A curse binds the City of Winter and the Dragon's prophecy holds the key to breaking it. But will a poor fisherman from the South have the means to fulfil the prophecy? Or will the foreignness of the North itself repel him and his efforts?
The Painted Hall Collection is a series of four short, old-school fairy-tales designed to open your eyes to wonder.
*When Winds Blow Cold*
Go north, little human.
Go north until the winds blow cold and you walk on water.
Go north, and there you will find her.
With the Dragon's prophecy ringing in his ears, Danis travels from town to town, seeking a wife. But at every stop, he is turned away, until he enters the City of Winter itself...
* The Flame of the North*
Ten-year-old Mica hates the cold. Yet he’s bound by duty—and prophecy—to rule over the City of Winter as his grandfather’s heir. All signs seem to indicate that something is wrong and the reappearance of the Yuki-Onna in the Painted Hall is an additional worrisome detail…
*Beneath the Rumbling Earth*
In the Deep where none dare go
Beneath the rumbling earth
Before the Flame is doused
You must rekindle birth
Mica’s only comfort in the City of Winter is the once-cursed Painted Hall. When the deep sea creatures start speaking to him, he must decide if he should listen… or if this new magical event is related to the Dragon’s new prophecy.
*The Still, Small Voice*
On her eighteenth birthday, Hono is to be crowned Queen of the City of Winter but the Dragon disrupts the coronation ceremony with a peculiar cry:
Listen. Listen. Listen!
There is one more task to free the City of Winter of all enchantment—and Hono must listen carefully for it.
Including: *BONUS SHORT STORY* Shattered Memories
For generations upon generations, Memories have been passed from mother to daughter in an unbroken line of Secretkeepers.
Not this time. When Nek Ramalan dies, her granddaughter, Rahsia, does not inherit the Memories. Instead, Iman struggles to fulfil a role she's not prepared for... piecing together shards of Memories she's not equipped to understand.
A sneak peek into the current trilogy Anna's working on!
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About the Author
Anna Tan grew up in Malaysia, the country that is not Singapore. In 2015, she traded in a life of annoying other bean counters for one of annoying the online world with questions about life and death and everything in between. The answer is sometimes 42. Sometimes they try to eat you.
When she is not writing or nitpicking over other writers' copy, she can be found reading a book or attempting to organise her room.