(From the publisher):
Reaching back into the historic past of that enviable country created by Austin Wright in Islandia
, Mark Saxton writes of the dangerous times when young Queen Alwina, threatened by revolts and assassination attempts at home, must also deal with an expected invasion by the Saracens and a crippling confrontation with her neighbor and ally, King Tor of Winder. The tale, based on an incident referred to by Wright in his unpublished history of Islandia, is narrated by a young naval captain, Hare, surely one of the most attractive protagonists in imaginative literature. It is he who must act as ambassador between Alwina and Tor, who fights at Tor's shoulder during a bloody sea battle, who saves Alwina's life and barely escapes with his own, who falls in love with Alwina's trusted companion Tenira, and who must in the end face down the assassin. This is a novel of intrigue, love and adventure about a headstrong queen and a king wary of her charms; but more than that about a place where the virtues of decency, resourcefulness, courage and caring are truly honored and actually practiced. To live there during the space of this novel is to refresh one's spirit in a world more to our liking.
Original title: The Two Kingdoms
Genre: Fiction→ Fantasy→ Secondary Worlds