The Queen of Xana is an adult fairy story, not for children, and a politial allegory favourable to the common people ahead of the fabulously wealthy. It also contains elements of magic and a few explicit sex scenes. It is the intent of the author that Queen Agatha’s radical political schemes and statements of moral conduct should produce much discussion and controversy among readers.
In the mythical land of Xana, Queen Julia governs as a typical medieval monarch in which the country’s vast wealth is concentrated in a tiny aristocracy. Her daughter, and heiress to the throne, Princess Agatha, is champion of the impoverished commoners.
The evil sorcerer Magi comes to Xana, kills the queen, and ravages aristocrats and commoners alike. Princess Agatha is protected by her fairy godmother, who declares that she can save her people only if she identifies her handsome prince incognito in the crowd on her very first try and makes love to him. She will not have a second chance. She succeeds by being alert when an extraordinary event happens. Then she asserts her right to rule instead of disappearing into pampered obscurity like most fairytale princesses.
Queen Agatha now pursues her dream of creating a society with fairness and justice for all, and bring prosperity to every one of her people. To achieve success she must concoct one radial political scheme after another.
On the way she must deal with corruption on her own council of advisors, a vicious usurer, the school bully, barbarians kidnapping and enslaving her people, and invasion by a foreign army much larger than her own. Her gentle side shows as she nurtures several children of humble background into adult greatness.
But will the prosperity that she has created outlast her own lifetime?
Fred Pilcher is a retired college physics teacher who knows from experience with his pupils that through nurturing, nearly all young people can become productive citizens. His great sadness is that in American society and in many other countries millions of underprivileged children are denied this nurturing. Both the children and their countries are poorer for losing what they could otherwise produce.
As a scientist, Fred understands that critical thinking and following where the evidence leads are the only reliable ways to understand the real world.
Away from the real world of hard evidence, Fred reads science fiction and fantasy. His favourite childhood movie was the Walt Disney 1950 cartoon, Cinderella, and he greatly admires women who are both strong and compassionate.
Fred brings together all of these ingredients in this story of a princess who becomes a wise and inspired queen with a personal mission to achieve productivity, prosperity, and happiness for all of her people.
Fred says “In describing her means to achieve her glorious dream, I have, through a series of adventures, presented numerous viewpoints of moral, educational, and political philosophy with which readers may agree or disagree. If these viewpoints stimulate vigorous discussion and argumentation, pro and con analysis, and the like, then this book will have achieved a useful place in the world of literature.”