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.
Alea: If you could bake only one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Christa: It would probably be the cream cake as, apparently, I make the best cream cakes in the world and Adrian would never forgive me if I gave them up.
Alea: Mmm. Now I want cake... :) When you were little, what was your favorite thing to do with your best friend, Adrian?
Christa: Actually, when I was really little, Adrian's younger sister, Lily, was my best friend. It was only after her death in the plague that Adrian and I bonded in our grief. We would explore the forest together - we even found a special meeting place alongside the creek. We've spent so many long hours there, just talking about anything and everything.
Alea: Wow! I'm so sorry about Lily! What is the weirdest present someone has given you?
Christa: Adrian's younger sister gave me a Zovordian knife, once and made me promise to tell no one that she did so. Not particularly out of place for her, but I never figured out why she did it.
Alea: That is an interesting gift :) What is your favorite food?
Alea: Is a surprise birthday party fun or your worst nightmare?
Christa: It's a luxury that I'll probably never get, given that my cream cakes are apparently the best in the village and you cannot celebrate anything without them.
Alea: A wizard and a group of dwarves want you to help them reclaim their dragon-infested mountain. (Yes, this is a Hobbit reference.) What do you do?
Christa: I would go to Adrian's father for advice, as he is Zovordian and the Zovordians have an ancient war with the dragons.
Alea: What is the most embarrassing baking mistake you've made?
Christa: One time I used sour milk for a cream cake - it didn't come out right at all and was a complete disaster.
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.