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Shade and Sorceress

The Last Days of Tian Di, Book 1

by Catherine Egan

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list price: $12.95
edition:Paperback
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published: Sep 2012
ISBN:9781550505146
publisher: Coteau Books
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Eliza knows for certain what she isn't: the powerful Sorceress the learned Mancers think her to be. Or is she? Although they insist it is her destiny, Eliza's lessons with the Mancers prove to them what she has always known — she can't do any magic. What awaits Eliza as she embarks on the life of a Sorceress is worse than she could have imagined. Abandoned by her teachers, she must rely on her friends and her own wits and common sense to succeed in her quest and find what she is destined to become.

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The Last Days of Tian Di trilogy is Catherine's debut published book-length work. Her short fiction has been published in Canadian and US journals. Catherine is a world traveller who has lived in Canada, the UK, Japan, and China. She currently resides with her family in New Haven, Connecticut . Catherine is on Twitter @ByCatherineEgan and her website is at www.catherineegan.com

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Two Worlds

The Mancers, ancient scholars, magicians and mystical protectors, have come looking for Eliza Tok. Long ago, the Mancers separated the One World, Tian Di, into two, for the protection of humans. Eliza’s world is Di Shang, and the other world is Tian Xia. The Mancers want to bring Eliza to their Citadel to begin teaching her to become a sorceress like her dead mother, and help guard the Crossings between the worlds. But Eliza shows no signs of magical abilities and all she wants is to go home to her father and her friend Nell.
There are others looking for Eliza, spies of the Xia Sorceress. She is the most terrible, ruthless and evil being in the worlds. The Mancers, with the help of Eliza`s mother, imprisoned the Xia Sorceress years ago in the Arctic of Di Shang.
Finally, after what seems to be a fruitless time of study, the Mancers put Eliza to a test. They give her Shang Sorceress clothing and a staff, and send her to battle a hound of the Crossing. And “something deep inside her, deeper than a physical place, something like a tight seed buried in warmth and darkness, suddenly burst . . .” She is able to kill the creature, but her difficulties with magic are not at an end. Eliza finds out that the Xia Sorceress has snatched her father. After Nell comes to visit, Eliza learns that Charlie, the boy she thought was her friend is not what he seems at all.
Eliza, her friend Nell, and Charlie escape the Mancer Citadel and cross into Tian Xia. They hope to find a way to the evil sorceress, so that they can save Eliza’s father. Many strange and difficult things must be faced on the journey. Will Eliza ever develop her magical powers?
The book contains traditional elements of fantasy such as dragons, faeries, good and evil characters. However, the author puts her own stamp on these elements to create a unique story, which moves along at a good pace. The reader is kept guessing as to what may happen next.
Author Catherine Egan was born and grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia. After university, she taught English in Japan and China. She now lives in New Haven, Connecticut with her husband and children. “Shade and Sorceress” is the first book in “The Last Days of Tian Di” fantasy series.

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