The Lokana Chronicles
When Vegin’s parents are murdered, he assumes his new role as King of Lokana. With his beloved wife, Lipei, at his side, he fights to rid the kingdom of corruption and lead their people through the worst famine in Lokana’s history. Just as they begin to make progress, a threat from Balil, the High Priest, forces Lipei to flee with her daughter in tow.
Left to rule Lokana alone, a devastated Vegin finds himself in a power struggle with Balil. Locked in a bitter feud, tensions grow steadily worse over the years. When Vegin’s daughter, Anná, suddenly reappears fifteen years later, the situation explodes. Caught up in a war she doesn’t understand, she must defeat Balil if she is to help her father save their kingdom.
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Filthy peasants. Can’t even get an honest day’s work out of them without them clamoring for lower taxes or more wages! Tol closed his eyes in irritation. “I’ve heard enough – if you can’t pay your taxes, then you’ll simply have to work off your debt. Guards, take him away!”
“Father, I have this under control,” Vegin growled under his breath. “You’re only supposed to observe, remember?”
“But your Highness, please!” the old farmer protested. “My family – without me, they’ll starve!”
Tol stared at his son, disbelief etched on his face. The nerve! What does he think this is, an almshouse? “I’ll deal with you in a moment,” he said, glaring daggers at Vegin, who rose from his seat and stormed out of the room. “As for you,” he bellowed, returning his attention to the old farmer, “you should’ve thought of your family before you decided not to pay your taxes.”