Keeper of Reign
YA / Fantasy
Books written in blood. Most are lost, their Keepers with them. A curse that befell a people. A Kingdom with no King. Life couldn’t get more harrowing for the Elfies, a blend of Elves and Fairies. Or for sixteen-year-old Jules Blaze. Or could it?
For Jules, the heir of a Keeper, no less, suspects his family hides a forgotten secret. It was bad enough that his people, the Elfies of Reign, triggered a curse which reduced the entire inhabitants to a mere inch centuries ago. All because of one Keeper who failed his purpose. Even the King’s Ancient Books, did not help ward off that anathema.
Now, Gehzurolle, the evil lord, and his armies of Scorpents, seem bent on destroying Jules and his family. Why? Gehzurolle’s agents hunt for Jules as he journeys into enemy land to find the truth. Truth that could save him and his family, and possibly even reverse the age-long curse. Provided Jules doesn't get himself killed first.
Ten things we ought to know about Keepers & the books they protect.
1. The Keepers were supposed to study the books and come together to share with one another and disseminate the information to the Elfies so they could be empowered together as a nation, but instead, because of fear they kept away from one another, and tried to keep their "keeperhood" a secret.
2. The Ancient books are indestructible and it's contents can grow, int hat the more it is read the more it will divulge by way of knowledge and wisdom, so no one ever finishes reading the Book, so to speak, because just when you think you've finished the last page, you will find , if you turn back to the beginning , that more has been supernaturally added.
3. Because it was written in blood, Gehzurolle cannot read some portions of the Books which was why he had to kidnap the Keepers and couldn't just kill them. He still needed them to "help" him read the Books.
4. Scorpents cannot touch the Books or they will be burnt--another reason why they have to hire Handover Elves and traitor Elfies to help them find the Books.
5. A Keeper cannot leave Reign without his/her Book, which was one of the reasons Flamethrower died when he visited his brother Falstaff in Handover. Sure, Flamethrower fell from the cliff into the waterfall, but he opened himself to this fate when he left Reign without his protection, his Book, which he'd kept hidden, for fear that others might steal it from him. This is also the reason why Falstaff, in the tussle, even though he also fell, survived, even though he lost the King's Gift--because Falstaff had the Book with him.
6.When the curse fell upon the Elfies, and hence also the Handoverans (which was a major reason why the Handoverans hated the Elfies) and Gehzurolle and his agents, everything else in the Kingdom--the fauna and flora--remained of the same size. Their past homes and other items also remained the same. The only that changed with the Elfies were the Books which also reduced in size. Again due to magical properties of the Books.
7. The Ancient Books hold the necessary maps needed to get anywhere from any place, but the pieces have to be fitted together like a jigsaw puzzle, and the five Books have to work together in synergy. The King did this to ensure the keepers worked together, but even this didn't help them, due to their own fears.
8. Once the Keepers have learnt enough of the Ancient Books the pages will release/unlock the maps of the chartered skies which will help the Elfies seek their King who went back to the King Star He came from .
9, Certain phrases in the Ancient Books contain supernatural powers, but the Keepers have to seek this out and these will help them in their ultimate quest--reverse the curse and restore their Kingdom to its former glory.
10. When the Keepers were first chosen by the King, they all came from one family--Eleazer's children, --and hence the story will end when all five Ancient Books return to one family of Keepers as well.
Author Emma Right
Emma Right is a happy wife and homeschool mother of five living in the Pacific West Coast of the USA. Besides running a busy home, and looking after their five pets, which includes two cats, two bunnies and a Long-haired dachshund, she also writes stories for her children. She loves the Lord and His Word deeply, and when she doesn't have her nose in a book, she is telling her kids to get theirs in one.
Right worked as a copywriter for two major advertising agencies and won several awards, including the prestigious Clio Award for her ads, before she settled down to have children.
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