About the Book by K.T. Munson and Nichelle Rae
Fire and Frost; no two nations have ever been so divided. Only two bridges across the great River Gora connects them and their long standing hatred. When spring comes early, the Frost Nation looks upon the Fire Nation with suspicion. Soon they will discover that the rising rivers, warmer temperatures, and the earthquakes are all a result of something far more terrifying then each other. When the world seems to turn against them they will only have each other to look to. Can they put their differences aside long enough to fix their planet? They must or face extinction.
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They listened with intent, and for a time Aradel forgot about their failing wall. She forgot about Kirill and whether she would ever see him again. She forgot about Queen Vesna’s failing health. She forgot about the mystery surrounding her sister’s death and all those old painful memories. All she thought about was the book in her hands and the story for the children so that they too might forget their worries.
It was a collection of short stories that counseled children against many things—lessons to be learned and warnings to be heeded. Although the stories’ themes usually involved the heat of the summer and avoiding people from the Fire Nation, Aradel artfully skipped over the stories she remembered being too harsh. Queen Vesna did nothing to stop her as the children listened intently.
“And because the little girl made the cake herself without the help of any of her friends, she ate it all by herself,” Aradel was reading when the ground began to shake.
Aradel stood quickly but nearly fell backward over the bench when the quake became more intense. She stumbled back as the children started to cry out. Queen Vesna stood as well and pointed along the path that led out of the palace.
“Children, hurry!” Queen Vesna called as Aradel linked her arm with her Queen’s and started out.
The quake slowed for a moment as they hurried through the ice garden. They were nearly out of the palace when a second, stronger quake hit. She heard some of the children scream as they hurried down the steps into the courtyard below. The second quake was far worse, and Queen Vesna half fell. Aradel held them both upright by clinging to a stone pillar.
Ice crystals rained down on their heads as the pillars rubbed against the ceiling. A cry came from above them, and they both looked up to see a young girl on her stomach on the ground. Queen Vesna pushed Aradel forward as she fell backward against the pillar. “Save her!” Queen Vesna cried, her voice rising above the rest of the sounds in the room.
A column by the front gave way, crashing to the ground and blocking their exit. Aradel’s heart seized for a moment but, looking around, she realized the garden was empty. The rest of the children had fled and made it to safety in time. For that Aradel was thankful. With only a moment to glance back at her Queen, Aradel hurried forward to the crying child. She half stumbled and half crawled to the girl, whose terrified wails could be heard above the rumbling.
About the Authors
K.T. Munson is an independent author who enjoys creating worlds with words. First published at 5 years old in the young writers conference, she has pursued writing ever since. She maintains a blog creatingworldswithwords.wordpress.com that is about writing and her novels. She was born and raised in the last frontier, the great state of Alaska.
Nichelle Rae was born and raised in Massachusetts. Her love for writing began when she was fourteen years old. Through the years she has gotten much praise from peers, professors, and professional author’s she has had a chance to work with on her writing and her ability to put emotions into text and fantastic action scenes.