I have published (quite on spur of the moment) the very story that began my long-lasting relationship with the Upper Kingdom and its High Ladies. Also, my first attempt at fantasy. I didn't have a book cover, of course, so I used one of my old sketches of Almendra. I know it's not an ideal solution, but that's the only one I have for the moment. I might come up with a better cover later on. I'm not even sure why I've decided to re-publish this story after so many years. I was just overwhelmed by the need to do so. I bet I'm the only one who publishes books just like that... Do I dare to urge you to give it a try? Why, yes, I do! I bet you've never read anything of the kind!
Almendra, the High Lady of The Upper Kingdom, is doomed. Many years ago, in a fit of rage and broken heart, her mother banished all the men from the country and plunged it into unhappiness, loneliness and gloom. For many years Almendra’s only companions were her old Nanny and her faithful friend Woo, the wolf. Now Almendra faces a daunting task of going to The Land of Men and getting rid of the curse. But she doesn’t know the way and she has never seen a man in her life.
In comes Joannah Nibbler-Pincher, a girl with a tambourine, a bag of sad songs and a thick black choker that hides the mystery of her painful past. She and Almendra become best friends and Joannah takes it upon herself to take the High Lady and her unconventional family to The Land of Men, where Almendra intends to find love that, according to a fate line left by her mother, will have the power to restore The Upper Kingdom to all its former glory. But it’s a long way to The Land of Men and the outcome of the journey will change Almendra forever.