This novel was provoked by the cruel realities of today’s world
Only this week it was announced that GM will let go between 1 and 2 thousand workers from their model plant in Canada and move their production in the States. GM makes money, Canadian Government makes money, and the workers are left in the rain and wind without cover!
This and failed small farms are the realities prompting this story, for they are not only today’s happenings, they have been going on for years…
Albert is so rich that his rich fellows in school called him “rich bitch”, but he can do nothing to change the world. He is a dreamer and visualizes this kingdom based on human needs and intrinsic goodness. He puts his own wealth into the realization of his dream, but his money, though plenty, is not enough. He needs other investors and thus, nobility is chosen and developed based on the amount invested. He starts by inviting the richest of his old colleagues from high school and three of them accept. A duke and two earls. The duke invites an old friend from college and now they have a marquees as well. Of course, Albert is king, but he has to take care of contracts and last minute arrangements and is between worlds most of the time, leaving the care of the kingdom in his nobles’ care.
They each recruit their retainers based on a very long and complicated questionnaire, the gist of which would be “leave all insecurities behind and never regret it, for once admitted there is no way back.
Albert loves his idea of a Medieval kingdom, and it seems everybody in it does too, but he has a dear friend whom he wants to marry and make his queen, and to convince her to leave the Modern world behind, he builds for her a palace to tempt a saint. Unhappily the beautiful woman and the tempting palace bring the serpent in the garden of Eden and Albert himself is not capable to fight for them. He is the dreamer, not the warrior.
Enters Jack, the loner, the man without wealth and without obligations aside of some debt incurred in the process of building a theater that in the end burns down leaving him without an aim as well. By a quirk of fate, Jack was Albert’s only friend in school, and now Albert comes to Jack’s rescue. They both could ride, but Jack could fence as well and had a streak of contrariness that made him fight for what he considered to be right even against terrifying odds. That is what Albert needs in order to save his kingdom — a Champion.
Jack is seduced to enter the kingdom thinking that he could leave anytime he chooses, is knighted and leaves on a discovery journey, a quest if you would… and just before he leaves is made aware of the perils he might encounter on the Duke’s fief. The Duke? Is he his old school nemesis? Should he leave now?Too late. Jack is in love with the kingdom and with the future queen and can no more leave without feeling he is betraying his old friend Albert.
The saga begins and I will not tell it to you. You must read the book.
I only want to ask the author if he thought of a continuation of next generations. The kingdom is on a lease for 99 years. Will it end just like Hong-Kong did? Will it finally clash with the modern world? Canadian Government is not known for taking the right decisions, so there is plenty of room for new conflicts in the new generations…
For the moment we live inside Utopia, but what if loggers cut the woods surrounding the kingdom? What if they bring technology, medicine and pollution with them? What if oil is discovered in the very neighbouring valleys? What if modern army is brought to subdue the wild men living like “savages” in the middle of nowhere? So, let us hear about a sequel, and soon!