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At the dawn of the Renaissance, Alfred comes of age in the enlightened court of his grandfather, sure that his life will be unremarkable. His grandfather, however, foresees for him a special destiny. Taken captive while on a mission for the king, Alfred is held for ransom and taken ever farther away from his home. With his prospects dwindling, he must find a way to survive if he is ever to fulfill that mysterious destiny.
It was inevitable that the new king would be very different from his father. What no one could foresee was where his penchant for action would lead. It was equally inevitable that Alfred’s brother would do something outrageous. What no one would have predicted is just how far he would exceed the bounds of royal decorum. And Ralf is still out there, knowing that his plan for Alfred’s death has failed and that vengeance for his father has yet to be achieved.
The unthinkable has happened: Alfred’s brother is king. And it isn’t long before everyone’s worst fears are realized. These will be the most dangerous years of Alfred’s life, forcing him to re-examine his duty to personal honor and to the kingdom, while the threats posed by his brother constantly remind him of his father’s final words of advice. What choices will he have to make to try to protect the things he holds most dear?
Coming to his senses in a place he’s never seen before, Alfred discovers he has survived the deadly sickness and has, quite by accident, found his family. But he’s a traitor to the Crown for desertion on the field of battle, so he and his family must live in complete seclusion, lest the king’s spies discover their whereabouts. When horsemen are spotted in the forest one wintry morning, the shill that runs through the cottage has nothing to do with the temperature outside.
The arrival of Alfred’s mentally unstable aunt, Isabella, opens old wounds and forces Alfred to examine his grandfather’s decision to banish her from the kingdom. As diplomacy with former enemies begins to bear fruit, new dangers loom on the horizon. Alfred’s mettle will be tested as never before. And a startling revelation will lead him first to troublesome doubts and eventually to a deeper understanding of what it means to be a king.
Now that the destructive force of black powder has been unleashed, Alfred must reinforce his alliances in a world where the nature of conflict has been changed for all time. Against this backdrop, he faces the daunting task of finding a suitable match for his eldest daughter. When the Teutons take advantage of the ongoing civil war in the Kingdom Across the Southern Sea, the stakes are ratcheted up yet again. Does Alfred hold the trump card to subdue the ambitions of the Teutons and find a new equilibrium in a constantly changing world?

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It is the dawn of the Renaissance in a land ruled by an enlightened monarch.  Alfred — the eponymous second son — is convinced that his life will be unremarkable, spent in diligent but mundane service to his king. His grandfather, however, foresees for him a special destiny, though that destiny is shrouded in mystery. These novels tell Alfred’s story.

Each book is a complete story unto itself. Begin wherever you like. But you may find it most rewarding to meet Alfred at the beginning, when he is growing up and coming of age at his grandfather’s court.

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About the author. Pamela Taylor brings her love of history to the art of storytelling. An avid reader of historical fact and fiction throughout her life, she finds the past offers rich sources for character, ambiance, and plot that allow readers to escape into a world totally unlike their daily lives.

“I’d tried my hand at several ideas and wasn’t quite  satisfied with any of them,” she says. “I’ve always been intrigued by the importance of first sentences and first paragraphs. So when the opening of Second Son came to me, utterly unbidden, during one of those nights when one’s mind won’t shut down and let sleep take over, I knew I had to see where it would take me.

“Once I found Alfred’s voice, his story began to unfold. By the end of the first book, I was completely in love with him and knew that he had so much more to tell.

“Step into Alfred’s world. Once you do, I’m confident you’ll be as eager as I’ve been to discover what happens next.”

To learn more about me, visit my author website at pamela-taylor.com