Nemesis: Knight by Michael D. Young

Book 2 of the Chess Quest Series

A nerdy teenager finds out that he is descended from a long line of white knights tasked at balancing out the evil in the world.

Nemesis: knight

With two out of his four quests to become a paladin completed, Rich Witz fears the hardest part is yet to come. His nemesis, a dark knight in training, has already shown his terrible power, and Rich barely escaped with his life. Not only does he need to figure out how to pass the final two tests, but also a way to defeat his enemy once and for all. He knows his nemesis is disguised as a regular person at his school, and his list of suspects just keeps growing. With only a few days left, Rich must find out for himself if he has what it takes to become a knight—and to save his family.

Genre: FICTION / Fantasy / General

Language: English

Keywords: knights, chess, fantasy, adventure, youngadult

Word Count: 37,981

Sample text:

Rich stared at the ceiling fan in his room, trying to slow his breathing to its normal rate. Ever since his grandmother had forbidden him to look for his dad, he couldn’t focus on anything else. His schoolwork and even his quest seemed like nothing next to that.

He kept his feelings inside until he felt like he might burst like an overfilled water balloon. Rich jumped off his bed and wheeled on Aaron, his guide through his quest, who still lay on the other bed. His anger gave an uncomfortable sting to his eyes. “Aaron, do you know what my grandmother’s talking about? This place where my father went missing? You do, don’t you?”

Aaron’s lips twitched, and he glanced furtively to the side.

“Aaron,” Rich said, “what aren’t you telling me?”

Aaron glanced around as if afraid someone might be listening.

Rich shot forward and grabbed Aaron roughly by the robe. “Aaron, listen to me. I’ve had it. Now tell me what you know, or so help me, I’ll leave now and go after him myself. How would you like that?”

For once, it took Aaron a moment to find something to say. “All right,” he squeaked. “Do you think you could put me down first?”

Rich put him down and looked away. “Oh, wow. I’m sorry, Aaron. I really don’t know where that all came from. I’m not usually…”

“It’s okay. I know,” Aaron said. “This place where your father has gone—it’s a labyrinth called the Corridor of Keys. It’s a massive maze with thousands and thousands of doors, each one linked to a key. When someone goes in, chances are, he doesn’t make it back out.”

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Already translated. Translated by Tochukwu Benedict Ezeifekwuaba
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