By Mykela

King Vallin Kurst


King Kurst is one of the ally kings.

Once the kings realized they were all losing crops in significant amounts, they decided to call a kings’ meeting.  They decided that since Prince Jaarul was having his celebration and picking contestants, they would meet in Daliium.  The morning after Prince Jaarul’s celebration starts most kings had arrived.  They join the royal family and contestants for breakfast.

King Kurst is allied with a witch named Baa’mith and he gets advice from her.  Baa’mith has actively practiced her magic around King Kurst; therefore, King Kurst has a little more awareness of witches.  He notices Mi’atsha’s guardian right away, and of course, when King Balvantz’s eagle flies to Mi’atsha, that confirms for King Kurst that Mi’atsha is a witch, and he immediately wants to know how strong she is.  He has seen the magic of Nar’liin and Zel’viin and he knows the relative strength compared to Baa’mith.

King Kurst is in Daliium to get news from the other kings and to plan for the next battle, but once he learns Mi’atsha is a witch he quickly adds an objective to his agenda.  He starts probing for knowledge of Mi’atsha.  And soon after, he offers Mi’atsha an alliance with his kingdom.

When the kings head back to their kingdoms to prepare for the battles they planned, King Kurst once again has his dream of the woman he will fall in love with, and shortly after he realizes that it is Mi’atsha.

In this day and age, the age difference between a man and his wife is normally quite tremendous.  Most boys learn a trade and then they start the trade and build a house before they take a wife.  Therefore, most men marry between the age of twenty and thirty.  Girls however are considered to be of marrying age once their cycles start, which is age ten to fourteen.  Although royals usually marry a spouse in a closer age range, that is not the normal for this time period with most marriages.  When King Kurst realizes his love for Mi’atsha, her age is not seen as a huge consideration, but King Kurst knows he must wait at least until her cycle starts.  He also knows his father’s stance that the girl should be at least sixteen no matter when the cycle starts, and he is willing to wait until then.

Mi’atsha, of course, is in a competition for Prince Jaarul, but King Kurst decides to still pursue her because of his dream.

Of all the kings, King Kurst gives Mi’atsha the most respect and he learns as much about her as he can by having stewards reading the scrolls he has in his library back in his kingdom, Kingdom Teffel.  In book two he learns Mi’atsha’s lineage is from his kingdom and wants her released from Prince Jaarul’s competition; however, his kingdom has been attacked and he needs reinforcements, so he presses King Dunhurst for his kingdom’s need and will discuss the other topic later.

In book two, King Kurst uses his own magic in obvious ways, and he relates to King Dunhurst his own lineage once again.

In book three more males with magic are seen and since King Kurst doesn’t use a wand the reader learns he is a warlock and not a wizard.

While the story starts with its focus on King Dunhurst and his kingdom, book three’s focus shifts to King Kurst, who is a very important character and central to the story.  He also becomes an important advisor to Mi’atsha as she prepares to battle and as her coven expands.

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