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Candlemaiden: The Stranger Shore

Candlemaiden: The Stranger Shore

16.7K Reads 1.1K Votes 23 Part Story
Katerina By StormlitFain Completed

[Complete & Featured] Evil spirits. A cursed prince. Death itself in disarray. Iris just wants to go home, but fate has other plans for this young priestess and her odd companions. [Critique Welcome] 
  
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  The land of Erinlin is dying, its ancient traditions choked out by the Kaerent church and its true priestesses, the Candlemaidens, increasingly regarded with fear and suspicion.
    
  All Iris wants is to tend her candles, win her shade battles, and chat with the spirits of her realm. But when she is torn away from her home by the Kaerent king, she learns that her country needs her to be far more than a typical Candlemaiden-- she must be as the legendary priestesses of old and walk through Death itself.
  
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Cover help from the awesome @ArdenBrooks. Special thanks to @rainersalt, @giveitameaning, and @piperjones033 !

What lovely imagery to start off this story. I can already tell this book will be full of beautiful language and sensory details :) I'm already very curious to see what will happen to the girl now that she's coaxed the salamander from the well.
dioscuri01 dioscuri01 Mar 23
Author, this is BEAUTIFUL! I think I'm about to cry at how gracefully this was written! Thank you so much for writing for the enjoyment of others!!! It means so much to me!
dioscuri01 dioscuri01 Mar 23
I'm only in the prologue and this is already rivaling in beauty to that of my favored novel.
CocoNichole CocoNichole Nov 12, 2016
Do you mean 'tawny' as in the color of her skin? If so, I would suggest changing it to 'tawny-skinned child' to clear up any confusion.
CocoNichole CocoNichole Nov 12, 2016
I love the goddesses playing the game of life, which of course intricately links to the lives of humans. From where did you derive their true names? Sket sounded Egyptian, but I wasn't sure.
Wow absolutely beautiful. I gasped as I read each paragraph. There was so much suspense, and you already get a good impression of the world you created and the relationship between the different characters.