The Royal Tournament
Richard H. Stephens, author
To win, one must be prepared to die. The Royal Tournament has at long last come to the sleepy village of Millsford. For Javen Milford, a local farm boy, the news couldn’t be better. Finally, Javen can perform his chores on the homestead and partake in the biggest military games in the kingdom, hoping beyond hope that just maybe, he might catch the eye of the king. Javen’s expertise in jousting holds him in good stead running the tilts in the tournament's flagship event. The local supporters believe Javen is more than ready to step up to the challenge and defeat the tournament’s reigning Emperor of the Field, Prince Malcolm. Unfortunately for the naive Javen, he befriends a mystical foreign entrant and quickly learns how ruthless men can be. It doesn't take long for him to realize that the biggest challenge facing him is not whether to duck or parry, but whether to confront his newest revelations and take the chance that will have him fighting for his very life.