What if everything you love is suddenly taken away?
And everything you fear is your only hope?
Still a teen in human years, Kandide is spoiled beyond belief, vain beyond control, and the personification of perfection. You won't like her when you first meet her. Nonetheless, she is heir to the throne of Calabiyau and the keeper of the "Gift"--the key to the survival for all Fée.
When a terrible accident leaves her less than perfect, her own mother mercilessly casts her away to a treacherous land where strange, hideous beasts roam the dark lifeless forest, and even stranger Fée rule this secret kingdom. If she is to survive, Kandide must battle terrifying creatures, as well as her own internal repulsion for the 'Imperfects' she is now like. But that is just the beginning of her troubles. Within Calabiyau a presence far more deadly is emerging.
Kandide's prankster brother, Teren, her tomboy sister, Tara, and a group of misfit Imperfects set off on a perilous journey to save their land and themselves. They must challenge the darkest of forces and face an evil far worse than any she could have imagined.
What the critics are saying...
“Kandide gives its readers one captivating, enthralling adventure after another.” — Los Angeles Newspaper Group
“There is plenty of action and strife to spice up the plot.” -- VOYA
"There really isn’t much that can be said about Diana Zimmerman’s "Kandide" that isn’t covered under "bravo!" Kandide and the Secret of the Mists is a wonderfully magical adventure that creates an involving tale of fear, loss, and redemption. Strewn all over the land of Calabiyau (namesake of the trilogy) are vivid details that bring the world of the Fée to undeniable life." — Nothing Binding
Kandide and The Lady's Revenge
Available November 2014
What if you had to chose between the life of your sister and the future of
the land you are sworn to protect?
Having regained her throne—or so she thinks—by thrawrting the powerful and merciless Lady Aron, Kandide is faced with even greater threats. Her sister, Princess Tara, is tricked into going to the aid of the dying Banshee King, only to mysteriously disappear. Tara's wannabe wizard brother, Teren, and an Imperfect named Jake set off on a perilous journey to find the Bardic Council in hopes they can discover the secret to release the spell that holds Tara captive. What they discover is more dangerous than their journey.
In the meantime, Kandide learns of a plot by the Banshee nation to invade Calabiyau. Her army is severely out numbered. Convinced that Lady Aron is involved in this trechery, Kandide finds herself in a desperate struggle of magic and might that forces her to choose between saving her sister and destroying her beloved Calabiyau.
“Kandide is at the crossroads of invention and imagination. Zimmerman’s character variety provides moral conflict amid a fantasy component, where life-changing epiphanies are discovered along with fanciful adventures in pomegranate meadows, palaces, dark woods, and underwater caverns. You’ll be absorbed into “Kandide and the Secret of the Mists” as if you were making the journey yourself. Zimmerman’s gentle, descriptive prose perches on the edge of poetry.” — Las Vegas Around the Clock
"This author knows her way around the redemptive tale. Diana S. Zimmerman does not stop at portraying fully fleshed lead characters. Set in the magical land of Calabiyau, Kandide is a must-read for all who treasure books and the finer impulses of human nature.”
— Air America Radio