In the remote land of Taron on planet Cygnore, the kingdoms of Bara and Rion are at war. Being sworn enemies, any intimate relationship between a Baran and Rionean is strictly forbidden, and death is the customary punishment for any offenders.
Marcus and Zelda, the runaway prince and princess of Bara and Rion, had a life on Earth. They adopted two children Jack and Brianna and had a child of their own, whom they named Bo. For twelve years, they lived happily and peacefully under the name of ‘Goodman’. Then one day they simply disappeared.
Much to the bafflement and distress of their children, Marcus and Zelda have actually returned to their home planet. While Princess Zelda is held captive by the scheming Lord Shusha, Prince Marcus is facing his own problems: if the rumour of his relationship with Princess Zelda is found to be true, it is not just his crown, but his life, that is in danger. But Marcus has lost his memory and can remember neither his passion for Zelda, nor his family life on Earth. Lord Shusha takes this opportunity to plot to make Prince Mapolos the king. Prince Mapolos is a violent and ill-natured man who is secretly Lord Shusha’s son, and so is not a legitimate prince. To become king, the laws of Taron say that Mapolos must be physically fit, but he has been disfigured since birth. Worse still, he does not have the “sovereign’s glow” – a genetic feature passed on by a king to his children.
Bo, the son of a prince of Bara and a princess of Rion, has the ultimate sovereign’s genes.
Earth is slowly dying from energy starvation, and the lives of much of the population are in a dire plight. Energy-rich “blue-moon” stone is abundant in the land of Taron; if Dr Pentland, and his small team of scientists from Earth, can treat Prince Mapolos’ disfigurement and transfer into him Bo’s sovereign’s genes, then Mapolos will become king, and Lord Shusha will give Earth the blue-moon stones it needs to survive.
The Story of Children of Swan: Land of Taron : Vol 1
It seemed that nothing could be worse than waking up one morning to find their parents have disappeared and their young brother Bo bawling his eyes out, but for Jack and Brianna, the squabbling teenage sibling rivals, the worst was yet to come.
A train of unpredictable events leads them to an artificial island in space named Skorpias, where a small, silver-haired professor and his alien creatures live. In shock and disbelief, Jack and Brianna learn from the professor that their parents are from the remote land of Taron on planet Cygnore. What’s more, their father Marcus is a prince of Bara and their mother Zelda a princess of Rion, two kingdoms of Taron that are sworn enemies.
Bo is kidnapped from Skorpias. In hot-headed pursuit, Jack and Brianna plunge into a wormhole that takes them to Taron, little realising that their appearance there would prove their parents guilty of betraying their kingdoms, and condemn them to death.
Jack and Brianna are caught by locals and brought to an arena. In bewilderment and dismay, Jack finds himself fettered to a wall and examined by a smouldering-eyed and blue-skinned young woman of Bara, Lady Cici.
The Story of Children of Swan: Land of Taron : Vol 2
Lady Cici wants Jack to live, but not for Jack’s sake.
Though the prospect of marrying a prince preserves her sanity, Cici’s heart is still in anguish over the death of her childhood sweetheart, Ornardo. Being Lord Shusha’s daughter, she has learned many arcane crafts. Injecting the soul of a dead person into a living body is one of them.
Jack slips into a helpless stupor and wakes up to find himself in a very strange situation. His body is painted blue, Lady Cici calls him ‘Ornardo’ and gazes at him with eyes glittering with passion. He realises, to his utter horror, that he is no longer the master of his own body, which is now occupied by two souls.
To his bewilderment, Ornardo, the master of Jack’s body, is also tormented. The long sleep he has just woken up from, the realization of his own death and the death of his parents, and, above all, the unknown fate of Lizi, his beloved sister, fills Ornardo with dread and despair. Jack and Ornardo discover that Lizi is alive, and that she is in danger. Ornardo must save her, but he cannot save her alone – he needs Jack’s help.
Dr. Pentland is troubled: genes don’t lie. Prince Mapolos is not a legitimate prince, that is why his genes are incompatible with Bo’s. If the treatment goes ahead, Prince Mapolos would be killed as the result of it. If Dr. Pentland is ever to get the energy-rich “blue-moon” stones needed to save the Earth, a miracle is needed.
Brianna is the miracle, Teilo knows it, the land of Taron knows it. She will become a targar woman, the hope of the land, if only she swallows the Pearl of Targar. However, Lord Shusha and Dr. Pentland know that after swallowing the magical pearl Brianna will develop healing powers, and they devise a plan to use her extraordinary abilities to make the treatment of Prince Mapolos a success. Then Prince Mapolos will have a chance to become king, and Earth will prosper once more.
The Story of Children of Swan: Land of Taron : Vol 3
The fanfare resounds and the stage is set for Lady Cici’s engagement to Prince Marcus. But she feels dreadful because she no longer wants to marry Marcus; Ornardo is all she wants. But does Ornardo, with his mind and soul full of his sister and his dead family, still love her as he did before?
Lord Shusha suggests to Cici that she and Ornardo have a picnic, just as they used to. Perhaps the repetition of a past event will bring back Ornardo’s affection for her. Cici jumps at the idea, and Ornardo is also enthusiastic about the picnic.
For Jack, however, it is exhausting to watch. There is no doubt that Ornardo is enjoying himself — re-enacting a picnic that ended mysteriously and tragically in the past — but Jack feels he is just being dragged along. Ornardo throws himself into the picnic with such conviction and vigour that it is almost as if he believes deep inside that, if he repeats the event with the utmost optimism, he can rewind the past to a certain instant and then head forward on a new path .
The promise of Brianna’s healing power is diminished by her complete aversion to Prince Mapolos. If she cannot be coaxed to exert her healing influence on his behalf, then she must be forced. The theatre is set, the wheel is turning, Bo’s small body is glowing under the moonbeams. Prince Mapolos, with his veins connected to the tubes, is in a feverish state, pacing incessantly, like a trapped animal that smells blood.
It is like a magic show — the deformed man disappears, and in his place a well-proportioned, trim young man stands, glowing like the blue moon in a pale sky. It is the sovereign’s glow. Prince Mapolos has been transformed, with every cell in his blood containing the ruling gene segments cut from Bo’s DNA, he is now the heir apparent.
For Prince Mapolos only one more thing remains to be done: it is time to accuse Prince Marcus of treason and rid the kingdom of him and his loathsome children.
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