“Two Queens reminds one of why adventure appeals.”
“When I sat down to read it, I was caught up in this story.”
“This book could be be enjoyed by ages 10 through 80, anybody who likes adventures, anybody who likes quests.”
“Very quick, fast read.”
“A really fun read.”
These are just a few of the comments I’ve received since publishing my book, Two Queens. I would tell you all about it, but why not let my readers do it for you?
“If you’re looking for a world that’s rich in ways that a lot of fantasy books aren’t—a world that’s built in detail so that you know that there are other people have been living here, politics, character development—then you should definitely check out this book.”
“There’s this depth in these characters that Astra didn’t do everything the way it should have been done from a just standard. So the individual components are more human but still the noble characters have an elevated humanity.”
But what is story about? “Two Queens opens a young man’s quest for home and identity, issues every teen can relate to.” The protagonist Brian hears things about his mother Ramona. It was explained to me this way:
The gossip is about where she gets this power from. Is she a witch? Is she demon-possessed? Is she actually a good woman? She also looks different from the other people of the town, so she has this aura of mystery and mystique and foreignness to her.
He’s worried about his mother’s character, and that’s really telling in the story. He wanted to ask her about it but he’s scared of the truth. He wants to have a sensitivity to her and his father’s past but he also wants to know what is true and what is real and what he should believe. (emphasis mine)
Now, I know it’s a risk to try a new author, even a new story. So much goes into reading one—your time, your attention, the labors of your imagination, your sympathies with the characters and tracing together the plots—that I wanted to make it easy for you.
“Incredible job. You would never be able to tell that it was the author’s first book.”
“The book is very clear. The style of the author’s language is very accessible to the modern reader.”
“The vivid imagery and a surprisingly refreshing vocabulary draws one into the pages.”
A word of warning: this is no knee-gripping, edge-of-your-seats thriller… at least not from the first page. Most of my readers took a few chapters to get into it.
“The story starts out slowly, but picks up towards the middle and end of the book.”
“The story kind of moves slowly at first because it’s setting up who the people are and what the culture of this land is.”
“Once you get into the book, each chapter led into the next very well.”
I asked one of these readers what she thought of this first section on her second time through. Was it boring, or should any part of it be cut? She told me NO.
One of my readers completely disagreed. “All your friends are wrong,” I remember him saying. “It’s great to start with. You should even go slower and delve into the characters more. Then a third of the way into the book you go off really really fast.”
But enough about the writing. What makes this book special? At the end of it all, fantasy fiction is all about the world that it alone lets you enter.
Front-and-center is a kardja, similar to a llama but bigger. “The creation of a unique animal, kardja, adds to the appeal.” And you’ll find out all about them.
“You don’t only tell us what kardja are, you tell us what they’re good for, why they’re the mainstay of this town, and it’s not just because they sound amazing.”
This same reader continues. “There’s stuff going on here besides the story, people living lives besides the characters. Texture and good backdrop.”
Another reader chimes in. “The Unicorn, and the Ring, and the other Rings, and the Rooms and all these incredible creations the author came up with. Wow, we were introduced to them and they were so amazing and I want to see more!”
And you will see more. Two Queens is only the beginning of the Seven Heavens series.
“The end of the book leaves you looking forward to the next installment.” Never fear, there is no cliffhanger. “There was good closure at the end.”
So what is this book about? You’ve seen from my readers that it is a well-written novel, a well-built fantasy world, and a powerful storyline that you can’t wait to discover. But if I could only leave you with one thing, it would be this, as it was put by my first reader:
The two Queens that are shown have such different lives and such different ranks. This essence of queenship can extend to any rank, any social standing, any demographic.
You see how Queen Sophia uses wisdom, diplomacy, but there’s a sense of justice and what is right and what is wrong…. She is the Ruling Queen of Avallonë from the Avgerini family, a matriarchal family.
Her cousin Astra was never in line for the throne. But she inherited the giftings of the Avgerini. And she shows queenliness in a deeper sense than just having a crown on her head and people to rule… outcast from her own people, living in a foreign country, others who don’t understand her, don’t trust her.
I think these principles can be extended to women in our day and that’s where the power is—it’s regardless of the social standing of this woman. It’s the attitude and maturity and discernment.
And that’s Two Queens, the story of a simple herder who had the privilege of knowing two amazing queens and how his life could never be the same again. Your life will also be blessed by this story.
Once you meet Sophia and Astra, you will never forget. I guarantee it. Click here for your unlimited access ticket to the story and power and beauty of the City of Avallonë.
If you gave your best efforts to joining the story and are not 100% completely satisfied with this book, please return it with my apologies. I don’t know how Amazon’s return policy works because no one has asked me this yet, but if it’s not good enough for you, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will make it right.
If you live near Seattle you can reserve your copy at the library, too.