King's Host – Book One

Irinel-Ramona Florescu
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 Things were going well for Val and Kiran. They had a comfortable home in the countryside, a steady business that took them all over the kingdom and a small circle of loyal friends to return to after their long trips. Sure they were a bit of an odd father and son pair in the eyes of the villagers, but their trade was in need and people liked them for being good-natured and obliging. Perhaps Kiran’s affinity with living creatures was uncommon, though in truth he had always been a little different. Amiable and caring, but not exactly open about himself. His birth was shrouded in mystery and his father seemed to enjoy watching people rack their brain trying to solve it. It was a good thing folk were practical and, generally, more interested in their knowledge and skill with medicine than their peculiarities.

On a beautiful autumn evening, while father and son had business in the capital, a small incident set off a chain of events that would entwine their future paths with those of two Royal Guards and turn their peaceful life upside down. And if that were not bad enough, one of the guards is very distrustful of Kiran and the other is all too friendly. And both are too sharp for comfort.

A new journey, new acquaintances, resentments, secrets and a war that is about to break. Will Val and Kiran be able to return to their former life?

And what is the meaning of the son’s strange dreams, anyway?…

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About the author

Welcome, dear reader!

I am Irinel-Ramona Florescu, the author of the book King’s Host. I was born and grew up in Bucharest, where I still reside, although as a child I spent many summer vacations in the countryside, whence my fondness for wandering the woods and hills came. I’m very partial to beautiful things, whether useful or not, fluffy animals—cats are the best, handicrafts, Japanese anime and manga and romance, so long as it does not give me diabetes. But ever since graduating from university my obsession has been with interior design. Until around this time last year, I was busy decorating people’s homes and sharpening up my CGI skills. Weaving dreams and stories through images. I have never written anything besides school assignments before, not even a diary, nor have had any desire to do so. Writing has never been my cup of tea. Quite the opposite.

So, what happened? Well, a nice vacation in Crete happened. A few amusing episodes and some short posts on social media about them. I very much enjoy talking to people, even when we speak different languages, and it was quite entertaining to reproduce some of the more comic conversations. And isn’t finding pleasant sides to it a good way to overcome a dislike? ‘Why not write a short story’, my husband suggested, ‘as an exercise? You have no problem talking for hours, try to put some of that in writing. Don’t fret about it being something original, just write whatever makes you feel good.’ So, what makes me feel good? Talking to people, bantering, having a good laugh.

There is a lot of dialogue in King’s Host. I have not checked that, but it is quite possibly in excess of the narration. It could not be helped, I had too much fun writing it. It was with dialogue that the whole exercise started, although I was already five or six chapters into it before I realised it was turning into something bigger and more serious than I had originally intended. And that I was enjoying it in ways I never expected. Around chapter twelve I realised there would be a second book. For a whole year I did nothing but write and I was not done yet! Clearly I was losing my mind.

I am offering you this book for free because writing it has been an incredible experience and I feel I should give something in return for all the things I learned from those sharing their knowledge, whatever their discipline. Writing has not become much easier than before, but it surely is growing on me with every sentence. I hope this book will bring a smile to your face and make you forget, even if only for a while, your daily worries. And leave you wanting for more.

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Irinel-Ramona Florescu
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May 10, 2018
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