The kings and queens of the Farther Isles have gathered at the castle of High King Rohar, as they do every year on the Summer Solstice, to pledge their loyalty. But before the ceremony is over, the Giant Clobber from the Isle of the South Wind storms into the Great Hall, steals the High King‘s crystal left eye right out of its socket, then disappears into the night.
The High King offers to reward anyone who will slay the Giant and bring back the crystal eye. The reward: half of Rohar‘s kingdom and the hand of his daughter, Llanaa, in marriage. The only one to stand up to the challenge is Prince Frogge, a twelve-year-old boy from the Isle of Fens.
Frogge finds a partner, Rodney Trapper, the goatherd‘s son—tall, strong, and seventeen—and together the lads set out on their quest: to sail to the Isle of South Wind and do battle with the Giant Clobber in the Meadow of Mayhem. It‘s a fight no one believes they can win. Their adventures take a full year, during which they travel from Isle to Farther Isle, in a boat that sails itself, guided mysteriously by the Stars.
The King's Eye is a story romantic and magical, full of love and death, heroes and scoundrels, bravery and cowardice, danger and high hopes. This tale will delight anyone old enough to read and young enough to believe that a goatherd's son could win the heart of a princess.
John M. Daniel is the author of more than a dozen published books, including five mystery novels, two of which, The Poet's Funeral and Hooperman, received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly. He has also worked as a bookseller, a free-lance editor, and a teacher of creative writing. He and his wife, Susan, live in Humboldt County, California, where they are small-press book publishers.
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