Come with me to the Middle Ages where honor, faith, courage and danger are inseparable. Meet Ordowahl, ninth son of the king of Nordland, first in arms, and wit, and will, whose eight jealous older brothers require him to leave the kingdom the day he comes of age. Watch Ordowahl confront each new experience: woman, sorcery, battle, intrigue. Watch him conduct duels of wits, war, and wealth. See him grow from infant, child, young adult, into Knight and Prince. Two minor black mages appear, and he must meet them head on, trusting God to lead him through; he ponders his purpose, and learns that humility is one of the ways that Purpose is reinforced. A sonnet heads each chapter, promise: the sonnets ARE readable! Follow the chapter, and watch the lines unroll. By the end of the book, do you think you can tell someone else what it takes to make a "real" sonnet?
Joel's rich, pleasant but keep-the-day-job baritone has found use in numerous choirs, community theater and opera productions, and choral groups, notably the Colorado Springs Choral Society. Hobbies include, now that time permits, driving backup for the local branch of Meals on Wheels. And a second career, now that he is retired, is this series, the saga of Ordowahl! The boring part: late-career patents include: (2010, 2011) RAM chip interfacing, (2012, 2014) file systems, and (2013) CPU chip architecture. A seventh patent, converting ASCII logging procedures to use quick, tiny binary data, is pending.