For more than a hundred years, a bitter dispute over how the High King had been selected simmered in the dark halls of the royal family whose line had not been chosen. They held fast to their anger and bitterness through generations.
Finally one of their sons, Arkov of Garia, seized the throne through treachery and by force of arms, claiming it as rightfully his. But in his haste to see the king and queen slain, Arkov failed to confirm the death of the young prince, Reyer, who was spirited away to safety.
On a distant and mysterious island ruled by elves, where he was raised and trained by a trusted Captain of the slain High King, Reyer has now come of age. He has learned of his lineage—and those loyal to the bloodline of the true High King have rallied to his side.
And though the forces of his enemy are far superior, Reyer will gather an army and lead them against the Usurper—to gain back the crown and kingdom stolen from him and to restore Mithgar to its rightful rule.
From the Hardcover edition.
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After being vexed, harassed, threatened (not really, but, what the heck, it’s my note), and chivied by readers to write this particular tale, here ’tis: Stolen Crown, the story of the War of the Usurper. It is a tale that at its conclusion marks the end of the Third Era. (In the books that I have written, chronologically the story of Stolen Crown occurs between the tale told in Dragondoom and the one told in The Iron Tower.)
You know I am quite proud of this book, not only because of the story it tells, but the fact that each chapter begins with a map showing the area where that chapter takes place. I believe they give a sense of scope to the story. By the bye, in case you are wondering, these maps were all hand drawn by me as needed during the telling of the various tales of the Mithgar saga, and I have included them here (though a couple have been touched up a bit just for Stolen Crown). I think you’ll find them to your liking.
Regardless, I want to thank my readers for vexing, harassing, threatening, and chivying me to write this story.
I hope you find it worthy.
~Dennis L. McKiernan, January11, 2014