Kindred People by Laura S. Kearney
Approx. 103,570 words.
Published on November 1, 2013.
Prince Darathe Caloran is Kithe's rightful Heir Apparent, but another nobleman from Kithe is heading a rebellion against the ruling emperor Greston Dorendi to gain control. Darathe returns to Kithe to present his claim to the Kithean throne before Marquis Liano Zakira beats him to it; but at only sixteen years of age, he doesn't feel ready to be a king.