Copeland Steele was but a standard citizen in the Mullinix Empire when he was chosen out of citizenship school to be the next apprentice leader of the nation. A whole new world awaits the young man the world now knows as Medoferro as he navigates the waters of the new role thrust upon him, a role he never wanted and one he would have given most anything to avoid. More
The Mullinix Empire, an ancient land with an unusually stable line of rulers, was about to go through their succession process yet again. As had happened before and would undoubtedly happen again the Elder Mullinix Taliaferro is dying and the next apprentice will be chosen from the young men and women who are in their first semester of citizenship school. The main criteria other than competence is that the new apprentice should not want the job, as the ones who want it most are invariably the worst people for the job.
Copeland Steele was a simple boy from the northeastern corner of the empire, a boy with a troubled family life and little ambition other than to avoid military service. He was in mortal terror of getting the Mullinix position that everyone knew was opening, so much so that when he was chosen he was given the Mullinix name of Medoferro, which translates to Iron Fear.
It is a time of upheaval for the empire as enemies both without and within conspire to break the stability and peace that the Mullinix have lived in for centuries.
Born in 1977, Rodney Mountain has been writing books for 14 years. Starting with 1998's "The Healy Murders" he has continued writing various novels since then. He is married with two children that have so far failed to drive him completely insane.
on March 20, 2012 :
This was a very well done novel. I'd call it enchanting. The setting has awesome potential so I'm eager to see where the series goes. At first I thought I knew exactly what the plot of this book would be ... then I realized I didn't. Then I really realized I was wrong. And then I turned out to be right, sort of. The final pages proved how little I know.