by Nadine C. Keels
Book 1: The Movement of Crowns
At the point when kingdoms’ ideas of humanity differ…
The nation of Diachona is celebrating the twentieth birthday and rite of passage for Constance, the Diachonian king’s daughter and heir. Yet, the pause for festivity doesn’t erase collective doubts about Constance’s aspiration for a place with the men on the National Council, nor does it eliminate fears roused by oppressive threats from a neighboring, powerful empire. Amid increasing rumors of war and personal misgivings about her own future, Constance deems this an inopportune time to be falling in love with one Commander Alexander. Will Providence keep them all through international tensions and the changing of times, or is Diachona watching its territory in vain?
“I appreciated Keel’s creation of a tradition system that impacted international interactions. Good world-building for this fantasy.”
“If you like a book that isn’t quite traditional fantasy, if you like story that isn’t overtly Christian but teaches Biblical principals and a love of family, well, The Movement Of Crowns just might be the book for you.”
Book 2: The Movement of Rings
A time to remember what lies deeper than one’s fears…
The Mundayne empire has seen years of prosperity under the rule of King Aud, a man of war known the world over for his ruthlessness. Naona, a high-spirited imperial servant who holds Aud’s favor, occupies herself with pulling pranks on her peers around the king’s estate, but the time for laughter spoils when the citizens of Munda begin to oppose increasing taxation. After meeting the princess of Diachona, Naona finds herself having to choose between maintaining loyalty to her king and becoming a personal ally of another nation. With the rise of unrest in Munda, can Naona’s heart survive intact: intact enough, even, for an unforeseen chance at love with a foreign man?
Book 3: Movement of the Kings
The order of things, the nature of succession, and a nation that must march on…
At a time of political and cultural uncertainty, the charge of the Eubeltic Realm has been passed over to a young monarch known for his intelligence, agility, and brooding ways, as well as the “way” he has with vibrant ladies at court. Can this inexperienced king handle the current rise of domestic and colonial crises, the bereavement of his family, and his curious attraction to a councilman’s unassuming daughter, or is everything in his untried hands on the verge of falling apart?
“I am very impressed with the thought and detail that Nadine C. Keels has put into every aspect, from the political structure to gowns and hairstyles, from geography to state traditions, in each of the books in this series. Lots of politics, some danger, definitely romance, make this short book a good and satisfying read.”
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CIR: What gave you the idea for this series?
KEELS: I began drafting scenes for The Movement of Crowns while I was a high school senior, inspired by the thought that although my generation was young, we weren’t precluded from aiming toward greatness. It’s taken some years of growth, as a human being and as a writer, for me to be able to convey the story as I see it.
CIR: What has the writing process been like for these books?
KEELS: Not to sound over the top, but it’s been pure ecstasy. Writing is already my passion, and this is one kind of fiction I’ve waited my whole life to write.
CIR: What do you hope your readers will get out of this series?
KEELS: Your destiny is a perfect fit for you, and you can walk deeper into it step by step, never throwing your hope away.
CIR: What makes this series unique?
KEELS: It doesn’t have the facts to be historical or alternative history, and it doesn’t have the element of magic to fit well into the fantasy genre, so I started calling this fiction series epic— heroic, majestic. It has elements of peace and war, cultural and international issues, family dynamics, personal dreams, and romance.
CIR: Is there any content some readers might find questionable despite the overall “clean” feel of the series?
KEELS: War has its place in the story, but it isn’t overtly gory. (Rhymes!) I might put a “PG-13” rating on it to be safe.