, M1 – The Black Key – CHARACTER CORNER

M1 – The Black Key 

Prince Josiah ben Eamonn

The rightful ruler of Alanthia, at fifteen, Prince Josiah flees the murderous wrath of his Uncle Korah and disappears into anonymity.

He treks halfway across the globe, to seek the help of the Iron King, but is captured and held prisoner for three years. When Josiah escapes, his kingdom is firmly in his Uncle Korah’s control. Young Josiah perceives his charismatic uncle will falter and embarks on a plan to be ready.

Under an assumed identity, he joins the army and distinguishes himself as a lethal warrior. In the aftermath of battle, an unexpected talent emerges, a gift of healing. After years in exile, the Iron King send a messenger. “It is time.”

Resurrected from the dead, the enigmatic Prince arrives in the Golden City, sending shock waves through the Ten Kingdoms. Bargaining for the Iron King’s support,  he gives Josiah a task. Find Davianna ben David and bring her and the Black Key to safety.

The quest and the brown-eyed girl are more than Prince Josiah ben Eamonn bargained for.

Prince Peter ben Korah

To the world, he is Prince d’Or, the golden boy of Alanthia, a shallow playboy, the darling of the kingdom. The presumed heir to the throne, he lives a fairytale life on the world’s stage. In the marble halls of the palace, real life is a horror story.

To survive his maniacal father, King Korah, Peter plays a role, adopting the character Prince d’Or. Feckless and charming, he presents no overt threat to the throne, but it is a farce. He pretends to be harmless; he is not.

Behind emerald eyes and a legendary smile lurks a dangerous man. In the shadows, Prince Peter leads a covert group intent on restoring Prince Josiah to power. After a lifetime of planning, an unexpected complication arises that threatens to derail everything; they have found the Black Key.

On a grainy video, one of the girls hiding the Black Key looks out from the tape with face of an angel, a long dead beloved ghost. Haunted by the sure knowledge that unless he finds her first, she too will fall by the murderous hand of his father. Peter faces a choice, disappear and leave the kingdom to its fate, or intervene, risking everything.

 Davianna ben David

Abandoned by her mother, young Davianna ben David is in dire circumstances. Alone, with no money or protection, she has no idea how she will survive. But when Davianna meets Astrid ben Agnor, everything changes.

They cling together, like two drowning girls caught in a hurricane, and create a bubble of safety and laughter. Let the world be damned; there is a friend.

When a mysterious man entrust an ancient artifact to Davianna’s care, she shows it to Astrid. They agree to guard the secret with their lives, but they are curious about the wonders of the Last Age and inadvertently activate the Black Key.

Force to flee for her life and pursed by the most nefarious bounty hunters on the planet, she uses her talents to evade them all.  Doning clever disguises and plotting circuitous routes, she and Astrid escape all who seek her and the Black Key.

However, there is one hunter she does not fear, whose dark visage intrigues her, but is he her destiny or her doom? Davianna ben David must find the courage to discover which.

Above all, she must protect the Black Key. The future of Millennial Earth rests in the left pocket of a lone frightened girl.

Astrid ben Agnor

Spitfire Astrid ben Agnor is nobody’s fool. Feisty, outspoken, and stubborn, she never backs down from a fight. Streetwise and smart, she trusts no one, and sees in Davianna a friend who needs her protection.

Stranded in a desolate camp, on a pilgrimage she never wanted to undertake, she dreams of reuniting with her father. Davianna fills a space, empty since her daddy disappeared. Astrid vows that nothing, or no one, will separate them.

But being on the run puts her vow to the ultimate test. Does she risk everything to stay by her friend’s side, or does she escape to safety, find her father, leaving Davianna to face a worldwide pursuit on her own?

However, more than evil men chase them, which begs the question, has Astrid ben Agnor finally picked a fight she cannot win?