The King’s Diamond
Damalepazhur is the king of a land long ago and far away, and he really needs the fabled diamond he’s heard of for protection. The diamond is a young man named Ketu, a fisherman, and he reluctantly joins the palace household, and learns to have a fondness for the king, even of court life is strange to him.
When a stranger comes to the city and tries to turn the people against Damalepazhur, Ketu steps in to so his job, revealing the identity, and the plot of the stranger, putting himself right in the path of danger. Will Damalepazhur be able to thank Ketu the way he wants to?
Out of print.
The King’s Diamond 2: Shooting Star
Ketu is the king’s consort and the king’s diamond, a gift provided by the gods. Ketu loves Damalepazhur deeply, but still asks himself what is his true purpose in life. Is it only to look after Damal, or is there something more?
Troubled by doubts about his place in the kingdom and in court, Ketu fills his days with looking after Damal’s household and children, and helping anyone who comes to him for assistance. When people try to worship him as the Face of Azhur, the child of their main god, Ketu tells them only to live good lives. He enjoys a passionate, if sometimes frustrating, relationship with Damal, but even this makes him wonder if he’ll end up like former diamonds after the king’s death, despairing and alone.
Hoping to cheer him, Damal takes Ketu to the newly-restored summer palace, where they enjoy each other’s company and explore the countryside. Seers warn Ketu about Damal’s recklessness, but he puts them out of his mind until Damal’s life hangs by a thread. Only then does Ketu explore the full depth of his powers and what it means to be a gift from the gods.
Out of print.