Kandide and the Secret of the Mists (The Calabiyau Chronicles Series #1)

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What if everything you loved was suddenly taken away . . .

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Still a teen in human years, Kandide is spoiled, vain, and the personification of perfection. She is also heir to the throne of Calabiyau and keeper of The Gift, the key to survival for all Fée. When a tragic accident leaves her less than perfect, her own mother casts her away to a treacherous world where strange beasts roam the dark, ...

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Overview

What if everything you loved was suddenly taken away . . .

And everything you feared became your only hope?

Still a teen in human years, Kandide is spoiled, vain, and the personification of perfection. She is also heir to the throne of Calabiyau and keeper of The Gift, the key to survival for all Fée. When a tragic accident leaves her less than perfect, her own mother casts her away to a treacherous world where strange beasts roam the dark, lifeless forest and even stranger Fée rule the land. Kandide must battle hideous creatures, as well as her own internal repulsion for the ‘Imperfects’ she is now like, if she is to survive. But these are just the beginning of her troubles; within Calabiyau, a presence far more deadly emerges. Joined by her prankster brother, Teren, her tomboy sister, Tara, and a group of misfit Imperfects, the Fée Princess must challenge the darkest of creatures to face an evil worse than any she could have imagined if she is to save the very Fée who sent her away. Calabiyau will forever change, or will it?

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Children's Literature - Catherine Callegari
Book one of the Calabiyau Chronicles begins with King Toeyad, ruler of Calabiyau Proper, on his deathbed. He collapsed during a deadly game of skill with his daughter Kandide. As the oldest child of three, Kandide has been groomed from birth to succeed her father as the Queen and keeper of the Gift, which brings the change of season upon which all life depends. Unfortunately, along with all her queenly lessons she has learned to be extremely self-centered and vain. After her father's death, Kandide ignores wise counsel and is injured during a terrible thunder storm. This event permanently damages her right wing and makes her an Imperfect, a type that is much feared and hated among the Fee. Because she has been transformed into something she despises and is unable to rule, Kandide is banished to the Mists by her mother, for her own protection. Court intrigue ensues as the Gift must be deployed for the survival of all Fee. Kandide's siblings rise to the occasion, not only defending the family's place in the High Council but also entering the dangerous Mists to recover their sister. Meanwhile, Kandide discovers the secret safe haven for Imperfects that her parents created and hid in the Mists. It is here that she is able to come to terms with being "Kandi Crumplewing" and to see Imperfects as people and not objects to despise. In the end, the family is reunited, the Gift disbursed, and Imperfects given full rights and privileges in Fee society. The final pages foreshadow a coming battle with the ruling family's nemesis, Lady Aron. Gadd's full-page pen-and-ink style portraits of the main characters are sprinkled throughout the text. These highly-detailed illustrations are a niceaddition to the story. Zimmerman is to be lauded for addressing such important topics such as prejudice, discrimination and the value of personal growth. Unfortunately, her message overwhelms both her characters and her story. These end up one-dimensional, serving only the message while the text suffers from repetition as she hammers her point home. Reviewer: Catherine Callegari
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979432828
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group, LLC
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Series: Calabiyau Chronicles Series , #1
  • Pages: 289
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Posted May 27, 2009

    Kandide is a great read for children and adults !

    My 8yr old daughter read and reviewed this book for a class book report. These are solely her words. "This is Kandide. She stars in the book "Kandide and the Secret of the Mists". This book has adventure, excitement, good and evil. Help Kandide get rid of her selfishness and find her way through the mists. Will Kandide ever find herself and where she is meant to be? And will Kandide ever get to see her father again? This is what I can tell you, the rest you have to find out by reading this amazing, fabulous, and exciting story that has a well planned moral."
    My daughter talked about this book so often and then I started hearing about it seemed like everywhere so I decided to read it too. I loved the story, the characters, and the message. I'm hooked, can't wait for the next books to be published !
    We were able to meet Ms. Zimmerman at a book signing April 4th. She was so friendly and gracious. We highly recommend this book to all age groups.

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  • Posted December 15, 2008

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    A good addition to children's fantasy collections

    Kandide is the most beautiful and the most perfect of the Fee, and after her father dies the most important magical gift of all, the Gift of Frost which changes the seasons, renewing the world, passes to her. But in overconfidence and with an over inflated sense of importance (which both cover the doubts and insecurities mixing beneath the surface) she has an accident, a mistake that leaves her scarred and therefore cast out from the society that days earlier prepared to make her their queen.<BR/><BR/>Banished from the perfect Fee society Kandide must come to terms with her imperfections and realize that there's still a queen within her.<BR/><BR/>Truth be told I thought the book took too long to get going and I thought the Perfect equals, well, perfection plot line was heavy handed. But I read this story to my daughter, who is far closer to the target audience (9-12), before bed every night. She was absolutely enchanted.<BR/><BR/>Kandide's emotional and physical pain made her a real person, and the bits of action kept her clutching the blanket and asking for one more chapter. The cast of fantasy characters from monsters to fairies to griffins, sparked her imagination and added more tools to her own storytelling equipment box.<BR/><BR/>While there wasn't enough time spent on some of the secondary characters, Egan and Tara specifically, for her to get caught up with them this is the first book in a trilogy, as is promised by the resolution.<BR/><BR/>There are many pros to Kandide and the Secret of the Mists for both child and parent. Nonviolent solutions are promoted as a means to solving problems. The book is excellent for expanding a young vocabulary. Larger words are used in a way that makes their meaning easy to interpret for children. And even the scary situations are downplayed as much as the emotions are over played which leaves the danger still "safe" and not scary. <BR/><BR/>Kandide and the Secret of the Mists is accompanied by beautiful illustrations and crafted with the magic in the hearts of children in mind. If your child loves dreams and fantasy this is a fine addition to their early library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2008

