H&S - Relics and Gold
Dalmishian Ealdwine is the heir of the kingdom, Alyssa Ealdwine is a young and cheerful princess, Loran Abbey is a young squire from an impoverished noble house, Matthew is a common boy. Their lives entagle as they search for their way in the life, in a little medieval kingdom in southern France. Dalmishian has to learn how to become a nice ruler, contrary to his humble origins. Alyssa clashes against a society which wants her to just be a good wife. Loran fights to conquer his dream of becoming a knight. Matthew is in search of a way to help his family through rough times. At the same time, the king must face a rebellion from one of his most powerful vassals and keep his family safe.
Excerpt: /Seventeen years before, Ealdwine castle in Mountain Island. A kid is wandering around the castle with a small candle in his hand. He looks a bit scared and worried, he's all alone walking along some empty and dark corridors.He makes another step down the long stairway when a bigger light reaches him from behind. He turns around, dazzled and scared, creeping back against the wall. He screens his eyes to see better, there's a flaming torch in front of him.
"Where are you going, boy?" an armoured guard asks. The guard keeps his visor up and three lilies are engraved on his breastplate, the sigil of Ealdwine's royal house./
First book from Hearts&Spades series, made up by six books. Hearts&Spades tells the story of the four main characters above all. The story starts in 1283 and it involves the personal life and growth of each character, as they meet each other, build relationships, grow together, face love and death. There is history, wars, murders and mystery, since a legend says the royal family hides a relic from which it should take its power. As the story goes on, more entanglement grows between the families of the main characters and the characters bound to each other.
Highest Ranking #2 in MedievalFantasy
#197 in HistoricalFiction