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Foreword

In this day and age in which conflict, within the family intra nations and international seems to be the norm, it is very interesting to see this young author who attempts to explore the known and unknown influences that may be relevant contributors.

The writer has identified three classes of conflict in the narrative and the ultimate consequences respectively. The easily understood conflicts are those between individuals, intra-nations and international. As illustrated, such conflicts more often than not end in fights and wars with death and destruction. In most cases, rivalry, greed and jealousy are the predisposing factors. But in personal internal conflict (spiritual conflicts) additional factors may be identified.

The author has tried to explore the influence of unseen forces (gods) commonly believed to have the power to do and undo. A quid pro quo situation must be expected because these 'gods' are not free agents who expect no reward for actions taken on behalf of their victims. In explaining the situation the writer touches on a few principles that apply even today, viz, egotism, false confidence, errors in judgement, tendency to rely on evil forces etc., which are well exemplified in the allegorical rendition. The lessons are obvious.

Patrick Amaefule, the author, has made a spirited and commendable attempt at holding his readers’ attention through his easy-going style of writing, if one gets used to the multiple strange names that add some eeriness to the play.

I recommended this book to the general reading public.

Professor Mba Uzoukwu

Pro-chancellor Federal University,

Ndufu Alaike, Ikwo,

Ebonyi State, Nigeria.

Introduction

This book is a reflective work of imagination from the mind, a work of art though it appears historical. It is a portrayal of rivalry, greed, jealousy and strong hate amongst people in the ancient kingdoms, the act of pursuing personal interest, powers and reputation that comes with it and conflict between light and darkness.

There is nothing in this book which can be looked upon as a possible replica of any historical collections; all characters are works of the author’s imagination, and there is no similarity to any scenery, persons living or dead.

With this in view, readers are urged to see this work as a book that should be read and acted on the stage of a theatre. To derive much pleasure from it, there is need to learn from the background of this work and visualize it.

As you read this book, you might come across words which probably are found objectionable as they may fall outside everyday modern English. In the light of this, any factual mistakes should be taken as author's responsibility. Therefore, I earnestly render my apology in advance for any such irregularities.

Meanwhile, this work is unveiled to reader’s opinion and would welcome reading public censure based on review.

About The Book

Rowan is a royal son, having come from the lineage of Zadok who is the King of Dorados. His plan is to reclaim what he supposedly thinks that should be his - the dynasty which was anonymously handed down to Zadok by his grandfather and the entire king's cabinet, at a time which Rowan's father Elias was still alive and was presumably waiting to be crowned the next king. But for the fact that Elias was a seaman and robbed people of their belongings, the anonymous decision did not favour him. One evening Rowan rides to meet with Hoban, a fearless seaman whose usual entry into the city causes a reel:

I had spent every day on idle and pleasant thoughts of how I regained control of my father’s heritage. I’m eager to recover what was lost; but I’m not sure if I can succeed in what I plan to do without your succour. -Act II Scene V

I have made up my mind to walk on all fours and put my foot in the royal castles. And I need you to turn the tables, to favour me. Hobark, you are the only man who can put me in that seat of power. -Act II Scene V

I have made up my mind to walk on all fours and put my foot in the royal castles. And I need you to turn the tables, to favour me. Hobark, you are the only man who can put me in that seat of power. -Act II Scene V

Every other person must have thought the same way as Rowan; thinking that Hoban who is regarded as a dangerous sea robber would quickly jump for the envious offer from Rowan to kill Zadok is a hoax.

But ironically not everything is as what it appears on the surface. Hoban is an example of that school of thought.

There are questions that Rowan must resolve. At the moment he thinks that Hoban, a dangerous sailor, is the only man that can help him in his plot to kill his uncle Zadok, the King of Dorados. Without proper investigation and background check of Hoban's true character, he takes his dangerous plot to Hoban who is widely regarded as prevalent in performing demon's act.

But by the time Rowan meets Hoban in his house, he is disappointed by Hoban who instead of accepting his attractive offer decides to advise him against taken such a regrettable step of trying to kill his uncle Zadok:

Rowan, I don’t need any meritorious reward: silver, gold or your money. I can’t bend over and join your league in this course.......Here is my advice to you: dare not embrace overhasty steps that are regretted afterwards. Venturing into such fatal plot is never an attempt to grab a spotlight.-Act II Scene V

There is one thing you most know; Happiness built overtime could quickly be lost as a flash of lightening. If you were a happy man, stay on it; to dismiss the day without a smile in the face is the worst thing that could happen to a man. -Act II Scene V

I know you wouldn’t wish to live the rest of your life with bitter memory and regret; they are a stubborn ghost that haunts forever. It’s like a prison that you cannot run away from. Do not appease a covetous mind. Try to go on like you never knew that your father was a king that Dorados never had. -Act II Scene V

Don't you think Rowan is greatly disappointed by a show of class from Hoban?

I have the ground of hope you did not forget that this is a man who is being talked of by everyone in Dorados kingdom as being a bad sailor who forcefully takes what belongs to others at the coastline?

Maxima is the princess of Gora kingdom, the daughter of a missing liege lord, Raghel. She is however a restless character that represents a confused and lovable person. She thinks quickly, makes passionate speeches, but she is not unruffled, and cannot be predicted. Her father has been kidnapped, and she does not know why. Bitterly aggrieved, she is intensively eager and more ready to search for her father. For she thinks if she fails to respond swiftly the daughters of noble men in her kingdom will continue to heap reproach upon her.

Should that be the reason why she, unlike herself, has decided to expand her area of self-confidence and discover her strength?

She wants to prove that she is not a cold princess, but one who, if she is to be given a chance to attain where her objectives are, will define herself, sell her soul to dangers, rescue her father and protect her own:

If fate will have me do this, I could sell my soul to danger and deliver you from your abductors.

Would she be able to rescue Lord Raghel from his captors? How does she intend to do that given that perhaps she is not courageous? Would she live up to the challenge as daughters of noble men consider her as a woman unable to handle difficult task, as vulnerable as she appears?

But contrary to people's judgement about her mettle, Maxima is very eager to pluck what she aims at, which is to revenge of her father’s enemies and protect her people. She is about to wake every sleeping giant of Gora Kingdom to take up arms and fight the acclaimed cause of his father's kidnap, which is Zadok. She does not seem to be really aware that she is possessed of power which could help rescue her father.

A sudden decision puts her into a search for Lord Raghel. But within hours of her adventure series of events make Maxima wonder if she is uncourageous as the daughters of noble men of Gora have said of her.

How would she refute this belief? This is one of unanswered the questions of their princess courage that has to be resolved with time.

Cyrus is the man pictured as passionate, gracious, bold, and has been chosen because of his godly nature; he is seen by the gods as the great opposition of Zoro, for his ambition contrasts distinctly with Zoro’s villainous acts.

In a situation where we have Cyrus whom Arizod, an old man, says the gods have chosen as the supernatural instrument that will defy the villainous acts of Zoro; who bestrides kingdoms and performs even more horrible deeds than the devil’s crime. Arizod proclaims Cyrus as a true reflection of the gods; and