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225 pages
May 2006
Broadman & Holman

The Way of the Wilderking

by Jonathan Rogers

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The Way of the Wilderking begins when a reluctant 18-year-old Aidan is called to be the legendary Wilderking. Fearing for his father, brothers, and all innocent people under the rule of the jealous king Darrow, Aidan is forced to fight and lead an army of miscreants and Feechiefolk. To everyone’s astonishment, Aidan, who has not denied loyalty to King Darrow and Prince Keren, instead leads his army against the threat of Pyrthens.

By Jonathan Rogers, The Way of the Wilderking is the third book in the Wilderking Trilogy. To fully understand the many aspects of this story, read the first book, The Bark of the Bog Owl, and the second, The Secret of the Swamp King.  This hardbound book has 25 chapters and 225 pages. The story is fun and humorous, but also quite adventurous.

The Way of the Wilderking is great for 10- to 14-year-olds who don’t mind convenient plot twists. Reading this book will inspire you to become the person God created you to be--even if you feel unqualified. – Estee Wells, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

Novelist Jonathan Rogers’ impressive literary debut, The Bark of the Bog Owl, Book One in The Wilderking Trilogy, was quickly met by critical acclaim from the media and high marks from fiction fans.  Book Two, The Secret of the Swamp King, built on its predecessor’s success, captured the hearts and imaginations of young and old alike with its adventurous characters, spellbinding plot, and vivid fantasy world.  Now, the highly anticipated final installment in The Wilderking Trilogy, The Way of the Wilderking, continues the author’s heroic tale of epic proportions in true blockbuster fashion.  

The Way of the Wilderking finds civilizer Aidan Errolson reluctantly returning home following three years in the much-feared Feechiefen Swamp.  As he reunites with his long-lost family and learns of the growing trouble lurking in his homeland, he notices a lot has changed since he left this native country—the tyrannous Corenwald kingdom has weakened significantly and attack from the enemy Pyrthens seems imminent.  

But perhaps the most startling discovery is the rising number of rebels among the Corenwalders.  Aptly naming themselves The Aidanites, this makeshift army of rebels has dreams of backing Aidan up in an impending conflict with the Pyrthens.  They believe that Aidan has returned to fulfill his destiny by overthrowing King Darrow and restoring their homeland to its former glory, as prophesied in the ancient Wilderking Chant.

Aidan is reluctant to have anything to do with The Aidanites, rejecting the thought that he might even remotely be The Wilderking and attempting to refocus the countrymen’s loyalty back on King Darrow, where he believes it justly belongs.  But when astonishing secrets about the history of his homeland and his people are discovered, and Bayard the Truthspeaker reveals that Aidan is destined for great things and must “live the life that unfolds before him,” Aidan fully realizes what he must set out to do.

As he quickly trains The Aidanites to become a formidable militia, Aidan works against all odds to reunite the prim and proper civilizers with the repulsive feechies as a single tribe that has been separated for three centuries.  The only fighting chance they have against their daunting enemy, the Pyrthens, is to work as one to reclaim what is, and has been for ages, rightfully theirs.  

Can these former rivals bond together in time and overcome adversity to restore their homeland to its full splendor?  And will Aidan finally come face-to-face with his destiny, taking his rightful place in the glorious new kingdom?