Kandide and The Lady's Revenge
Available December 2014
What if you had to chose between the life of your sister and the future of the kingdom you're sworn to protect?
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 powerful and merciless Lady Aron, she 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 find the Bardic Council in hopes of discovering the secret to releasing the spell that holds Tara captive. What they find are caves with tornados, stalactites that drop to form prison cells, and mountain paths that take them two steps backward for every step forward. What they ultimately learn is far more treacherous than their journey.
While they are gone, Kandide learns of a plot by the Banshee nation to invade Calabiyau. Her army is severely out numbered. Convinced that one her own Council members is involved in this treachery, 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