The Kingdom of Light

The Kingdom of Light

Size makes no difference, said Ispri. What makes a difference is whose side you are on, who you choose to believe.

Ispri gives four young people the opportunity to share joy, work, and pain as he moves Verdura to the next phase of its life. It slips into the Kingdom of Light as the children return to earth, transformed, ready for whatever earth will offer.

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About the Book

Maybe the world wasn’t ending but it sure seemed like it.

Maybe someone was telling the truth, but it sure didn’t seem like it.

Nothing was what it should be. Water wasn’t wet. Holes weren’t for falling but for floating. Light came from below, not above.

They were kids. Too much was being asked of them. Would they even survive?

Life had moved on for Joshua, Marie, Amanda and Steven. They hadn’t been to Verdura for nearly twenty years. They were married with kids almost as old as they had been their first time in Verdura.

Things had also moved on in Verdura. Centuries had passed. It had become dark. Almost all the time. Only a few of the friends they had known as children remained––even though their lives should have been as long as that of their sun. The few remaining people were at odds. Tyranny had overcome some of them, madness, so it was said, the rest. Enemies had multiplied.

Once again, children were sent to help. The world was breaking up, dissolving before their eyes. They had no idea how to overcome old enemies or new.

So how could they explain this expectation they sometimes felt? This optimism? And how did this young woman from China and her pet dragon fit in?

Besides, of course, they’d eventually have to go back to earth.  Would they get back before Verdura collapsed completely and them with it?

Series: The Verduran Pentology, Book 5
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: mediaropa
Publication Year: 2022
Format: paperback, hard cover, ebook
Length: Novel, 304 pages
Illustrator: Anna Coleman
ASIN: 1956228136
ISBN: 9781956228137
List Price: 13.99
eBook Price: 6.99
Daring adventures. Unexpected plots. Thrilling descriptions. With all of those things, I think this book is every bit equal to Narnia (possibly even better). The Kingdom of Light wraps up this series like sprinkles on a cupcake. Makenna K., age 10
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About the Author
Gordon Saunders

Narnia, Asteroid B-612, Middle Earth, Earthsea, and earth. I’ve spent a lot of time in each of these places. Plus a few more. They’re all real, you know, just real in different ways. But there is a Reality that is more important than them all, and I’ve gotten to know Him, too. I’ve been to dozens of countries on earth (on every continent except Antartica) and He has been there. He’s been in many of the other places, too, the places you can only get to through stories.

But I’ve seen, in many places, that who He is has gotten bumbled up. So I wanted to create a place where He could be seen for who He really is. The place turned out to be green–at least the sky–and very hard. I used to teach Latin and the word for green, in Latin, started with ‘ver.’ The word for hard started with ‘dura.’ So I decided to put them together to name my place: Verdura.

I learned later (in a grocery store in Barcelona) that the word ‘verdura,’ in Spanish means ‘vegetables.’ I hope the Verdurans won’t hold it against me that they live on vegetables. And I hope Spanish-speakers will understand that I didn’t mean to borrow their word for vegetables and will, maybe, see their way to believing Verdura to be a hard, green planet. Where Reality lives.

I’ve been blessed with a great wife and companion for over fifty years, three kids, six grandkids, and the memory of a cat and a dog who, no matter what anyone says, have both gone on to heaven. We’re pretty close to heaven, here in Colorado, and I hope you’ll get here someday. But it’s more important that you get to know the One who is in every place at every time and who, really, makes it all happen.

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