Candlewax [NOOK Book]

Overview

An Ancient Prophecy
A Powerful Relic
An Insatiable Evil
When all three converge, the fate of every living thing will be in peril.

All her life Catherine had hoped to see a fairrier cat. No book, no scroll provided to her by her tutors had ever mentioned this legend, much ...
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Candlewax

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Overview

An Ancient Prophecy
A Powerful Relic
An Insatiable Evil
When all three converge, the fate of every living thing will be in peril.

All her life Catherine had hoped to see a fairrier cat. No book, no scroll provided to her by her tutors had ever mentioned this legend, much to her frustration, and now--at the worst possible time--she was getting her wish. Only, in her wish the cat wasn't about to kill her.

A 732-year-old fairrier cat the size of a horse has killed his fair share of hunters. Driven to the brink of extinction for the supernatural powers of his coat, is he indeed the last of his kind?

Sheltered, sixteen-year-old Catherine is about to find out. Unwitting heir to the Ancient Onyxes, she flees an arranged marriage only to stumble upon the cat's secrets, the force of the ancient relic she wears, and the dangerous mission they must undertake.

Hidden under a desert that was once a fertile land, millions of predators are waiting to feast again. Catherine must discover the secret of the Ancient Onyxes and stop the creatures known as trodliks before they consume everything in their path. A whispered prophecy becomes her only guide and a rejected suitor just might be the one warrior she desperately needs.

C. Bailey Sims delivers a medieval masterpiece of adventure, romance and horror in the epic Candlewax.

Candlewax is the winner of Connecticut's Tassy Walden Award for New Voices in Children's Literature, Young Adult category. For boys and girls ages 12 and up.
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Editorial Reviews

Michelle Keener
“Candlewax by C. Bailey Sims brings a breath of fresh air to the Young Adult fantasy genre.”
Sarah Kovach
“…fast-paced, and engrossing. It leaves your senses in overdrive.”
Bill Tillman
"one rip roaring adventure."
Scott Asher
"If you’re a fan of classic fantasy and fairytales, you should definitely read Candlewax."
Leigh Collazo
"May I please move to Candlewax? The world-building in this book is incredible! From majestic castles to burning forests of Candlewax trees to the unforgiving land of Cinna, the fantasy world is breathtakingly beautiful and cold and evil at the same time.

READALIKES: Graceling (Cashore); Legacy (Kluver); The Seer and the Sword (Hanley); Dragonfly (Golding)

When the book is published, I will definitely be getting a copy for my library. Great for middle schools!"
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014176422
  • Publisher: Terabyte Press
  • Publication date: 3/30/2012
  • Series: Candlewax Story Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 255,581
  • File size: 616 KB

Meet the Author

C. Bailey Sims was born in California and as a teenager moved to the Colorado Rockies where she attended a very small high school, learned how to ski race, ride a horse, mountain climb, and target shoot at tin cans. She now lives with her family in the much tamer but equally beautiful hills of Connecticut in a very creative household of artists and musicians. Of Candlewax she says, "This was a book that I had to write. Spelopokos wouldn't leave me alone until I finished it."
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2013

    First off I would like to say that this book is amazing. The plo

    First off I would like to say that this book is amazing. The plot structure, character development and gripping story really pulled me in. C. Bailey Simms is a fantastic author and I cannot wait for the sequel. I feel like this is YA fiction that adults and kids can read too. The main character Catherine goes through so much throughout that story and you can barely lift your head from the page. This is not like any other fantasy novel you have read, although fans of Harry Potter and Ella Enchanted would love it. So what are you waiting for? Buy the book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2013

    First off I would like to say that this book is amazing. The plo

    First off I would like to say that this book is amazing. The plot structure, character development and gripping story really pulled me in. C. Bailey Simms is a fantastic author and I cannot wait for the sequel. I feel like this is YA fiction that adults and kids can read too. The main character Catherine goes through so much throughout that story and you can barely lift your head from the page. This is not like any other fantasy novel you have read, although fans of Harry Potter and Ella Enchanted would love it. So what are you waiting for? Buy the book!

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  • Posted May 21, 2012

    Loved this book! Had a hard time putting it down. Can't wait f

    Loved this book! Had a hard time putting it down. Can't wait for the sequel.

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  • Posted April 24, 2012

    I really enjoyed reading this book; one of the best first books

    I really enjoyed reading this book; one of the best first books I've ever read. Ms. Bailey-Sims has created a world with character and characters with personality. I love a story that gives me a world I can feel and see, and characters that I suffer for and root for. I can't wait until the next book to find out what happens with Pokos, and I hope Bessie learns to dance, and I really can't wait until the bad guy gets his!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2012

    Candlewax is a must read. The characters develop well and the pl

    Candlewax is a must read. The characters develop well and the plot is intricately woven. Before I was a quarter of the way through this book, I purchased more copies to share with friends and family members. I couldn't put this book down, and I found myself thinking of the characters and plot when not reading.

