The Stone Mage Wars, Vol. 1: Journey to the Fringe

The Stone Mage Wars, Vol. 1: Journey to the Fringe

by Kelli Swofford Nielsen

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Overview

Long ago, Stone Mages were revered in Lyria. They were men and women who could use powerful tradestones to harness their unique gifts of wind, rain, and earth to help those around them. But war with the Southern realm has threatened the mages with extinction. The truth about the tradestones has been lost, and the remaining magic is dwindling. When Princess Ivy, the beloved daughter of the king, is abducted, it seems that all hope for Lyria is lost as well. But when an unlikely group of loyal subjects embarks on a dangerous journey to the far-distant Fringe, the hope of restoring crown and kingdom is renewed. Among the group is Simon, a fool with wisdom beyond his years; Gilda, a nonmagical witch; Burr, a young thief; and Merrick, a jaded sea captain. Their quest will test their courage, their strength, and their friendship. But at the Fringe, they encounter a truth that will change everything they thought they knew about themselves, and this small band of heroes must embrace the power that is their birthright and stand together as Stone Mages of Lyria.


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ISBN-13: 9781609071875
Publisher: Deseret Book Company
Publication date: 04/26/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 583 KB

About the Author


Kelli Swofford Nielsen graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor’s degree in teaching English. She and her husband, Jeff, live in Chicago, Illinois, with their two sons. Journey to the Fringe is Kelli’s debut novel.

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The soldier lowered his voice. “We think they have taken her to the Fringe.”

Karl was not convinced. “Impossible. No point in doin’ that. They can’t use her as a bargaining piece if she’s dead. Even if they did decide to kill her, why go to the trouble of takin’ her out there to do it?”

“Don’t think they took her to bargain. Besides,” he lowered his voice more, making it necessary for Simon to lean forward in order to hear him, “her mother died at sea, and you know the old stories of that place. People were dropped there, banished, with nothing but the dinghy under them, the oar in their hand, and their hopes against all the bad luck of the place and the ones who had been left there before. The Southerners aren’t negotiators, they’re monsters. They meant her abduction as a slap in the face, a call to come out and fight, before they come in. They’re just playing with us.”

“She could have survived, even the Fringe. Why doesn’t the king send soldiers after her, then? Why the useless searching?”

“The chances are slim. People have gotten close enough to the shoal to see it, but none who tried to approach the island has ever returned. Besides, the king must know that he’d just be sacrificing his men to send them—that might have been another of the South’s motives in taking her there. I know I wouldn’t go. The place is nothing more than a dead end, a death trap. I think he just keeps us looking to maintain the appearance of hope, so that even if he feels the slap on the face and the inevitable threat the South poses, he doesn’t want his people to feel it. If the kingdom knows Princess Ivy is dead, they will have lost not only their hope but what they see as their tie to the crown and their willingness to fight. As Lyrians, we connect with Ivy, like we did with her mother. The Southerners knew what they were doing when they took her.”

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