Taliaschild, the sequel to Taliasman, continues the tale of what happens after Talia returns to Queen Vina’s palace. In Taliasman, Merda gets her comeuppance and is sent away in disgrace. In Taliaschild, we begin with a peek into Merda’s perspective. How does it feel to be cast as the villain? Take a look, and thank you for visiting for Sunday Snippets.

Talia was the pretty one.

The spindly trunk of the rosebush strains under the weight of the single bud. I send it strength as I cup my hand and lift in a backward arc. Grabbing power from the earth and drawing it through my fingers to the tip of my cocked thumb, I stagger before releasing energy onto the baby growth. My cloak shifts against my shoulders.

When we were children and lived next door to each other, Talia toddled after her father. She ducked behind buildings and stole electricity for his chainsaw. The authorities knew her crimes, but the dimpled smile softened their hearts as she carried tools too big for her.


Taliaschild, a Beyond Fairytales adaptation of “The Snow Queen,” with references to Frozen

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?


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