It is 1291AD, a difficult time in Rostov, Russia. Maria’s father was killed while trying to prevent her forced marriage to the invading Tatar king. He succeeded in securing her escape, but her mother was taken prisoner and lives in the harshest conditions. Maria makes the dangerous journey to reach relatives in the North, learning a trade as a ship’s cook on the way. Once aware of her mother’s captivity, Maria makes a hasty agreement to work as a ships cook on a ship bound for England, in exchange for advance payment. The funds are given to her cousin to bribe the guards in Rostov and free her mother.
The journey to England reveals a romantic interest from the captain, but he is poisoned and is off boarded. The new captain betrays Maria’s agreement and sells her into slavery in England, where she is purchased by a tavern owner intent on exploiting her beauty for profit.
The fate of Maria, her mother and those she has trusted spins into an adventurous timeline, driving her toward an unknown destiny of danger and romance in the Kingdom of Meridian.
Volume II of V medieval romance novels in the Kingdom of Meridian saga.
The sequel to The Bee Keeper’s Daughter, Maria continues to uncover her mysterious destiny. Her life becomes intertwined with new characters and adversarial villains as she arrives in Meridian as a hopeless slave.
She struggles with her fate, desperate for a savior, only to find love in the most unexpected of circumstances. A merchant ship arrives from Neva with news from Rostov while spies hide in plain sight, colluding to insight war in the kingdom.
Royal weddings, alliances, secret interludes and lost treasures drive the story through more twists and discoveries in medieval England.
The plague has taken a great toll on the allies and defenses of the kingdom. Maria and Robert struggle to nurture their new born son while war is eminent in Meridian. Beneke’s lust for the hidden treasure has fueled an army, greedy for gold, to destroy and invade the peaceful walls of the kingdom. To survive they must escape as Maria’s bond with Celine is tested at the ultimate level of trust and loyalty.
Tasked with a lifelong responsibility beyond comprehension, Maria’s family must survive the fall of Meridian and preserve the destiny of the entire Kingdom. No one can be trusted with the knowledge they carry, nor the mission they must complete decades later. Loyalties emerge in unlikely places as friendships become the only path beyond the Kingdom’s walls.
Life in obscurity has become the blanket of safety for Maria's family. As years have passed, her daily routine on the small English farm has become similar to the world she knew as a child. Hope remains as she struggles to raise children in a war-torn world vexed with plague and greed in all directions.
Maria and Robert work tirelessly to pass on all their knowledge and skill to their son Alex. Accepting that some of his teaching must come by way of travel and experience. Trusted allies also appear, helping to orchestrate the eventual path of rebuilding the Kingdom of Meridian.
A new King ascends the throne of England, seeking the reinstatement of true blood lines in all provinces. The time has come to rebuild the Kingdom of Meridian. Maria and Robert proceed with the plan entrusted to them decades earlier, but a false king and corrupt priest stand in the way of all they hope to achieve.
The lives of their family are at stake, as powerful forces move to block the return of the true heir to the throne. The legendary treasure has remained hidden, known only to those who raised the true king of Meridian. Once uncovered the kingdom will be divided with both sides seeking to take the treasure for themselves. Alex must build his army, while accepting the despair of his father’s failing health.
Maria rejoices in the birth of her granddaughter, Lena. The young child with golden hair and a curious heart gives hope to the family as they take the perilous journey back to Meridian.
Escape to Meridian and travel alongside Maria as she discovers her destiny around the world. Comfy Tshirts, hoodies, and select gift items are available to bring you closer to the characters and the places they have been.
The video trailer for The Bee Keeper's Daughter acts as a mini film of the overall story. The further development of the video game and film are still on track for future release, with more details coming as the milestones are achieved. Visit The Kingdom of Meridian official websitefor complete details on the series, merchandise and author news.
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The Kingdom of Meridian, written by Shiån Serei, is a romantic saga taking place in medieval time across multiple continents. The story begins in the city of Rostov, Russia and continues through the series into England, France, Japan and other countries. Meridian is set against the historic backdrop of the medieval age, intertwining geography, customs and culture with rich characters and adventurous plot turns.