A tale full of adventure and intrigue

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the naked queen

The Book

King Arthur, early in his reign, receives a stranger/visitor who brings him an amazing story of an amazing woman: The Naked Queen of Tabithia. After completing the bizarre ritual of First Night in the court of Ballizar–Tabithia’s king–Syrenya becomes the King’s Consort and Queen of Tabithia; but because her nation eschewed clothing as a matter of course, she is loathe to wear any garb at all. But on the third night of her lengthy stay at the castle, and only the second night of her marriage to Ballizar, Syrenya learns a terrible secret, one she must combat. It will take all her cunning, intelligence, resolve, and the span of a quarter century to rid Tabithia of this gargantuan foe.

An adventure tale by the man who witnessed her reign, Darien–who is the man next in line for Ballizar’s throne. But before he can rule, he must learn the secret behind Tabithia’s renowned Naked Queen, and thus his own destiny. This is purely for fun; an adventure tale of Arthurianesque stature that is a battle between the forces of Good and Evil. Under his adopted mother’s watchful eye–and blessed by her magical talents–Darien as crown prince battles court intrigue, kidnappers, and the dark forces of Evil during his seemingly charmed life. Written to be a hero’s tale, this book is to be read for the pure enjoyment of literary fiction, an adventure to be savored.

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Reviews

“A tale that delivers an eclectic mix of courtly affairs.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Destined to take its rightful place in the pantheon of Arthurian Legend!"

Front Row Center

"A most unusual, suspenseful and evocative page turner."

Claudio Oswald Niederwok, Author, Chef, Sailor, Poet

Excerpt

                    Arthur slammed his glass on the table in rage.
             “By God, thou art a villain, to speak to me thus. This creature ye call Ballizar is no man at all, but a monster! This passes all reason! Varlet, thy tone must change, or we’ll have ye thrown from the balustrade! “Tis evil ye bring within our walls, and we shall thrash thee for it!”                                                                                     “Wise king, thou speakest truly,” whispered the man, lowering his head. “I did tell thee that this was a tale that began most wickedly, but the worst has passed. The dark night of evil that was upon the reign of Ballizar was deep, but its passing did bring joy and peace to the kingdom, for it brought to our land Ballizar’s confessor, forgiver, and the gentle wisdom of the mysterious lady who was soon exalted. Tis this vile First Night that brought to Tabithia the Naked Queen.”

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About The Author

Alan R. Hall is a North Carolina columnist and theater critic who has plied his trade for over thirty years. He is also a published poet, essayist, short story author as well as a theater enthusiast. He is a graduate of Augusta State University of Georgia and studied oral interpretation for performance at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. The Naked Queen is his first full-length novel. When not reviewing theater, he is working on his second volume of work, Tabithian Tales.

With this book, Alan has culminated his lifelong love affair with books.  He began his  career as a bookseller, graduated to the level of librarian, working at first with the Law Library at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and then worked for the private sector as a Techinical Librarian. Did you know banks have libraries?
 
Alan is currently working on two manuscripts. The first is a continuation of The Naked Queen, titled Tabithian Tales.  The other is a Sherlock Holmes novel!

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