Prince Michael and the Dragon

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Prince Michael and the Dragon is a short book about a young prince in a mythical kingdom (El) who leaves his home and family for a far off land to slay an evil dragon. The setting for the story begins with a father who is still in the process of grieving the loss of a young son (Lionel) and begins telling a bedtime story to his two remaining sons (Michael and John). As the story opens a messenger arrives to the king's castle to report the appearance of a dreadful dragon in the Northwest Territory. At the same time a messenger from the King of Heaven appears and says only Michael can slay the dragon with his sword "Avenger" and two companions he had not yet met would accompany him.

Michael then sets off for the Northwest Territory to find and slay the dragon. Along the way he meets a great hunter named Zackery, who becomes one of his companions. When he and Zackery reach a small village, Shocho, not far from where the dragon is located, they meet a knight named Aaron, who is the second companion. While in the village, staying at an inn, Michael and his companions are kidnapped by minions of the evil lord Diabolos. He remains in a dark dungeon for several days and is prompted by the thought of merely pushing on the door. When he does so the door flies open. He then locates his companions Zackery and Aaron and frees them. Together they make their way to the great chamber of Diabolos and have to fight their way out of the castle.

In the process of the fight Zackery is mortally wounded and Michael, using an amulet his sister Mary gave him, is able to heal Zackery's wound. As they begin to leave the castle, they notice Diabolos and his army leaving the castle to invade the land of El. At this point, being forewarned by a messenger, The King of El is forced to quickly gather as many forces as he can to defend his land. His children John, Lionel, and Mary assist in the preparations.

At the same time Michael and his companions are seeking out the dragon, which is also the evil lord Diabolos' source of power. Michael and his companions, in the process of locating the dragon, are forced to slay a giant and rescue a beautiful princess named Alethia. When the dragon appears Michael and his companions fight an exhausting battle with the dragon and almost despair of slaying it. However, using his mighty sword Avenger, and Mary's amulet, Michael is able to slay the dragon.

As Michael and his friends are busy fighting the dragon, the King of El works hard to save his kingdom from Diabolos' onslaught. During these battles Prince Lionel is killed along with many other soldiers of the king. Once, however, Michael has killed the dragon, Diabolos loses his power and he and his army can no longer stand against the Kingdom of El. At this time, the kingdom is saved and the dragon and Diabolos are dead. When Michael returns home with his companions and Princess Alethia, it is a happy time mixed with sadness over the death of Lionel and so many soldiers. As the court is gathered together to celebrate the end of the battle, Prince Lionel appears as a messenger from the King of Heaven to tell his family that he has taken his place in the presence of the King of Heaven, and they too had places reserved for them one day.

At the direction of the King of Heaven Michael marries Alethia and becomes King of the North. When the grieving father completes the story, he realizes that it helped him to cope with the loss of his son, and telling it was as much for his benefit as it was for his sons.

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Several years ago my wife and I lost a young son, Lionel, to meningitis. Dealing with a loss, as many know, is one of the most difficult experiences life has to offer, particularly when you're constantly reminded of the permanence of the loss. You can easily replace things, but you can never replace a loved one. It seemed to me, everything reminded me that I would never see my son grow up, developing interests, building his own unique personality, and surprising us as parents.

The need to talk about the experience was, for me, overwhelming. Friends and acquaintances were uncomfortable bringing up the subject, and my wife and I were hesitant to mention it because we didn't want to burden others with our hurt. However, for me, I found a most unique way of dealing with the loss.

When my son Michael asked me to tell him a bedtime story one evening, the idea came to me to tell him a story with Lionel in it so we all could, in a way, spend time with Lionel. Thus, Prince Michael and the Dragon is the product of this series of bedtime stories I began writing for Michael. He specifically told me he wanted his friends, Aaron and Zachary included in his adventure, and I included his mother, brothers and sister. The other characters, especially Diabolos, were the products of my imagination.

As I had hoped, Prince Lionel's part in the story was a chance for me to spend time with a young man, for whom I'll have to wait until I can see him in the Great King's court. Once I began preparing his story I was surprised it turned out a little longer than I expected. Since it turned out as it did, I thought it might make a nice book and perhaps offer others a different way of dealing with a loss. This was my way of coping, and I think it helped.

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A fierce dragon has appeared in the northwestern mountains destroying whole towns and reducing the people to poverty. By decree of the King of Heaven, only Prince Michael can slay the dragon and save the land. However, Michael must accomplish this task with two companions he has never met and must brave treachery, dark dungeons, rampaging armies and a mighty giant before he can face his greatest foe of all-the dragon. This adventure will test every skill and belief Michael possesses. Can he fulfill the command from the King of Heaven and save his family's kingdom?

For those who loved C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia, Prince Michael and the Dragon is a long awaited treat that is sure to please. While grieving the loss of his youngest son Lionel, Michael's Dad began making up adventurous bedtime stories for his two remaining sons, Michael and John. What began as a simple story for two young boys, soon grew into one of the most unique therapy sessions a parent ever attended. As he deals with the family's ordeal in the make believe Kingdom of El, Michael's dad creatively deals with the pain of losing a loved one and the hope of eternal reunion. This story is both charming and entertaining. From Michael's exploits in finding and slaying the great dragon to his family's efforts to defend their threatened kingdom, this story will inspire and encourage readers. Not only is this an ideal book for young readers, parents and adults will also enjoy this original work.

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