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Warriors in the Mist: A Medieval Dark Fantasy [Paperback]

Susan D. Kalior
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5 July 2007
Medieval Dark Fantasy: An epic romance is featured in this masterfully written novel that takes place in the mystical, magical Dark Ages. Kamara Lania is a pacifistic priestess whose goal is to unite the realm with the divine love. Meanwhile, a violent self-serving warlord, Kayenté Ketola, is acquiring dominion of the realm on his journey to become King. They are both thwarted by a supernatural being "The Cold One" who is consuming the world because good and evil in their extremes, always fall. Mystical interplay, characteristic of Shakespeare, throws the Priestess and the Warlord into a harrowing and complicated, even comical transformation where they each must become more like the other to save the world. This novel impassions the heart, unleashes laughter and pumps adrenaline. The plot erupts with mysticism, magic, and romance as the mystery unravels with unpredictable twists and turns in the spirit of Hitchcock, while richly exposing the psychology of the human struggle, highlighted by entanglements with supernatural beings. This novel promises to entertain and to lighten the darkest most secret corners of the hidden self, while imparting wisdom needed in today's world.

Excerpt:

She crawled carefully through dancing feet, under clanking swords, and a rain of blood. She heard whisking and whipping, thumps and thuds, grunts and groans, curses, prayers, and the blasting beat of a thousand hearts, the world yet spinning round and round.

She prayed the warriors would be too engaged in battle to bother with her. Her gown kept catching under her knees, pulling the neck down around her shoulders. Metal feet slammed down around her. Something wet poured over her neck and dripped down her skin curving around her throat. It smelled like blood. However, everything reeked of blood. She kept moving, forbidding tears, wishing she'd drank a second glass of wine, for the elixir seemed to distance her somewhat from the horrors she normally felt.

Ahead, on the outskirts of the battle, she glimpsed a lone oak tree ahead of her, looming there, a live thing, like a mother bidding her to come and fall upon her breast.

Thinking only of the tree, the tree, the beautiful tree, she found herself more quickly there. She dropped her shoulder against the fragrant bark, and curled into a tight ball, very still, afraid to move, lest a knife come flying at her, the way Kayenté had once told her it could.

Her eyes were closed, but the image of swords and bludgeoned bodies flashed erratically in her mind. This battle was like the one in her nightmare: warriors, swords, arrows, blood; and she curled against a tree in a dirty white gown, trembling. Would The Cold One appear next?

Her arm was snatched. Someone pulled her forward so swiftly, she felt like a shooting star. Her vision blurred, so fast they did run. When they stopped, she fell to her hands and knees in the thick foliage, panting hard with burning lungs. Someone stood next to her. Would she now behold The Cold One? What was, was; and what was to be, was to be. She could not change it, so she sat back on her knees and looked up to see dust covered leather pants, and a sword dripping blood. Raising her eyes further, she saw Kayenté's face. It was Kayenté who towered over her!

Her hand flew to her heart. "You aren't The Cold One."

He squatted, resting the sword over his knees. "I don't know about that."


Product details

  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Wing Publications, Workshops, and Lectures (5 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979566312
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979566318
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 963,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born in Washington State, raised in Phoenix, AZ, and currently reside in Oregon. My first profession was a psychotherapist (individual, marriage, and family counseling) treating those suffering from depression, anxiety, panic attacks, post traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, sexual abuse, family violence, and severe mental illness. I employed therapies such as communication skill building, relaxation training, systematic desensitization, bioenergetics, and psychodrama. I have also facilitated stress management, parenting, and self-discovery workshops that have aided in the psycho-spiritual healing of many. Education and training include an M.A. in Ed. in Counseling/Human Relations and Behavior (NAU), a B.S. in Sociology (ASU), and ten powerful months of psychological and metaphysical training in a Tibetan community. I've been a social activist from time to time (very hard) in educational matters, for women, and for Native Americans. Sometimes a woman's got to do what a woman's got to do!

