The Riven Kingdom
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The King of Ethrea is dying and his only surviving heir is the Princess Rhian, but if her enemies have their way, the kingdom will not be ruled by a Queen. Ethrea, a small island of strategic importance, is known for its ability to keep the secrets of its business partners. Now civil war threatens as men of ambition eye the empty throne, and the other nations are getting nervous.
India, 1920. Captain Wyndham and Sergeant Banerjee of the Calcutta Police Force investigate the dramatic assassination of a Maharajah's son. The fabulously wealthy kingdom of Sambalpore is home to tigers, elephants, diamond mines and the beautiful Palace of the Sun. But when the heir to the throne is assassinated in the presence of Captain Sam Wyndham and Sergeant 'Surrender-Not' Banerjee, they discover a kingdom riven with suppressed conflict.
Lynx is a mercenary with a sense of honour; a dying breed in the Riven Kingdom. Failed by the nation he served and weary of the skirmishes that plague the continent's principalities, he walks the land in search of purpose. He wants for little so bodyguard work keeps his belly full and his mage-gun loaded. It might never bring a man fame or wealth, but he's not forced to rely on others or kill without cause.
Excerpt from Mind's Silent Partner, the High Counselor Within If thou could'st see with thine eyes, 0 Man, if thou could st hear with thine ears Truth as She is in very truth, and not as to sense appears, Could'st sever the Substance from the sign, and learn to perceive and know She is not throned in the heavens above, nor housed in the earth below Could'st thou with thine own hearts key unlock the Kingdom that is Within, There face to face with thy Maker stand, and fear no shadow of sin, But see thyself as indeed thou art - for all that He hath is thine - Very breath of His very breath, body and soul divine; Then every thought were a waft of wings uplifting from death to Life, With infinite beauty, endless rapture, uttermost glory rife, And 'een on the barren crag thou'ldst cry, or in hut with roof-tree riven, "This is none other than the House of God, and this is the Gate of Heaven.
Europe in 1618 was riven between Protestants and Catholics, Bourbon and Hapsburg-as well as empires, kingdoms, and countless principalities. After angry Protestants tossed three representatives of the Holy Roman Empire out the window of the royal castle in Prague, world war spread from Bohemia with relentless abandon, drawing powers from Spain to Sweden into a nightmarish world of famine, disease, and seemingly unstoppable destruction.
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Ethrea is an island in the center of the most important shipping route in the world. For four hundred years, it has been a land of peace and impregnable security, a perfect trading hub and keeper of secrets. The King of Ethrea is dying. His only surviving heir is the princess Rhian. But if her enemies have their way, Ethrea will not be ruled by a woman.
[( By Miller, Karen ( Author )The Riven Kingdom (CD) (Godspeaker Trilogy (Audio)) Compact Disc Dec- 01-2009 )]