Following the return of Princess Elysant after her foiled plans to elope with a young sailor, a message from the Duke of Wessex, her betrothed, called for her presence at an important meeting… a meeting that was to decide the relationship between the kingdoms of Scillei and Wessex. With Elysant’s father being the king of Scillei, they knew there was no choice—Elysant had to go.
For this sea voyage, the King appointed his Navy Captain, Barwick, to guard his daughter along the way. For protection, Barwick attempted to strike a deal for faerie magic, but was turned down. Instead, Barwick learned of a deep secret regarding himself… he learned that he is half druid.
In the land of Scillei, where the use of magic is outlawed, Barwick is faced with a difficult decision. He can either choose to stay human and continue living comfortably, or he can permanently awaken his magical abilities to protect the princess, which will ultimately turn him into an outcast.
The days of childhood flash through his mind and he remembers how the sunshine would flow around and within the strands of her hair. Then later, his breaking heart—now a bleeding, but still beating heart.
“Ellie,” he thought to himself. It was a painful unrequited love, a difficult decision, and an inevitable sacrifice.
The children sat enraptured as the story unfolded. As it turns out, this story is not as make-believe as they thought. In fact, this story and the children share a deep connection…
About the Author
A 1992 graduate of Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Beth Durkee is the mother of two and a former U. S. military wife. Although her preferred genre has long been fantasy, her 2009 breakout novella was a Christian tragic. Entitled The Disposable Noble Wife, this first writing is an edgy and emotional work that addresses the emotional and spiritual ravages of marital infidelity and abandonment. It was awarded a Reader’s Favorite award for its emotional content and is followed by two more books on the same topic. Now working primarily in Fantasy, Beth Durkee’s writing has a much lighter feeling, but her vivid words continue to enthrall readers. [Beth Durkee was not born. She was found stuck to the inside of a gum wrapper. When her parents tried to remove her from the gum wrapper, it refused to let go because she was just that sweet. It was not until she entered puberty that it finally released its hold on the bottom of her foot and reluctantly agreed to reside quietly in a handbag, with the mutually agreed provision that she carry the handbag with her wherever she went. That same gum wrapper can be found lingering in her purse to this very day.]