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  • Posted April 11, 2012

    Candlewax was such an entertaining read! I couldn't put it down-

    Candlewax was such an entertaining read! I couldn't put it down--it was exciting, imaginative, and suspenseful. The characters were interesting and the world-building was fabulous. I liked the mystery surrounding the Farrier Cats and their connection to Catherine. It gave an added feeling of suspense to an already suspenseful novel. The narrative made me feel like I was right in the midst of the action. The romance was sweet and I admired a lot of the characters. I would definitely recommend Candlewax to fantasy readers.

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  • Posted April 8, 2012

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    Let me start out by saying how much I loved this book. It has be

    Let me start out by saying how much I loved this book. It has been a while since I have read a truly amazing fantasy book. The first pages of this book had me all in once I read about Pokos the farrier cat. He just seemed like such a great character and I was instantly hooked. Pokos is such a major player in this book and the descriptions about him in this book made him seem so real and I visualized him. The world building in this book is some of the best I have seen in a long time. The author created such beautiful cities that sounded like such great places to see. The author knew just how to capitivate the reader and draw them in the cities in this book. I have to say Catherine is what I love to see in my books. She was such a fierce character and yet still so humble and down to earth. I love how she was so determined to fufill her destiny. She was willing to do whatever had to be done to make it happen. Cyril was another amazing character and an awesome leading man. He was all that you expect the hero to be and then some. He was so protective of Catherine and immediately jumped in to help her. I love the budding romance that was sparked between them. I can't wait to see the great things they can do together as a team. My other favorite characters in this story were Bessie and Menard. They were both the great friends you would love to have by your side. They are loyal and willing to fight to the end for you. This book was such a great read and had all that you would want in a fantasy read with the mythical creatures,great battles,romance,and the captivating descriptions. Hats off to the author as she is on her way to having a very promising fantasty series on her hands. I recommend this book to any fantasy lovers out there as they will not be dissappointed. I loved this book so much I wished it didn't have to end. Overall a spellbinding,heart pounding, great read.

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  • Posted April 6, 2012

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    CANDLEWAX By C. Bailey Sims An ancient danger sleeps outside th

    CANDLEWAX
    By C. Bailey Sims

    An ancient danger sleeps outside the boarders of Lackanay in the Desert of Devona. A danger that could wake at any moment if Spelopokos the last Fairrier Cat stops breathing within the boarders of Lackanay.

    When 16 year old Princess Catherine of Crystallia flees her father's castle and her upcoming marriage to the mysterious King Cyril of Candlewax she doesn't realize that she is running to her destiny and Spelopokos. Catherine and Spelopokos are part of an ancient prophecy which says, "the wearer of the Onyxes of Tabrek, named Catherine is to save Lackanay, but if the Fairrier Cats pass from existence Lackanay will fall to the trodliks and be destroyed."

    Pokos, who is hundreds of years old, knew the last wearer of the Onyxes of Tabrek - Catherine's grandmother, Queen Catherine of Tabrek and of Crystallia. He tells Catherine of her part in the prophecy and how together they must bring more Fairrier Cats to Lackanay. But to do this they must leave Lackanay leaving the land without the protection that Pokos has provided. But to fulfill their destiny they must face many dangers.

    As Catherine and Pokos travel towards the Cinna Gate they must outwit her father - King Stephen, King Cyril, and the evil men under Kallik. But Cinna Gate is located in Candlewax a land forever burning. When King Cyril discovers Catherine's deception he is determined to stop her, but with the Ancient of Onxyes Catherine and Pokos cannot be stopped. When King Cyril threatens to follow Catherine through the gate, Catherine tosses the pendant to him so he too can enter Cinna unharmed. Cyril is determined to protect Catherine from the dangers that lurk in Cinna. But the dangers that await them in Cinna could end their quest and doom Lackanay to the same fate as the once lush Devona.

    Can Catherine fulfill her destiny and survive the dangers of Cinna or will all be lost to the Trodliks? With King Cyril in Cinna, King Kallik of Tabrek is determined to steal the throne of Candlewax and to control the Fairrier Cats.

    Candlewax is an exciting tale of action and friendship. It is also a story of self-discovery, but does Catherine have the time to discover who she truly is and what she wants from life? As events unfold Catherine is forced to find new strengths within herself or all will be lost.

    Be sure to read Candlewax the first title in a new series filled with excitement and intrigue. Candlewax is a delightful debut novel from a talented author! Keep up the excitement "C"!

    I received a Digital ARC loan of this title for the sole purpose of reviewing this title.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    Great Read!

    This book is wonderful! Although written for teens, this book is enjoyable for all ages. It is filled with romance, betrayal, and intrigue. The story is original and the world is completely believable and yet exciting at the same time. I definitely recommend this book to anyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    I found this to be a thoroughly enjoyable read. If you're lookin

    I found this to be a thoroughly enjoyable read. If you're looking for a YA book to read, then you've just found it! It had everything a YA fantasy needs--action, character development, romance, adventure, and FAIRRIER CATS! I also enjoyed the pacing and development of the book. Overall this is a great book that is worth reading!

    An avid reader

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