Kendra E. Ardnek’s new book, The Worth of a King, releases on August 27! Today I have the honor of revealing her gorgeous cover (as well as interviewing her and sharing a unique excerpt from the book!) for this latest installment in her Rizkaland collection. While this isn’t strictly part of the Rizkaland series, The Worth of a King provides intriguing backstory for some important Rizkaland characters, as well as introducing the reader to new characters and plots and adventure.
I’m particularly excited to be a part of this cover reveal, and I’m thrilled at how gorgeous the cover is! If I was moderately interested in the story before, I now want to pick up the book immediately.
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.
Click here to read the Opening Chapter!
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. Find her online at:
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And Here It Is!
I love the blue and gold color scheme, the gorgeous font, the crown, the variety of textured elements – everything. It’s simple yet elegant – and perfect.
Obsidia fought a blush as she picked up the top book from the stack. “The Life of Queen Katina,” she read, and a grin pulled at her lips. “Oh, Del, you know me too well.”
“Queen Katina’s situation was not unlike your own,” Delaney remarked, taking the next book from the stack and sitting down in the chair opposite her. “She was also the daughter of an assassinated king and chose to marry the son of the man who’d killed her father. She later ruled as regent for her son after her husband’s death.”
“It is often speculated that she poisoned him,” Obsidia mentioned, as she opened her book.
“Indeed, you’ve mentioned that fact before,” said Delaney, cracking open his book, a massive tome of law that made Obsidia shudder. He glanced up with a raised eyebrow. “Is this a subtle hint that I should worry for my own life?”
She shook her head, smiling playfully. “If I killed you, who would handle the politics? I’m in charge of history, you have law. Remember?”
Delaney gave a laugh. “Ah, good. I can now sleep easy at night knowing that I am so essential to you.”
Interview With Kendra
Q: Peanut butter or jelly?
K: Jelly. Peanut butter gets stuck in my throat and it’s painful.
Q: Blue or green?
K: Blue, but only by slightly. And certain greens outrank certain blues.
Q: What’s one Biblical concept or message you think should be talked about more among believers?
K: Apologetics for the book of Genesis, especially the first ten chapters. Too many people try to cram in a million years, and they just don’t belong there.
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Obsidia and Adrian’s father went WAY too long without a name. Jack and I finally talked it out on this post and decided to make him a reference to Elsie Dinsmore. Because I can and will reference Elsie Dinsmore whenever I have the opportunity. ~ Kendra E. Ardnek