It’s a boy! No that’s not right. It’s a girl! No, let’s try one my time. It’s a book! With twins.
The Worth of a King is the latest book by Kendra E. Ardnek. Not the one I’m most looking forward to, but one I’ve been excited about for a while. In a couple of days I’ll have a review of it for you, but today I have the honour of sharing an interview with one of the main characters. I let Charlotte do the interview which may or may not have been a good idea. Kendra and I were both tired, so we weren’t in the best state for an interview. (And given that I’m 19hours ahead of Kendra, it was much earlier in the day for me and I really shouldn’t have been tired.) Still, Obsidia was delightful and we have an interview. But first about the book.
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.
Read the first chapter here.
And now the interview. Enjoy.
Charlotte Iverson, special interest reporter: “Please welcome Princess Obsidia and Kendra E. Ardnek today. Obsidia, hi. Thank you for this interview. We are very glad to have you. Will Kendra be along?
Obsidia: Kendra… Kendra says that kendra.exe just crashed.
Charlotte: We’ll just have to carry on without Kendra. Could you tell us a little about yourself?”
Obsidia: “I’m a princess of Dialcia. My father King Edson was killed the night I was born, and was replaced by King Ossian who killed him.
Charlotte: How was life growing in in a palace as a princess?
Kendra: Um…. um… um..
Charlotte: Sorry, I can ask a different question if you’d rather not answer that. It is a pretty major part of your life, that’s all.
Obsidia: “It is the only life I’ve known. I really do not know where to begin.”
Charlotte: “Let me narrow it down then. What is something about your childhood that might surprise others?
“Perhaps the fact that I’m such good friends with the children of the man who killed my father? I know that many people have been surprised at this.”
“That is something that could be hard to understand. I was actually expecting an answer more along the lines of things in you daily life, or odd customs, but i suppose you wouldn’t really know what would be odd to us.”
“Do you have official duties as a princess, though you are not an heir?”
“I have to attend events and maintain my public image, but I’m usually left to my own business which is generally reading.”
“Public images can be tricky things, but are rather important. I’ve heard you enjoy history.”
“Oh, I do. Knowing history means that you’re less likely to repeat it.”
“Very true. Would you mind telling us a little about one of your favourite bits of history?”
“I’ve always had a fascination for the princesses who found themselves in my situation – living with a king who took the crown from her father by force. I think, of them, Queen Katina is the one that interests me the most, as she is one of the ones who married the son of the new king and then, when he died when their son was not even a year old, she ruled as regent. There is speculation that she poisoned him, but no one could prove it.”
“That is fascinating. It remind me of one of two stories from my own world’s history.
Now I like to keep interviews from being too heavy by throwing in a random question. If you could become an animal, what animal would you pick, and why?”
“A trota. They can fly, but they also make themselves nice holes for them to hide in, and I like hiding in holes.”
“I would probably want to hide too if I was a princess. It’s not an easy life from all I’ve heard. It was lovely talking to you Obsidia, but I’m afraid we will have to finish up now. The connection seems to be breaking down.”
Charlotte: I’m very sorry everyone, but I seem to have lost contact with Princess Obsidia. I do hope no one is trying to kill her. I’ve heard that’s happened a few times, the poor dear girl. It is hard being a princess, especially one in her position. I hope you enjoyed hearing from her. This is Charlotte Iverson, special reporter for Reality Reflected signing out.
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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Kendra is giving away a paperback copy of the book and a 15ml bottle of Peppermint oil (US only), so go visit her blog! She also has a special prize for whoever leaves the most comments across the blog tour – and that one is international. So go and comment.