With the start of school, there are some new books out. Kendra Ardnek’s book, Worth of a King, is one of those. I had the privelege of interviewing her about one of her characters, and then that character decided to come hang out as well.
Kendra, will you please introduce your character? Does he or she have a nickname?
My character’s name is Adrian. No nicknames as of the beginning of the book. He does gain one towards the end, though.
Would you describe Adrian for my readers? What is your his hair color? Eye color?
Black hair and hazel green eyes.
Ooh, I love hazel green eyes. They remind me of hawk eyes. Does Adrian have a secret?
Yes. He’s actually twin brother to the Princess Obsidia. And he doesn’t even know that when the book opens…
Twins are awesome! I have a whole series with twins in it. So, where was Adrian born? Where has he lived since then, and where does he call home?
He was born at the castle, but that very night, his father was killed by a usurper king and due to the mess that is the politics of his country, his mother sent him away to be raised by her trusted companion as a commoner. And, so, he lives in a humble village, which is where he most certainly calls home.
Let’s welcome Adrian to the blog. So glad to have you here. What is your favorite occupation?
My father – or my foster father, that is, as I’ve recently discovered – is the village printer, and I’ve always thought the best occupation in the Sphere. I’m his apprentice, and he says that I’m really good at it. Unfortunately, this is only until they can find a way to return me to what is apparently “my” rightful throne.
Wow! Sounds like you’ve had some interesting couple of days and are just coming to grips with this new information. Where would you like to live?
Right here, in the village, where I’ve grown up.
I can understand that. I didn’t have any one place growing up, and always wanted that. I’m blessed to have lived in the same area for the last twenty-six years. On what occasions do you lie?
Used to, it was only on my birthdays when it came to just how much I didn’t like them. Now that I’ve found out that I’m secretly a prince … well, it’s a bit more often.
Well, most people don’t like to tell their age, so trying to hide a birthday’s understandable. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
The fact that I’m a prince. I don’t like politics. At all. Why did I get this job?
I don’t think I’d want the job of prince or princess either. It’s always fun to fantasize about what it would be like, but in reality, it wouldn’t be fun. Let’s move on to the final question. How would you like to die?
I know how I don’t want to die. At the hands of the dragons who orchestrated my real father’s death.
It was very nice to have Kendra and Adrian here today.
Princess Obsidia’s father was killed the night she was born. Since there was no male heir, the crown went to the man who killed him, by Dialcian law. This never bothered her, growing up, and when it comes time for Obsidia to choose her husband, she chooses Prince Delaney, the son of that man, with little hesitation. Only then does her life start crumbling around her.
Adrian expected to live a normal life, taking his father’s place at the print shop when his father retired. But, on his eighteenth birthday, when the princess’ engagement is announced, his world is ripped out from under him when he learns that his life was a ruse, and he is the twin brother to the princess – and expected to take back his father’s throne.
Delaney knows that his country is hovering on the brink of war – and that his father may harbor murderous intentions towards his intended bride due to her Zovordian blood. He wants nothing more than to protect Obsidia and his people, but as merely prince, he has little power against his father.
The ancient war between the Dragons and the Immortal King and Queen is nearing its climax, and the three are already caught in it.
About the Author:
Kendra E. Ardnek loves fairytales and twisting them in new and exciting ways. She’s been or acting them on her dozen plus cousins and siblings for years. “Finish your story, Kendra,” is frequently heard at family gatherings. Her sole life goal has always been to grow up and be an author of fantasy and children’s tales that glorify God and His Word.
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You can read the first chapter on Kendra’s website.
If you’d like to follow the blog tour, feel free to head over to Kendra’s blog. You can also enter for a free paperback copy of the book and a 15 ml bottle of Peppermint essential oil (U.S. only), but there’s an international prize for the person who comments the most on the blog tour. So take a look over there.