Dawn of Defiance is the second volume of the thrilling fantasy short story series, Kingdom of Destiny. The Rising is the fourth of five episodes within the volume.A recent college graduate finds himself in an alternate world he never knew existed. Dealing with castles, kings, and betrayal, he will have to use his considerable wits if he is going to face his fate in the Kingdom of Destiny.Ryder has spent all of his life dreaming of what lies beyond his fathers small Baricoan farm. But when a mysterious man falls at his feet from the sky, he finds himself caught in a whirlwind of dangerous adventure that transports him beyond any dream he could have imagined. Now he has no choice but to venture into the unfamiliar territory of his kingdoms greatest enemy. However, when he and his companions are forced to flee south to avoid the greedy emperor, Ryder discovers an oppressed people desperate for relief and inadvertently lays the foundations for the lands Dawn of Defiance.Ryder is distressed to learn Meika has fallen into trouble once again. But with Xanders deepest secret revealed, he may have just the advantage he needs to get her back. And he will do everything in his power to do just that.