    by Steven Maus, author of Branchwater

    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 involving tale of fear, loss, and redemption that demonstrates the consequences of severe self-centeredness, and the strength and value family ties. Strewn all over the land of Calabiyau (namesake of the trilogy 'the Calabiyau Chronicles') are vivid details that bring the world of the Fee to undeniable life. From the black muck and dense tangle of vines in the Mists to the splendid buildings and the natural beauty of the Veil (ironically, the two places are quite near one another, geographically speaking) Zimmerman breathes life into her landscape with a precise and decided use of details, and then populates her lands with many different diverse groups of creatures. From the conceited, judging, and self-serving Fee that Kandide is sent away from, to the wild wolves and the vicious, blood-thirsty garglans of the forest, to the near-extinct race of Griffins that are so admired and cared for by the accepting Fee of the Veil, each different populace, and each individual character, is carefully and distinctly set apart by attributes, skills, and beliefs. As Kandide meets these different faces, she must deal with the difference between what she has been taught growing up, and what she is now seeing with her own eyes. After she has lost seemingly all opportunity at the life she had hoped for and expected, Kandide only regains a measure of her former confidence when she opens herself up to others. The process of redemption - though somewhat predictable - is very involving, and when it comes time to prove herself, Kandide struggles with who she has become, and how she can bridge the gap between her old beliefs and her new friends.

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  • Posted March 16, 2011

    FIVE STAR RATING!!!!!!Read this book!!!!

    Five star rating!!!!!!!!!!I love the details,and how it is a fantasy.Also,it teaches you a lesson.Not everyone can be perfect,and Kandide figures that out in the end.Lady Aron still doesn't think that everybody can be together and living in peace.I'm soooooo excited to read The Lady's Revenge!!!!

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  • Posted December 29, 2010

    Original, but lacking

    I did enjoy the concept for this novel. Though fairies are very overused in writing, I thought Zimmerman's take on their society was intriguing. Otherwise, this book is not worth your time. The overall depth of the novel is severely lacking. Largely, there is a lot of dialogue and action with very little descriptions or explanations. For example the members of "The Council" are all very prestigious people to be sure, but the reader is force-fed their names while wondering to themselves "who are these people?" "What do they look like?" What's their story?" "Why were they chosen for the council?" Zimmerman does little to back them up or make them seem like real people. The characters in general are somewhat developed as individuals, but for the most part, they are all kind of the same person. It's kind of like watching a movie, but with the same actor doing the voiceover for all the characters. There is also a severe lack of motivation in the actions of the characters. For example, Kandide's and Jake's spontaneous romance is bland, lacking in reason, and completely predictable. Though Kandide seriously insults Jake and his way of life when they first meet, for some reason, the next time he sees her he's like "Oh wow! She's kind of pretty! We should hook up!" and before you know it BAM! Jake and Kandide are flirting like crazy and making puppy eyes at each other. Unless you're unbelievably bored, or incorrigibly curious, I would advise against reading this book.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

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    I got to meat the author

    The author came to my school and i got to meet her and get her autograph she was very funny and a good magican did you know the book was meant to be about the girl who punched her in the mouth when she was in 5th grade like me. Kandide was the girl who punched her in the mouth. Overall its a good book!

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  • Posted November 11, 2008

    Fascinating World of the Fee

    Thank you so much for attending my book club meeting. It was the first time we allowed children to attend and it was simply amazing how the children articulated their passion for Kandide and all of the characters. It was apparent by the prodigious comprehension and astute insight into the book by the adults as well as the children that ¿Kandide and the Secret of the Mists¿ was so well written that we were enthralled by the fascinating world of the feé.<BR/>We can hardly wait to read books 2 and 3 of the Calabiyou Chronicles. <BR/>Thank you again for writing such an exciting and emotional book and for sharing your personal journey with us.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2008

    Excellent story! Excellent illustrations!

    My children, ages 11 and 15, and I loved this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2008

    An Instant Classic!

    It has been a century since L. Frank Baum charmed America with the Oz series... Now there is a worthy successor in American publishing--an author that may well break records in the English language now held by the English sensation J. K. Rowling. That writer is Diana S. Zimmerman. Kandide and the Secret of the Mists is that rare work of art that gives us permission to suspend belief and then paints a picture that rings as true as the morning newspaper or your next door neighbor. In this world obsessed with surface beauty, Zimmerman unfolds a story that teaches readers what true, unvarnished beauty really is. This book is a triumph of storytelling. I shall give nothing away... No spoilers. Read the book and be charmed, as I was!!!

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