Talise can manipulate the elements with ease. But if she clings to the past, her future will crumble. Fans of Red Queen and The Grishaverse will love this heart-wrenching fantasy.
It’s an honor to train at the academy.
Talise is from the Storm, the crime-laden and desperate outer ring of the continent of Kamdaria. Each day, mere survival nearly takes away her ability to manipulate the elements.
Her only chance to escape is to train at the academy and eventually become Master Shaper. Talise knows the stakes, but she also fears what she must leave behind.
Her future awaits, but only if she can stop clinging to the past.
Excerpt from Ice Crown (The Elements of Kamdaria Book 1)
It was an honor to train at the academy.
Talise recited the words to herself over and over again as she stood stiff backed in the crowded deck of the riverboat. If chosen, she’d be ripped away from the home and family she loved. She’d leave behind the life she knew. All to train at the academy. An honor.
It didn’t seem so great to her.
A stuffy, humid heat hung thick in the air of the lowest deck. The lowest deck had no windows, offering no sunlight and no view of the river to help with seasickness. Two small lanterns hung from the ceiling, each giving off a flickering glow. Whenever the boat jostled, several people were thrown off balance.
Marmie gripped Talise by the shoulders, tucking her into the corner where no one could hurt her. The top of Talise’s head only barely reached Marmie’s elbow, which meant she couldn’t do much to free herself from the corner. Instead, she folded her arms over her chest and pouted. They’d been saving for this trip for months. Two years really. They had always known it would lead here. She always imagined it would be less stuffy and more exciting.
Most people from the outer ring of the continent—or the Storm as it was usually called—couldn’t shape. Talise had the ability to mold and manipulate elements while most of her neighbors in the Storm could only worry about their next meal.
The academy would be safer than her harrowing and vicious life in the outer ring. She wanted to leave the Storm, but she didn’t like the idea of being away from Marmie.
“Almost there,” Marmie said, her voice like honey and sparkles. She looked down at Talise and gave her a smile that was meant to ease fears. It helped a little but not enough.
Especially because the riverboat jostled again, and a heavy-set man lost his balance, nearly toppling Marmie to the ground. Talise let herself be tucked behind Marmie’s skirts after that.
She didn’t understand why they had to ride in the lowest deck at all when both the higher decks had plenty of room. At least up there she could feel a misty breeze on her face and smell the wet soil.
Truthfully, she did know why they stood in the lowest deck. It was the same reason they didn’t have enough food and couldn’t learn to read. They were from the Storm. They were the lowliest members of the continent of Kamdaria. Criminals, thieves, murderers.
Once people were sent to the Storm, they never left. Even if the original crimes had been committed ten generations earlier, people still never left the Storm. They never left because life in the Storm required crime.
It required stealing from trade wagons just so there would be a slice of bread for dinner. It required threatening guards so they wouldn’t torment a neighbor. It required saving rainwater just so there would be something to drink after a day of labor.
Why it was illegal to save rainwater didn’t make any sense to Talise. No one from the Storm could shape the water, so it was far from dangerous. It just seemed like another way to control the people. Another way to force the people to commit crimes, which then forced them to stay in the Storm. Where they belonged.
People never left the Storm. Never. Especially not children who were seven years old.
Unless they got into the academy.
Don’t miss the other books in the series!
The Elements of Kamdaria by Kay L Moody
- 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)
- River Gate (The Elements of Kamdaria Book 5)
- Smoke Gate (The Elements of Kamdaria Book 6)
- Vine Gate (The Elements of Kamdaria Book 7)
- Ember Gate (The Elements of Kamdaria Book 8)
- Water Storm (The Elements of Kamdaria Book 9)
- Air Storm (The Elements of Kamdaria Book 10)
- Earth Storm (The Elements of Kamdaria Book 11)
- Fire Storm (The Elements of Kamdaria Book 12)
Or get the paperback bundles that include 4 novellas each
- The Elements of the Crown (paperback bundle that includes novellas 1-4: Ice Crown, Wind Crown, Dust Crown, and Flame Crown)
- The Elements of the Gate (paperback bundle that includes novellas 5-8: River Gate, Smoke Gate, Vine Gate, and Ember Gate)
- The Elements of the Storm (paperback bundle that includes novellas 9-12: Water Storm, Air Storm, Earth Storm, and Fire Storm)
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