Prince Khael Stratton returns from a mission for the King to find
the small northern state he rules in a condition of unrest. Now he
must regain his signet ring from the lovely young street urchin who
stole it and return home to restore peace and justice to his
homeland before destruction ensues.
In the process and along with Khael's best friend, the three
travelers learn more about each other and themselves, find
friendship and powerful alliances, face challenging adversaries and
monsters, and learn to work together even at high risk of life and
M. A. Richter - Firebird Book Award Winner - Best Epic and
Best New Fiction First-Published Awards!
Chapter 1: Cambridge
"True enlightenment arises from self-mastery; thus, kinshuh
(temperance) is the primary discipline of the Saiensu." ~
Foundations of the Mystic Order
Khael squinted impatiently toward the head of the
motionless gate queue. His hopes for some relief after his
strenuous journey so far, perhaps an extended break from the string
of assassination attempts, dimmed. In all his travels, only once
before had he needed to wait to enter Cambridge.
Molniya, his gnu-horse hybrid steed, shifted under
him, hoofing his own vexation on the stone roadway.
Khael reflected that the guards at the gate needed
nothing more than to inspect incoming travelers visually for signs
of suspicious activity. They might converse with familiar
travelers, but the process should be simple and reasonably quick.
Suspects could be escorted behind the guard shack for more detailed
Unable to see any obvious cause for the delay,
Khael closed his eyes to scan the life energies in the area. No
danger showed amongst the travelers on the road. He shifted his
focus to the front of the queue. One of the City Patrol rangers at
the gate blatantly groped a peasant woman, right beside her
husband, while another ranger held out his hand for—a
Outraged, Khael stiffened out of his relaxed
bearing. Had those guards no sense of decency? These people might
be commoners, but even peasants deserved more respectful treatment.
He prodded Molniya's flanks with his heels. The great gongyangma
snorted as he walked around Grant on his gongyangma, Phantom, to
pass the line of merchants, tradesmen and herders.
"We're jumping the queue?" Heidi's strawberry
blonde head poked up from the other side of Phantom.
Khael looked at her. At his change in posture,
Molniya stopped beside their two friends. Next to Molniya and
Phantom, Heidi's charger resembled a large pony.
Khael strained to keep his fury quiet. "The Patrols
extort fees from these travelers and grope the women going
"They never learn." Grant's cavernous bass rumble
carried only a short distance.
I love the
story and can't wait for a sequel: I had originally planned to read just
a chapter at a time, but I couldn't put Mystic Prince down. The
author drew me into the story, as the characters became more
complex and their journey more interesting. The story combines
unique mystical abilities and imagery along a road of discovery as
the characters build on their friendship and share some fun and
dangerous adventures. There are surprises and plot twists along the
way, and the ending begs for a sequel. You won't be disappointed.
- Kathleen, on Amazon, *****
Don't let the cover art fool
Thievery and beauty,
humor and peril, love and betrayal, cutting through the fog of
illusion...The Mystic Prince is an engaging quest-adventure with
unique and likeable characters in a futuristic setting that feels
oddly familiar in a dreamscape kind of way. The prince and his
inner arsenal are intriguing and magnetic and kept me turning the
page to see what would happen next. Looking forward to the
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enjoyed this book. The characters are well drawn and and
believable. It was fun to read and a lovely
Stephanie Harnack, on Amazon *****
Not as dark as GOT with more heroes and great imaginative but
believable world building and storyline. Harkens back to Camelot
mythology but with cooler, more current dialogue and attitudes
including female knight warriors . Pick it
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