The Ballad of Penumbria I: A King's Ransom

The kingdom of Penumbria is a hopeless land, where every citizen is a slave, and the regent, Duke Botewulf Blagden, rules with unpredictable cruelty.

A young serf-turned-thief named Dava finally despairs of life and seeks to end his misery in the sterile desert of the Endless Emptiness. But a seeming chance encounter with three strange travelers sets him on a path from the gutter to the throne. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781476321554
About Ronald Patterson

I am the dictionary definition of a late-bloomer. I learned how to ride a bike, rollerskate, and swim at nine; had my first girlfriend in the eleventh grade; earned a bachlor's degree at 42; and finally finished 'that book thing' in my fifties.

A true child of suburbia, I grew up in the 'Inland Empire" of Southern California, and watched with sadness as the orange groves and vineyards gave way to housing subdivisions. I met my wife, Mary, at California Baptist College, and nothing has been boring ever since.

Mary and I have a son, and a daughter who has given us four enormous grandsons.

Mary and I serve the Lord Jesus as worship team leaders.

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THE BALLAD OF PENUMBRIA I, A KING'S RANSOM is the first in a five-book fantasy series set in the historic European Middle Ages. A lonely serf-turned-thief named Dava despairs of life and seeks his own end. But a kingdom mired in hopeless despair is set ablaze by the arrival of an enigmatic stranger who just might be the missing heir to the throne.

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