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4.41  ·  Rating details ·  37 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Fairy tales return to darkness as a wingless half-breed child, Livian, unaware of her royal warrior lineage, struggles with the unaccepted gnarling of her roots and purpose of her twisted life. Her only connection with the outside world is her grandfather, Inennious, as he protects both her existence and the hidden remaining dragons by leaving behind all forms of society t ...more
Paperback, 222 pages
Published September 17th 2014 by Twisted Core Press (first published June 12th 2012)
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Judy Gill
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really love this story. It's one I'll be reading again, because it makes me smile, leaves me feeling happy. Picarella knows how to grab the reader's attention in the beginning and keep it until the very last word. Magic, and dragons, and real-life fairies with truly distinct personalities and mannerisms, other amazing creatures and beautifully described scenery and events made this special book come alive in my mind.
Valarie Kinney
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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This novel captured my heart from the cover all the way through. On the surface, Livian is a fantasy story laced with intrigue, adventure, and magical creatures, but the heart of the story wrestles with deeper truths that speak to the soul. What is destiny, and can it be changed? Does anyone have a right to negate the worth of another, based simply on physical differences? When the greatest of tragedies turns out to be the most solid of strengths, Livian's world is shaken to the core. Yet the qu ...more
T.K. Toppin
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not your typical fairy tale scene with fluttery fairies and benevolent unicorns. This is like a fairy tale gone wrong - in a good, refreshing way. From the get-go, you're presented with gritty violence that leaves you itching to find out more, and the fate of the lone survivor in the aftermath. Following the life of Livian, a fairy halfbreed, who lives secluded from the rest of the world with her grandfather and dear friend Elsa, the tale weaves through her coming of age story. Richly se ...more
Tiffany Dyer
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every page of the book had a twist in turn to keep you on your toes! I love how the book has fresh new ideas rather than beating the same old lame horse to death.
Jude Johnson
Aug 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved delving into this world of fantastic creatures, triple moons, and conflict created with delicious depth and detail. Livian chafes at the protective restraints her guardian grandfather places upon her daily life, just like every growing child. But Livian doesn't appreciate the dangers surrounding their hidden haven, or the drastic consequences her impetuous actions may wreak upon their fragile world. The climax is truly intense, right up to the final word.
Ms. Picarella tells a great tale,
Chrissy Moon
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not an avid fantasy reader because I always feel threatened by what I always thought was complicated and intimidating creature names and rules. But there is nothing intimidating about LIVIAN.

It is a perfect account of a young girl who is considered an oddity in her land. The word placements by the author are beautiful and deliberate. It is written cinematically so the readers have no trouble imagining the events.

Personally, I loved how the author put a new spin on how we perceive certain
Dawn Kirby
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cannot stress enough how amazing this book is. Normally I can't get into fantasy. But this book grabbed me and refused to let go. I'd put it down to go to sleep and end up sneaking a few more peeks just to see what happened next. LIVIAN is NOT your granny's fairytale. It is dark, deep and entrancing. Picarella is a true artist, painting her words on the canvas of your imagination.
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