The Kingdom: A Novel
Bryan M. Litfin
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Book Three in the Chiveis Trilogy
War and disease have destroyed the modern world. Centuries later, feudal societies have arisen across Europe. No one can remember the ancient religion of Christianity—until an army captain and a farmer’s daughter discover the Sacred Writing of the one true God.
As Teo and Ana encounter the forgotten words of the holy book, they realize its message is just what their kingdom needs. Though exiled from their homeland, they join their hearts in a quest to return. But now an ancient pact has united the enemies of the Christian faith into a dark alliance that threatens to consume the known world. Racing to stay one step ahead of their enemies, Teo and Ana must battle heinous villains, stormy seas, and the powers of the underworld itself. As armies begin to mass for a final battle, the odds favor the forces of evil. Can Teo and Ana bring divine truth to Chiveis—or will the Word of God fade from the earth forever?
mother would have frowned on that, but the salty seawater had made her thirsty, and she knew Teo wouldn’t mind her bad manners. Passing the jug to him, she found smoked tuna and pickled olives, along with a couple of dried pears. “What’s this place called?” Teo asked the fisherman after taking a drink from the jug. “It’s known as En Vau Calank. There are several of these narrow calanks along the coast here.” The old man smiled. “Well now, I guess I should leave you to your rest. Sleep late, you
to come live in the Kingdom of Ulmbartia.” “Teo, wait for me!” Though Ana tried to keep her voice low, she didn’t quite achieve her objective. “Shh! Quiet!” Teo reached down and clasped her arm. With a quick tug he hauled her up to the tree branch where he was seated. They sat side by side in the darkness, panting to recover their breath. “I haven’t climbed a tree since I was a little girl,” Ana whispered. Teo leaned close and spoke in her ear. “Looks like you’re out of practice.” “Maybe you
sailors. My master believes in a single God, but the druidim of his land started a rebellion. They pursued him and wounded him before he finally got away. Please—you must go! My master wants nothing more than to speak with you.” Glancing at Ana, Teo said, “I should probably check it out. Do you mind?” “Mind?” Ana shot him a sharp look. “I’m going with you!” Teo started to protest but quickly realized Ana wasn’t going to be dissuaded. She mounted the horse and grinned at Teo from the saddle,
god. Astrebril the Great has revealed this weapon to his queen.” The Iron Shield rose to his full, intimidating height. He pointed his finger at his lieutenant. “And I intend to make sure she gets it.” Teo had been on the river for a week. The routine was the same every day: the sun rose on the right and set on the left, the rowers pulled the oars, and the banks of the Rone River slipped by. At times the green monotony of the forest was broken by stunning fields of purple lavender, but the
expression. Unexpectedly she grabbed Ana’s hand and brought it to her lips to kiss it. “I’m so sorry,” she whispered. “It’s okay.” “Anastasia, listen to me! I want you to know you’re my best friend! You’ve given me so much. I love you like a sister—like my own flesh and blood.” “Oh, Vanita, me too!” “Thank you for taking this risk for me. For all of us.” Ana was too choked up to speak. She felt she was saying good-bye to Vanita forever . . . and perhaps she was. “Girls, gather ’round!”