I have two grown children, a son and a daughter, now in college pursuing their dreams, while I happily live out the second half of my life, doing what I love (writing and meditating) in a forested environment.

With a background in college theater (and a drama queen in my own right), my experience as a psychotherapist, and my profound interest in freeing the individual from unsavory sociological influence, I write entertaining and sometimes educational books that facilitate personal growth and transformation. I enjoy mixing it up by writing in various genres blending psychology, philosophy, fantasy, dark fantasy, romance, and even horror. I have been writing for twenty-five years, and I plan to write until I die. Writers block? Huh, what's that?

My interests (aside from writing) are composing songs, singing, meditating to classical music, metaphysical realms, philosophical exploration, deep meaningful conversations, playing in the ocean and rain and snow, walking through tall forests, sitting under the stars, (I am so not a party girl), traveling to foreign countries, genealogy, history, quantum physics, and cats. I have four lovely felines (yes, I am a cat lady). I love fairy tales, going outside the box, and reading between the lines. I strive to see what is often missed, and to not miss what can't be seen. There is such a life out there, and in there--beyond all perception! So I close my eyes, feel my inner rhythm, and jump off the cliff of convention. And when I land, though I might be quaking in my boots, I gather my courage and go exploring.

Through travel, study, and work, I've gained a rich awareness of cultural differences among people and their psychosocial struggles. I have discovered that oppression often results from the unexamined adoption of outside perceptions. The healing always has been in the individual's stamina to expel out-side perceptions of self and and constructively exert one's unique core being into the world. I am driven to facilitate expanded awareness that people may separate who they are from who they are told to be. Embracing personal power by loving our unique selves in our weaknesses and strengths, in sickness and in health, for richer or poorer, for better or for worse . . . forever--is a key to joyous living.

My motto is: Trust your story. Live the Mystery.

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Excerpt:

She crawled carefully through dancing feet, under clanking swords, and a rain of blood. She heard whisking and whipping, thumps and thuds, grunts and groans, curses, prayers, and the blasting beat of a thousand hearts, the world yet spinning round and round.

She prayed the warriors would be too engaged in battle to bother with her. Her gown kept catching under her knees, pulling the neck down around her shoulders. Metal feet slammed down around her. Something wet poured over her neck and dripped down her skin curving around her throat. It smelled like blood. However, everything reeked of blood. She kept moving, forbidding tears, wishing she'd drank a second glass of wine, for the elixir seemed to distance her somewhat from the horrors she normally felt.

Ahead, on the outskirts of the battle, she glimpsed a lone oak tree ahead of her, looming there, a live thing, like a mother bidding her to come and fall upon her breast.

Thinking only of the tree, the tree, the beautiful tree, she found herself more quickly there. She dropped her shoulder against the fragrant bark, and curled into a tight ball, very still, afraid to move, lest a knife come flying at her, the way Kayenté had once told her it could.

Her eyes were closed, but the image of swords and bludgeoned bodies flashed erratically in her mind. This battle was like the one in her nightmare: warriors, swords, arrows, blood; and she curled against a tree in a dirty white gown, trembling. Would The Cold One appear next?

Her arm was snatched. Someone pulled her forward so swiftly, she felt like a shooting star. Her vision blurred, so fast they did run. When they stopped, she fell to her hands and knees in the thick foliage, panting hard with burning lungs. Someone stood next to her. Would she now behold The Cold One? What was, was; and what was to be, was to be. She could not change it, so she sat back on her knees and looked up to see dust covered leather pants, and a sword dripping blood. Raising her eyes further, she saw Kayenté's face. It was Kayenté who towered over her!

Her hand flew to her heart. "You aren't The Cold One."

He squatted, resting the sword over his knees. "I don't know about that."

