Queen of Jersiajersianew
by John G. Shaw
ISBN: 1-4134-6654-0 (Trade Paperback)
ISBN: 1-4134-6655-9 (Hardback)
Pages: 360
Pub. Date: October 2004
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

Rupert Hastings is a ruthless king! His greed and over expansion has virtually crumbled the kingdom of Jersia. It’s a mockery of the former flourishing kingdom established by King Henry Worthington. Alicia Worthington Hastings, the beautiful queen and true heir to the throne has no authority and is submissive to her abusive husband. Her dream is to be free of Rupert and see Jersia thriving again.

Sir Garrett Covington, Jersia’s most decorated knight, returns from the northern campaign with news of another glorious victory. Among the booty is the castle of the northern land. Garrett is ordered back to take full possession of the northern fortress. Six year old Princess Devon, who idolizes Sir Garrett, sneaks aboard one of the wagons of his caravan as he returns to the new conquered region. Once the princess is found missing and determined to be in the knight’s caravan, Alicia sets out with her chambermaid, Gwen, to bring her back. She is not concerned about the dangers or the treacherous journey they will encounter. Alicia is a mother driven to bring back her daughter at all cost.

There are more dangers than the rugged terrain. Rupert is determined that Garrett will not make it back to the northern region. He is not blind to the way his wife looks at the handsome knight and suspects more than just passing glances. His henchmen will see to it that the journey runs a fowl. But the dangers continue to grow for both Garrett and Alicia as their travels take them to Dragon Peaks, a haven for the kingdom’s most dangerous beasts of all. Alicia must get back her daughter and in doing so she will be forced to confront the secrets of her past she had intentionally kept from both Rupert and Garrett, the only man she ever truly loved.

The font style is the one big problem in this book. However, if the reader can get past the italic font, this is a fast paced story with a lot of action. Though the reason why Rupert is king of Jersia is never really explained, one quickly gets the picture he is the villain to be dealt with seriously. Alicia and Gwen’s relationship borders on too friendly for servant and royalty and dialogue is more modern day then medieval. Some of the action is predictable. When the dragons show up we are suddenly thrown into things without being fore warned. All in all this is a good book. Perhaps in later editions the italic font will be dealt with, hopefully. – Mark Randell