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The King In The Stone (Upcoming)

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It was a hard climb. Brambles scratched my bare legs, and a rain of pebbles scattered under my feet, making me lose my footing on innumerable occasions. At least my ankle was heeled now, and walking didn’t hurt anymore.

Though the sun was long past its zenith, even in my sleeveless dress soon I was sweating. Yet, in those brief moments when the sun hid behind the clouds, the air cooled rapidly, a warning of the night ahead. I didn’t need the reminder. I knew that this high in the mountains the night would be cold, even now in the summer, and that I must reach the camp before nightfall.

I wasn’t worried though. I still had time. Enough time to make it to the cave and down to the old village, which I guessed would be close to the camp.

I wasn’t worried either about getting lost either. I knew these mountains. Not the trees and the bushes and the animal trails I sometimes crossed, but the broader picture. I recognized the shape of the slope I was climbing, the changing outline of the mountain range that enclosed the valley to the north, and the naked wall of white limestone on the mountain across when I finally reached the outcrop.

But the place itself––a wide ledge that had been hidden till then behind the rocks ––I didn’t know, and the cave I had expected wasn’t there. Instead a gnarled oak sprung from the face of the mountain, and it was under its heavy branches, I saw the tomb for the first time. It grew from the earth in the middle of the expanse, seeming as much a part of the mountain as the granite from which it had been carved.

I hesitated for a moment, breathless from the climb, in awe of the majesty the place commanded. It was one of these places where the wind comes to die, and the air, forever still, remains warm in the winter and cool in the summer, fragrant with the perfume of early spring. In my world, they are usually found deep in the forest in ancient oak groves. And for my people, they are sacred.

I stepped onto the ledge, with the reverence I would upon entering a temple, the rustle of the dry heather under my shoes the only sound to break the silence. The soil, I realized when I came closer, had been excavated around the tomb that now reached up to my waist. Several scenes had been carved around its sides and on the slab that closed the monument, the prone figure of a knight emerged from the stone.

Eyes closed, his hair loose over his shoulders, he was dressed in a tunic that fell down to his knees and boots tight against his calves––the way noblemen dress in my world. A king. He was a king I knew, even before I saw the circlet on his forehead and the pommel of the sword he held over his chest. The pommel with three lines entangled in the shape of a mountain. The design of the House of Montemayor. My father’s House

Carmen Ferreiro Esteban

12 Comments »

  1. Carmen, this sounds terrific. I’ll be looking for it when it comes out.

    Comment by Sandra Carey Cody — June 5, 2009 @ 1:28 pm | Reply

  2. Thank you so much, Sandy.
    I’ll keep you informed

    Comment by carmenferreiroesteban — June 5, 2009 @ 4:47 pm | Reply

  3. Hey Carmen!
    It’s been a while…but I wanted to check in on King in the Stone and let you know I’m still here. 🙂

    Best wishes in everything,
    Katey

    Comment by Kat — July 31, 2012 @ 2:19 am | Reply

    • Hi Katey,

      Good to hear from you.
      My agent, Ginger Knowlton, is querying King in the Stone to editors. I do hope to have better news soon.

      Thanks for your good wishes. My best to you too.
      Have a great summer,

      Carmen

      Comment by carmenferreiroesteban — July 31, 2012 @ 10:45 am | Reply

  4. Hiya Carmen,
    It’s been a long while since I’ve even thought about King in the Stone sadly, but I remembered it today! 🙂 Do you have any good news on it? I hope you’re doing well!

    Thanks,
    Katey

    Comment by Katey D — April 17, 2013 @ 12:29 am | Reply

    • Hi Katey,

      Thank you so much for your continuing support. I have no further news about The King in the Stone. Once I have a little free time from my work, I will consider self-publishing as there was no interest from the big houses. And when I do, I will certainly let you know.

      Hope everything is well with you.

      Best,

      Carmen

      Comment by carmenferreiroesteban — April 18, 2013 @ 9:02 pm | Reply

  5. You’re very welcome. 🙂 I remember how much I loved Two Moon Princess. It was one of the few books I’ve read that was just…perfect in my mind. Looking forward to that day when I can read its sequel! Good luck with everything.

    ~Katey

    Comment by Katey D — April 19, 2013 @ 11:39 pm | Reply

  6. Gracious. I always end up back here don’t I? Well I was just wondering how everything is coming with King in the Stone? 🙂 I still remember the first time I read Two Moon Princess. It was my perfect idea of a book. Still is! Speaking of which…I need to retread it again! I hope all is going great for you Carmen!

    Katey

    Comment by Katey — September 23, 2013 @ 10:17 pm | Reply

    • Hi Katey,

      It’s always so good to hear from you. I haven’t done anything at all about my writing lately and hearing from you may be just what I need to get back to it.
      I will certainly let you know if I do.
      Hope everything is well with you.
      Best,

      Carmen

      Comment by carmenferreiroesteban — October 6, 2013 @ 4:19 pm | Reply

  7. Hi, Carmen.
    I hope everything is going well for you. I wanted to check in and see what is happening with “The King In The Stone.” I read “Two Moon Princess” like 4 years ago and have been eager to read the sequel since then. Especially after reading the teaser you had on the blog.
    Happy Holidays,

    Jen

    Comment by Jen Majerus — December 1, 2013 @ 5:45 pm | Reply

    • Hi Jen,
      Thank you so much for taking the time to write to me. I am very pleased you liked Two Moon Princess. I was ready to publish The King in the Stone two years ago, but then things got complicated and I never did. I regret it now as The King in the Stone is a very personal story and I would like to share it with all of you who liked Two Moon Princess.
      I promise I’ll let you know when I get focused and finally publish it.

      Hope you had a great Holiday too.

      My very best,

      Carmen

      Comment by carmenferreiroesteban — December 3, 2013 @ 9:36 pm | Reply

  8. Merry Christmas, Carmen! I’ve been throwing around ideas and writing a good bit these days and I was reminded of Two Moon Princess. 🙂 Still hoping for a day when King in the Stone will be published. But I was just thinking about how much I loved TMP and it just brings all the elements of a great story together and it will always be one of my very favorites! I hope you’re doing well!

    ~Katey

    Comment by Katey — December 18, 2013 @ 3:33 pm | Reply


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