by Anastasia Vitsky

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Six years after the mysterious talisman brought Queen Vina to Talia, it chooses a new owner in Sonna, a child of the streets. Unprotected by her amputee father and beaten by her mother for failing to bring home scraps for the family to eat, Sonna runs into the self-assured Kira, daughter and heir to Vina's queendom.

Weary of endless rules and duties involved in training to become the future queen, Kira leaps at the chance to escape with a new friend. When she places the priceless talisman around Sonna's neck, neither can remove the jewelry.

Alarmed at Kira losing the talisman's protection, Vina and Talia take drastic steps to protect the princess. In the process, the entire earth descends into chaos.

Five years later, nineteen-year-old Sonna forages for two-day-old fish heads while dodging street pimps. The talisman leads her to the mysterious Nicodemus, who offers one command:

"Go to Kira. She needs you."

Baffled, Sonna embarks on her journey. What can a pauper offer a spoiled princess? Will the street child end up surprising them all?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150830059
Publisher: Decadent Publishing Company, LLC
Publication date: 08/18/2015
Series: Beyond Fairytales
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 245 KB

About the Author

I never meant to write a sequel to Taliasman. When I finished the book, I had told everything we needed to know about stubborn Talia and righteous Vina. To my surprise, however, requests came pouring in for a second story. What was the history of the talisman? What happened after Talia returned to the palace?
When I received The Snow Queen as my second fairy tale, I cheered. I love The Snow Queen, I love Frozen, and I love Disney’s re-imagining of a boy and a girl as two sisters. My biggest challenge was Gerda and Kai’s youth in the original story. I wanted to tell a romance of two new adults, but I also wanted the tender innocence of children meeting and falling in love. I settled for a flashback structure that allowed me to do both.
Crown Princess Kira, so sweet and earnest in Taliasman, had become spoiled since we last saw her. Unlike childhood Vina who had been trained in utmost self-sacrifice and self-discipline, Kira pushed everyone’s buttons and refused to take her duties seriously. In contrast, Sonna’s hardscrabble childhood made Talia’s home look idyllic.
I meant to write Vina and Talia’s responses to this new pairing, but Kira and Sonna decided otherwise. They took me on a wonderful journey of self-discovery and learning to stick up for themselves, and I felt quite proud of them by the end. I also loved seeing how much Talia had grown since we last saw her.
The only one unhappy was Merda, who has been tugging at my sleeve for a story of her own. She is misunderstood, she tells me. Could there be a third Talia story to do justice to this most unfortunate of villains? Only time will tell.
Thank you for reading, and please feel free to let me know how you liked the book.

Anastasia Vitsky

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