4 of 5 stars.
Included in Chronology published by Curiosity Quills Press, this high fantasy short story offers an intriguing glimpse into the mind of a new king that also happens to be a new father. With his kingdom under threat and the smallest in the area, the new king contemplates history’s role in his position and the potential future his actions can evoke. Ancient history ties the conquest of kings to partnerships with dragons in this edge of the world. Though his advisers and wife him caution against making deals with his treasury’s dragon, the young king steers his own path knowing that if not him, then no person is in a position to risk it all for the sake of his family and kingdom.
James Wymore examines the king’s many levels of self-awareness from his privileged birth to his “mere human” insignificance in a wide world. The king feels at times immensely wealthy and then desperately poor, at times unconquerable and then ultimately vulnerable. The man comes to grips with his mortality, and yet does not run away to hide behind others. He leads, and weighs the decisions before him to reach the greatest good–at his own risk.
This story shows an intimate portrayal of a legend in the making. And it is highly recommended.
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