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The Bee Keeper's Daughter (The Kingdom of Meridian Book 1) by [Serei, Shian]
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The Beekeepers Daughter is the first of five books in the Kingdom of Meridian Series. The story begins with Maria, a young woman struggling to survive in medieval Russia. Through a series of tragic events, she must travel across Northwestern Russia to find safety with relatives in a distant city. Along the way, her conservative life in a village fades as she navigates a new world filled with danger. Her experience becomes a personal journey in trust, adventure, love and destiny. 
You are about to be taken on an exciting journey filled with folklore, Russian history, and romantic encounters. The pace is fast as Maria travels North on the Volga River trying to evade Tatar soldiers seeking to return her to Rostov. Armed only with a handful of items and the knowledge her parents gave her; she must trust her life to complete strangers while learning to survive in a world where nothing is as it seems. Her story unfolds with chaotic twists that drive her to a destiny far greater than she ever imagined.
A word about Russian culture, you'll notice the names shifting a bit during the dialogue between characters. This shift is intentional and is a key element in how conversations take place, beginning with full formal names and then as the familiarity grows the names 'soften'.  For example 'Maria' becomes 'Masha' or 'Manya'.  Mikhail becomes Misha, Svetlana becomes Sveta and Natalya becomes Natasha or Natalie. This trend continues throughout the book and reveals when the characters are formal, friendly, serious or playful. 
It was my wish to make this a historically and geographically accurate tale, but there were some points where a fact had to be sacrificed for the greater good of the story. I hope you can embrace the fictional detours as a means to further enjoy the book. 
-Shiån Serei
Language Notes: The story is replete with anglicized words, meant to capture the color of Russian and other languages. These words are written in the way they are pronounced, as a benefit to the reader. You'll find an index at the end of the book with the complete translation of each phrase. 

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The Kingdom of Meridian
Volume I
The Bee Keeper's Daughter
Shiån Serei
Copyright © Aurous Publishing, 2010 - Present
ISBN-13: 978-0997129113 // ISBN-10: 0997129115
 
Dedication
For Masha, the inspiring girl from Omsk, who started it all.
Chapters
  1. DEDICATION3
  2. CHAPTERS4
  3. PREFACE7
  4. ONE NIGHT IN ROSTOV9
  5. YA NE BOYUS18
  6. PASSAGE TO YAROSLAVL28
  7. OXANA'S TAVERN36
  8. FROM THOSE WITH THE LEAST TO SHARE45
  9. KUPALA56
  10. ARE YOU SLEEPING?67
  11. PORT MOLOGO75
  12. FIREFLIES ON THE VOLGA85
  13. THE POWER OF WORDS94
  14. A STORM AT MIDNIGHT102
  15. WEFT THREADS108
  16. THE UNEXPECTED BARBER117
  17. CHEROPOVETS128
  18. DARK AND FORBIDDEN143
  19. A PIE FOR THE CAPTAIN152
  20. MASHA, RUN!161
  21. MY NAME IS VLADIMIR178
  22. THE GIANT OF LAKE BELOYA193
  23. SCARS, DAMAGE, CONTROL204
  24. THE MERCHANT213
  25. THE GIRL FROM THESSALONIKI227
  26. THE WITCH OF BESOV238
  27. A KISS UNDER THE NORTHERN LIGHTS249
  28. DOWN THE SVIR RIVER258
  29. MERMAIDS IN LAKE LADOGA269
  30. FAREWELL KUPALA279
  31. THE MIRROR FROM KIEV286
  32. TWO CHURCHES IN NEVA294
  33. FINDING NINA KAMAROVA303
  34. QUOT ANNORUM ES?315
  35. KONSTANTIN'S APPRENTICE328
  36. A SHIP WITH THREE MASTS339
  37. EXODUS FROM NEVA350
  38. LIFE ABOARD THE UKKO357
  39. REVAL369
  40. A FAMILIAR FACE384
  41. BREAKFAST391
  42. NIGHT IN PORT397
  43. POMERALIA409
  44. TROUBLE IN THE BALTIC424
  45. TRIAL AT SEA433
  46. THE MAGIC TEA441
  47. FAREWELL AT KOPENHAVEN456
  48. THE MAN FROM MAMLUK470
  49. CONFINED TO THE GALLEY482
  50. THE PORT OF POOLE487
  51. END OF VOLUME, I OF V502
  52. TRANSLATION INDEX503
 
Preface
The Beekeepers Daughter is the first of five books in the Kingdom of Meridian Series. The story begins with Maria, a young woman struggling to survive in medieval Russia. Through a series of tragic events, she must travel across Northwestern Russia to find safety with relatives in a distant city. Along the way, her conservative life in a village fades as she navigates a new world filled with danger. Her experience becomes a personal journey in trust, adventure, love and destiny. 
You are about to be taken on an exciting journey filled with folklore, Russian history, and romantic encounters. The pace is fast as Maria travels North on the Volga River trying to evade Tatar soldiers seeking to return her to Rostov. Armed only with a handful of items and the knowledge her parents gave her; she must trust her life to complete strangers while learning to survive in a world where nothing is as it seems. Her story unfolds with chaotic twists that drive her to a destiny far greater than she ever imagined.
A word about Russian culture, you'll notice the names shifting a bit during the dialogue between characters. This shift is intentional and is a key element in how conversations take place, beginning with full formal names and then as the familiarity grows the names 'soften'.  For example 'Maria' becomes 'Masha' or 'Manya'.  Mikhail becomes Misha, Svetlana becomes Sveta and Natalya becomes Natasha or Natalie. This trend continues throughout the book and reveals when the characters are formal, friendly, serious or playful. 
It was my wish to make this a historically and geographically accurate tale, but there were some points where a fact had to be sacrificed for the greater good of the story. I hope you can embrace the fictional detours as a means to further enjoy the book. 
-Shiån Serei
Language Notes: The story is replete with anglicized words, meant to capture the color of Russian and other languages. These words are written in the way they are pronounced, as a benefit to the reader. You'll find an index at the end of the book with the complete translation of each phrase. 

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  • File Size: 1957 KB
  • Print Length: 506 pages
  • Publisher: Aurous Publishing; 1 edition (May 29, 2016)
  • Publication Date: May 29, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01GC2L4KO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
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