The Kingdom of What Is

The Kingdom of What Is

by Karl Petersen

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Overview

Thirteen-year-old Kate is without her dad, lonely and depressed. Her family is broken and her world has lost its color and energy. One day, she is drawn by a crow into a land of uncommon beauty and love.

But Kate soon discovers this new land is under siege by the rebel Grod Vurmis, who is causing freak storms and environmental disasters. Vurmis is turning the inhabitants into shadows, looting the kingdom libraries, and changing the stories so the people will no longer remember who they are.

Kate's curiosity and courage lead her and three friends on a perilous quest to save the Kingdom of What Is. Traversing rivers, seas, and countryside, while avoiding the deceptions of Dreglings, they finally discover the royal palace in shambles. They join the paltry army of Prince Servan and go up against Grod Vurmis without weapons. Their quest comes to an unexpected and shocking end at the Great Gorge.

""The Kingdom of What Is takes you on a colorful journey of fantasy and adventure. It's a compelling, readable book, and Petersen's writing reminds me of Madeleine L'Engle. It will hook young readers, and will enthrall older readers too.""
--Peter W. Klein, Emmy-Award winning filmmaker, Executive Director of Global Reporting Centre, Professor, University of British Columbia School of Journalism

Karl Petersen grew up in western Washington. He pursued studies in environmental biology, theology, TESL, and creative writing. These passions have come together in The Kingdom of What Is. He has also published two collections of poetry. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Vancouver, Canada, where he teaches English at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781532618079
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 07/07/2017
Pages: 186
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Karl Petersen grew up in western Washington. He pursued studies in environmental biology, theology, TESL, and creative writing. These passions have come together in The Kingdom of What Is. He has also published two collections of poetry. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Vancouver, Canada, where he teaches English at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 A Passage 1

Chapter 2 Wild Goose Chase 9

Chapter 3 No Help 17

Chapter 4 Out of Time 26

Chapter 5 Miner's Gulch 33

Chapter 6 White Noise 41

Chapter 7 Corvus 48

Chapter 8 Shadows 56

Chapter 9 The Ancients 63

Chapter 10 Storms, Stars, and Stories 72

Chapter 11 Unexpected Company 81

Chapter 12 To the Sea 88

Chapter 13 Gulls Landing 95

Chapter 14 Up the River Royal 102

Chapter 15 A Royal Greeting 110

Chapter 16 A Crackling Sound 117

Chapter 17 On a Mission 123

Chapter 18 Downfield 130

Chapter 19 An Elite Task Force 138

Chapter 20 The Caves 145

Chapter 21 The Final Assault 152

Chapter 22 On the Way Home 161

Chapter 23 Lights in the Sky 169

Acknowledgments 175

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