Introduction

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A Note from the Author:

Hello, my fellow readers and thank you for taking the time to read A Celestial Requiem. The story is inspired by my own experiences and love for mythology and Chinese dramas. I hope that you'll fall in love with the story as well as the characters as I have while writing about their journey.

Please be aware that this is currently a first draft. With that being said, I do welcome feedback - both positive and constructive criticism so long as it is done in a respectful manner. If there's something that you absolutely dislike and you feel like leaving a hateful comment, don't. I'm not forcing you to read this but I am hoping that you will give the book a chance to understand why I love writing it.

There are times when Mandarin is used. Despite having Chinese roots, I am not fluent in this language nor do I claim to be knowledgeable about it. I've asked a friend who is fluent in Mandarin to check it, but if you notice any typos or misusage, please let me know and I'll fix it as soon as possible.

If you ever have any questions, please feel free to leave an in-line comment. I do my best to respond to every comment even if I may be months late to the party.

Happy reading!

꧁༺࿅ིཽ• -- •❈• -- •࿅ིཽ༻꧂

Copyright Notice and Art Credit:

The current cover is done by Alli May (eosophobias) and the graphic is done by Isabelle (Wizard-Hunter). Use or editing of these graphics is not permitted under any circumstances whatsoever.

Copyright © 2017-2019 by Luli Xú.

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the publisher, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical reviews and certain other noncommercial uses permitted by copyright law.

꧁༺࿅ིཽ• -- •❈• -- •࿅ིཽ༻꧂

About the Realm of Naestrirea:

The Realm of Naestrirea is a fictional realm that I created for this series. It is composed of thirteen nations, each housing different creatures. Wuzhen is a Chinese influenced nation that is home to humans, yaoguai (Chinese demons), and various types of dragons. This is where the story will take place.

Other nations will be gradually introduced into the story. You can flip over to the next chapter to see the map and learn about what other creatures will be featured in this series. A glossary has been prepared and is available at the end of the novel.

Naestrirea used to be united and prosperous. Everyone could be friends with anyone and visit any country they wanted to. However, with the coming of the Tarot, wars and battles fueled by greed and revenge have torn apart the realm.

All Tarot cards come with a price and shouldn't be used no matter the reason. Each casting tears away at the contractor's mind and/or body, in rare cases, both. No one knows the side effects of each card and that should make the contractor more wary of the divine consequences. The Tarot are believed to bring about two possible outcomes: stability or chaos.

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