The Lilies of Dawn (fantasy novelette, 13,688 words).
A lushly written, lyrical fairy tale of love, duty, family, and one young woman’s coming of age.
There is a lake of marvels. A lake of water lilies that glow with the color of dawn. For generations Kai’s people have harvested these lilies, dependent upon them for the precious medicines they provide.
But now a flock of enchanted cranes has come to steal and poison the harvest. The lilies are dying. Kai’s people are in peril. A mysterious young man from the city thinks he might have a solution. Kai must work with him to solve the mystery of the cranes, and it will take all her courage, love, strength, and wisdom to do what she must to save both the lilies and her people.
“This book has absolutely beautiful story-telling and world building. . . if you love the feeling of good words and perfect phrases, if you love fragile, carefully-crafted magical worlds, this book is for you.”–a review at Quills and Roses
Cover art by Likhain
Published as e-book and paperback from Annorlunda Books. Click on the publisher website for reviews and press!
Additional reviews at Goodreads.
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- Mini-interview with the The Future Fire
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- Story notes here
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Interview with The Future Fire (as part of TFF’s 10th anniversary blog carnival celebration)