Author: Anna L. Walls
Reviewer: Dannye Williamsen
When the moon was hit by an asteroid, the devastation that followed was catastrophic, not only to the very formation of the Earth but to its population. Billions were killed. Continents were reformed. Governments toppled. Nuclear waste spilled onto the land. Life eventually began again, but its society receded to a much earlier time.
King by Right of Blood and Might is at once a futuristic tale and a leap backwards into the political and social mores of medieval times—not necessarily the typical stage on which to play out a futuristic narrative, but Anna Walls carries it off with aplomb.
Prince Harris O’Aidyn, the central character, is a teenager thrust into the position of having to not only claim his crown but also regain his kingdom from those who had enslaved it. It is an evolutional journey. He must convince all the groups of people in his kingdom of Pennland as well as the kingdom of Carolinas to work together against the evil specter called Kain.
This may sound like an easy task, but the mutational effects of the nuclear waste over time brought out paranormal abilities in some, effectively segregating them and causing them to eventually become part of the fabric of fairy tales. Consequently, Prince Harris must break down both mental and physical walls separating the people. In his effort to accomplish this, he finds himself on a spiritual journey that proves essential to accomplishing the goals he has for his people.
This is a tale of determination, overcoming, and triumph, both physical and spiritual. Walls’ adeptness at weaving together the elements in this story from the medieval patterns of their society to the paranormal to the spiritual evolution of Prince Harris takes the reader on a delightful ride.