In Nubia a woman can be whatever she chooses. At 14, Kandake knows exactly what she chooses…Prime Warrior of Nubia. But her grandmother has said that she will follow her father on the throne.
Refusing to abandon her warrior dreams she continues to train. When her brother is kidnapped, Kandake learns she must be both queen and warrior to win his release!
Reconciled to the fact that she will follow her father on the throne, Kandake maintains her resolve to continue her warrior training. But illness takes King Amani to the edge of death and Kandake must rule Nubia in his place. Prince Gadarat of Aksum comes calling and announces his intentions to marry Kandake. She has no desire for him or his plans and uses warrior persuasion to change his mind.
Kandake’s dearest friend, Ezena, has chosen a husband and wishes to bring her grandmother to Nubia for the ceremony. When Kandake travels with Ezena to Aksum, jealousy and revenge drive the rejected Prince to imprison her brother and Amhara.
Can Kandake rescue them both, escape Aksum, and get back to Nubia without starting a war?
Princess Kandake, youngest child of King Amani and heir to the throne of Nubia, has determined to continue her warrior training, but that is not the only thing that complicates her 14 year old life.
When the king receives a dispatch from Pharaoh Nakhtnebef of Egypt, Kandake is sent to find out why the pharaoh would need Nubia’s warriors to remain in Egypt any longer and why he has included a secret symbol within his message—help.
In Egypt, Kandake discovers treachery and a poisoned pharaoh, the identity of the bandits that attacked Nubia’s caravans, a Nubian orphan, and that Kandake may be Sakhmet—the Egyptian goddess of war.
Much has happened in the life of Princess Kandake since being named as heir to her father’s thrown. From winning the release of Prince Alara captured by unknown enemies to saving the life of the pharaoh of Egypt and preventing the usurping of that throne, situations that have refined Princess Kandake’s warrior skills and queenly diplomacy to well-honed expertise.
Now Princess Kandake must journey to the kingdom of Scythia to confirm an alliance between Nubia and that kingdom. But Scythia is a place where women are viewed as weak and unintelligent. In in that kingdom it is unlawful for a woman to ride a horse or carry a weapon, both of which Princess Kandake does every day and with absolute proficiency.
As representative of the throne of Nubia, Kandake is forced to deal with the Sovereign of Scythia who questions her abilities because she is female. And more, she must rescue her sister from a power-hungry, throne-craving prince, and defend a friend whose honor could cost him his life. Such circumstances have placed Kandake in a position where she must choose between using her warrior skill or the diplomacy of a future queen. The princess is speaking, but Scythians are not listening.
When Princess Kandake reached 14 years, the age when all Nubian women left childhood, she was named as the next to rule the kingdom. That same year she rescued her brother from foreign warriors, ruled in her father’s place when illness brought him to the edge of death, cured a poisoned pharaoh and prevented an evil advisor from seizing Egypt’s throne, and then rescued her sister from a dishonorable prince and blocked his path to Scythia’s throne. But all of that was last year.
Now she is 15 and must begin life as a woman and Nubia’s future queen. There are so many decisions.
The king of Aksum has requested Kandake’s help to flush out raiding bandits that are encamped within the Strand. The sovereign of Scythia requests Kandake to assist his daughter in attaining the skill level of a Nubian warrior—and contend with the prince who brought harm to her sister. In the midst of all of this, Kandake must be a mother to her adoptive daughter, when she is little more than a child herself.
Every person in Nubia has an expectation for Princess Kandake and each situation requires the wisdom of a queen—including setting the date for her marriage ceremony.
Can Princess Kandake become the ruler the kingdom deserves, continue to grow in strength as a Nubian warrior, be a good mother to her daughter, and most of all, is she ready to become the wife she believes she must be?