The Ruby Moon by Trisha Priebe and Jerry Jenkins
In the kingdom, strange things are going on. Teenagers, thirteen-year olds to be precise, are disappearing. One day a kid is there, the next, they’re not. The Olympiads are coming up. The winner of the run will get a private audience with the ailing king. Avery finds out her friend is the son of the king. Currently, the king has no heir and Avery’s friend could be just the ticket.
There are strange circumstances surrounding the first queen and her child. She disappeared, or something.
Avery decides to run in the race even though girls aren’t allowed. Meanwhile more teenagers disappear and others decide to go and live underground. Will the sick king find out about his son? What will happen to Avery?
What I liked
The whimsy in this book is nice. I could tell this wasn’t meant to be a real time or place. There is definitely a lot of intrigue going on here.
What I didn’t like
I obviously missed a book. I would have liked to have known what the deal with thirteen-year olds was. I’m guessing it’s because the lost heir would be thirteen? I’m not sure.
I kind of feel this idea of the Olympiads is out-of-place in this book. I feel like this is a middle ages type of setting, but yet, the Olympics, which is a Greek thing, has a part in the book. More over, the event is something like the 800 yard dash, which is a modern Olympic event. Sure, maybe people in feudal middle ages kingdoms did compete in running, but it doesn’t seem like a real thing. This is, of course, a fiction work, so maybe it doesn’t matter at all.
The queen is out to get a teenager’s head, better hope you don’t end up dead.
Have you read any books in this series?
Would you run a race you weren’t supposed to run because of your gender?