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Livli's Gift by J.M. Ney-Grimm

Livli's Gift

by J.M. Ney-Grimm

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Livli struggles with a secret she keeps from everyone, even her closest friends, and she must solve the problem at its heart before she’s discovered.

She’s certain the answer lies in a fragment of folklore and magic half-remembered from her childhood. Almost certain.

She wouldn’t need forgotten magic if only the men and women of her secluded mountain culture dwelt together. But the women—and Livli—inhabit their sister-lodge atop its lofty bluff, while the men live apart in their brother-lodge several valleys away.

Unless she can force a change, Livli stands to lose everything . . . including the most precious thing in her life: her son.

A story of secrets, shibboleths, and deep-forged strength told with all the insight and engaging intimacy that J.M. Ney-Grimm brings to epic fantasy.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0615743080, Paperback)

Livli heals challenging injuries among the pilgrims to Kaunis-spa. Itsmagical hot spring gives her an edge, but Livli achieves spectacularcures mainly because she refuses to fail.

A born pioneer, shehopes to match her new ways for banishing hurt with new ways of living.But the sisters of Kaunis-lodge fear rapid change. What precious thingsmight they lose while tossing old inconveniences?

Livli pushesforward the new, and one influential foe pushes back. Kaunis-home willkeep its revered traditions, even if Livli loses everything she values.

Everything . . . and the one thing she absolutely cannot lose.

Livli seeks an answer in the oldest lore of her people, something so ancient, it′s new. But mere resolve against failure meets an immovable counterforce this time. Victory requires more.

Must surrender spell defeat? Or could letting go harness real power?

Praise for J.M. Ney-Grimm

"...the real heart of the story is character growth. The characters feel real and complicated..." - Mira, Amazon review of Troll-magic

"...one of my favourite things about Ney-Grimm's work is her treatment offantastical creatures...the pegasi seem ethereal...creatures of lightand gauze that are somehow the most real things in the world." - JamesJ. Parsons, Speaking to the Eyes review of Sarvet's Wanderyar

Excerpt from Livli's Gift

Livli rerolled the scroll carefully, returned it to its pigeonhole, and sighed. The whisper of her breath sounded loud in the quiet space, ashad the crackle of the brittle parchment and the faint click of theclosing cabinet door.

The tale of The Princess and the Griffon did not have the reference she was looking for. Neither had The Lindworm's Eyrie nor Triton's Egg.

"Why am I bothering," she murmured. "It's a wild gos chase."

But she knew why she was bothering. She really, really wanted the information in whatever tale it was.

"I wish I could remember."

But she couldn't remember.

Of course, she could ask her birth-mother. Sarvet would undoubtedly reeloff an entire list of the folktales she'd told her children at bedtime. But I don't want her to know . . . what I'm thinking about right now.

Livli sighed again.

About the Author

J.M. Ney-Grimm lives with her husband and children in Virginia, just east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. She's learning about permaculture gardeningand debunking popular myths about food. The rest of the time she readsRobin McKinley, Diana Wynne Jones, and Lois McMaster Bujold, playsboardgames like Settlers of Catan, rears her twins, and writes stories set in her troll-infested North-lands.

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