The Last Heavenly King by Vincent van Mechelen
Approx. 21,390 words.
Published on August 10, 2011.
In this first part of Triptych of Times Hong Kuiyuan tells his personal story of the collapse, in 1864, of the Christian theocracy established by his uncle, the first Heavenly King, during 'the Taiping Rebellion' in China. His relatives, including the new King, are killed by the imperial Qing, but the sixteen-year-old Kuiyuan manages to survive. Later in life he will write this historical novella.