bring him answers to questions he didn't know he had, and will separate him further from being in allegiance with his father. The future king of Merrhius will learn things about the past and future that will force him head on in battling the most evil entity of all time.
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