As second son of the King of Levathia, seventeen-year-old Valerian desires the quiet life of a scholarly monk. But when he fails to save his older brother in battle, Valerian must instead become crown prince.
While a traitorous knight schemes against him, Valerian meets Mercy, a pacifist Healer with whom he can speak mind-to-mind like the great dragons. Their bond emboldens Valerian to seek out the legendary dragons and ask for their help against the monsters who killed his brother.
Can Valerian survive the traitor’s assassins long enough to find the dragons? And if he does, can he convince them to lay aside their hatred of humans and help him save the land from destruction?
Prince Valerian has it in his heart to become a scholarly monk, living in the shadows of his older brother, Waryn, Levathia’s beloved prince. But when his brother is killed by the mysterious Mohorovia Horde, Valerian finds himself heir to the crown. How can a peaceful man rule a kingdom in the midst of history’s greatest war?
Upon the death of his brother, seventeen-year-old Valerian acquires the ability to See a person’s thoughts. It is sometimes heartbreaking to experience the unspoken words meant for him, including those of his father and his brother’s best friend/best knight, Sir Caelis. Just as the reader begins to settle into life at “the Keep” with Valerian, we are introduced to fourteen-year-old Mercy and her village of peaceful people. The Brethren, as they are known, feels a higher obligation to the God of Peace, which forbids them taking up arms against any living creature. Mercy’s gift of healing, and of being a seer herself, is inspirational! But with each believing their way is right, a clash between “the Keep” and the Brethren changes life, as they know it, for everyone. “Peace is a noble goal, but when war comes upon Levathia, pacifists are the first to suffer.”
But the true battle is not between “the Keep” and the Brethren … Bring in the Horde, Mohorovia’s lizard-like creatures who swarm in masses, add swords and battle-axes, and dragons both big and small, and this fantasy world swells to epic levels!
At the true heart of the story is an irresistible romance that buds, blooms, and bursts forth like a rose in springtime. And it is just as sweet.
The vivid descriptions and immense character development in this wonderful YA Fantasy is beautifully breath taking. Everything from the depictions of villages and festivals, to Valerian’s princely bedchambers, to the clothing, food, and medicinals came from a highly skilled writer’s hand. The details of this wonderful story keep me enthralled page after page. This is one of the best stories I have had the pleasure of reading in a long time.
If you like epic tales from the days of old, and you enjoy love stories unlike any other you might have read, and think you might want a burrowing dragon (or a giant one) thrown in here and there, this is most assuredly the story for you!