Enjoy this short story preview to the world of The Elements of Kamdaria. Available now on Amazon and free to read with Kindle Unlimited.
Talise can manipulate the elements with ease, but it may be harder to escape her past.
Talise is from the Storm–the crime-laden and desperate outer ring of the continent of Kamdaria. The only way to escape the outer ring is to compete before the emperor and become Master Shaper.
As the only student from the Storm, Talise fights harder than anyone to win the competition. But she isn’t the only student with impressive talent.
When competition day arrives, her honor is put to the test and only her shaping can save her.
Fans of Red Queen and Avatar the Last Airbender will love this fast-paced dystopian fantasy. Ice and Fire is twenty-eight pages of fascinating elemental magic and a revenge story that will leave you guessing.
Excerpt from Ice and Fire (The Elements of Kamdaria)
Talise pinned him with one of her most wicked glares, hoping he would squirm in his seat. The entire point of this competition was to win honor. If Aaden mocked his elder so openly, he had no business winning anything at all. Unfortunately, her glare did nothing but make Aaden chuckle and run a hand through his hair coolly.
“You’re just afraid I’ll win. Maybe you can manipulate ice, but my fire sculptures are more detailed than anything the emperor has ever seen.”
She grumbled to herself the whole way to the train because like it or not, Aaden was right. In their class of twenty, she and Aaden were the only ones with any real chance of winning.
As the last person on the train, she didn’t have the chance to sit anywhere except the seat in the very back. Right next to her least favorite person. Aaden didn’t bother to acknowledge her existence as the train rolled away.
Instead, he held his palms out in front of him and narrowed his eyes until flames appeared above his hands. The flames quickly formed into trees. The branches growing out of the burning trunk looked just like real branches.
It took Talise far too much concentration to not be mesmerized as the flame trees grew in Aaden’s palms. Soon, little blossoms popped out from the branches, perfectly mirroring the cherry blossoms that covered each of the trees surrounding the palace.
Forgetting her anger, Talise leaned forward to get a closer look. Aaden’s detail had always been exquisite, but this surpassed anything she’d ever seen him do before.
Without warning, a few branches grew out of control until one licked her face. “Hey,” she said, putting a hand to her cheek. “You burned me.”
The flame trees vanished, and Aaden turned to her with a sneer. “Then use your ice shaping to heal it.” He turned away without a trace of guilt.
Her jaw flexed as she clenched her teeth together. She had pushed ice through her fingers and against her cheek already, but what if he’d been sitting by anybody else? He should have been more careful. And besides, they weren’t supposed to practice on the train anyway. Mrs. Dew had been telling them for weeks.
Just as Talise prepared to give him the lecture of the century, sharp footsteps brought her gaze to the train aisle.
“Aaden,” Mrs. Dew said with no small amount of contempt. “Were you shaping on the train?”
“No,” Aaden said, looking straight into Mrs. Dew’s eyes.
Talise let out a huff. “You compete for honor, yet you lie to your elder like it’s nothing? You don’t deserve to win, no matter how detailed your fire sculptures are.”
Aaden held his chin high wearing a face that declared she was lying, not him.
“Was he shaping, Talise?” Mrs. Dew asked her. For a moment, her breath stilled. If he admitted to lying, he would be punished. But if he said nothing, and she told the truth for him, his punishment would be much more severe. She stayed silent for a few breaths, giving him the chance to come clean.
More Info about Ice and Fire (The Elements of Kamdaria)
Ice and Fire was originally published here on my website as part of my short story series. The original title was Crown of Ice. The title and book cover were changed so it would better match the rest of the series. See the original post here.
Don’t miss the other books in the series!
The Elements of Kamdaria by Kay L Moody
- Ice and Fire (Preview short story)
- Ice Crown (The Elements of Kamdaria Book 1)
- Wind Crown (The Elements of Kamdaria Book 2)
- Dust Crown (The Elements of Kamdaria Book 3)
- Flame Crown (The Elements of Kamdaria Book 4)
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