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What if you had to choose between letting your sister die or saving the land you are sworn to protect?
Be warned. Beware. Enter this Kingdom only if you dare.
Some days being Queen just isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Having regained her throne—or so Kandide thinks—by thwarting the merciless Lady Aron, she is faced with even greater threats.
When Kandide’s sister, Tara, mysteriously disappears, her wannabe wizard brother, Teren, and an Imperfect named Jake set off on a perilous journey to find the Bardic Council. They hope to discover the secret to breaking the spell that holds Tara captive. What they learn is far more mysterious and treacherous.
While Teren and Jake try to survive, Kandide uncovers a plot by the Banshee nation to invade Calabiyau. Her army is outnumbered three to one. Convinced that her own Council members are involved in this treachery, she finds herself in a desperate struggle of magic and might that could cost both her kingdom and her sister's life.
What if everything you love is suddenly gone?
And everything you fear is all you have?
Welcome to Calabiyau. Still a teen in human years, Kandide is the personification of perfection. She is also spoiled beyond belief and vain beyond control. You won’t like her when you first meet her. Nevertheless, she is heir to Calabiyau’s throne 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 sends her to a treacherous land where strange beasts roam the dark lifeless forest, and even stranger Fée rule its 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 sister and their land. They must challenge the darkest of forces to face an evil far worse than ever imagined. Calaiyau is forever changed. Or is it?
What The Critics Say...
“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 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
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