"The King is dead " was the cry heard throughout the realm of Aldarra; dying suddenly of a mysterious illness; a malady mysterious to most, but not to all. Join our story as King Artemus's son, Prince Jared returns after his nine years self-imposed exile. Accompanied by his loyal companions, Raglan the woodsman and Pym the former innkeeper; as they match wises against the treacherous Chancellor Argyll, and his half-brother Lord Tyrell. A tale woven from the legends of King Arthur and Camelot; as Prince Jared must battle Lord Tyrell according to the Ancient Law of Trial by Combat. A fantasy adventure brimmed with bravery, loyalty, truth and rediscovered love; and the bringing in of a new age, and the knowledge of the One God. The Prince and the Scepter is the first installment of the The Realm of Aldarra Trilogy. Other following titles are Schemer's Moon and The Mark of the Zealot. Jacques M. Averett, originally a California native, moved to Colorado in August of '92. Presently living in Denver Co. for the past eighteen and a half years; various interests include writing, art, photography and music.