From the Author

Psychology, sociology, philosophy, and metaphysics are not only fundamentally intertwined, but they are the cornerstone to understanding ourselves as well as the current state of affairs on our earth. By opening our minds and expanding beyond our own perceptions of reality, people can begin to separate who they are from who they are told to be. The way out of the labyrinth is to cease the linear walk from today to tomorrow, and move out of the spaces that imprison us, and into the rich wonderland of our individuality. The healing always has been in the individual's stamina to expel outside perceptions of self and constructively exert one's unique core being into the world. Humanity cannot thrive if we do not begin the heroic journey into self. There...we can replenish, grow wings, and fly into the overview where every twist and turn of the labyrinth can be seen. I sincerely believe that from there, we can attain true freedom, know unconditional love, and make wise contributions to this world.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars absolute tosh 9 Jan 2012
By chimera
Format:Paperback
I too bought this book on the basis of the rave reviews. What a mistake. I don't care if the author has won hundreds of prizes for her writing, this book is truly awful. It was a complete waste of money and I also feel as though I have been conned.The writing is toe curling and not in a good way.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING - BEWARE 3 Sep 2010
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I bought this book on the basis of the glowing reviews here and the almost 40 five-star reviews for it over on amazon.com. THIS IS A CON. Take a moment to click on 'See all my reviews' for each of the 5-star ones for this book. Isn't it a strange coincidence that all of them are praise-filled spiels about Susan D. Kalior's books? Seems like these people have nothing in their lives but Susan D. Kalior's greatness.
To put it bluntly, she writes (or gets her friends to write, or whatever) her own reviews, shamelessly and I was silly enough to fall for it. This book is absolute rubbish, cheaply put together and hilariously bad on the inside. DON'T FALL FOR THE CON.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warriors in the Mist 4 Jun 2009
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Loved it,seasoned Warlord warrior and naive priestess coming together to save the world against the bad guy and of course falling in love along the way. A must for medieval fantasy lovers!
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4.0 out of 5 stars good book 20 Aug 2013
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I would recommend this book to anyone who likes love stories with some fighting in it and it doesn't have one of those boring starts it picks up from the very begining
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting, sexy, romantic!! 18 Mar 2011
By ArtisticInAZ - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this to be a book with depth, a thinking person's book. I loved that the author took me into the characters minds and delved into the depth of their personal thoughts, feelings, doubts, fears, hopes and dreams. Incredibly romantic, wildly fascinating and exciting; I was on the "edge of my seat" during many parts of this book. I truly did not know which direction the plot would take which made it all the more interesting to read.

I am surprised at the negative reviews written about this book. It seems to me that the people who wrote them were just looking for light fluff to read. This book is not light; it will challenge your way of thinking and seeing the world.

I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Mystical 25 April 2011
By Sarah H. Nevin - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a beautiful mystical story full of adventure and romance. I really enjoyed it. I love all the books by Susan Kalior and I can't wait for future books! I would recommend this book to anyone.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Worst fantasy or romance I've ever read 27 Sep 2009
By Natwoo - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book based on other reviews by Amazon readers. What a mistake! I've read a lot of fantasy and a lot of romance. This is possibly the worst I've ever read in either category. Things that bothered me: 1. Constantly sobbing and crying heroine 2. Incestual rapes (really, do they need to be in this book and all through the story??) 3. Lame and constant sexual references 4. Characters were just haphazardly thrown in - like the mysterious twin sister vampire...Vampire? Any development on why, how she became a vampire or anything? No, she just grinds her lower jaw and bites and sucks blood. Thats it. Same thing happens with other villians - just thrown in. Poor development 5. Horrible editing - I do mean horrible. I can tell this book did not go through a major publisher as there are typos all the way through as well as half sentences repeated when a new page starts and incorrect spellings. There was probably a typo at least every other page. I quit trying to attempt to figure out what the characters would be saying sometimes because the quote marks were in the wrong places and multiple times you could tell an edit was made to a sentence but the sentence ended up jumbled and didn't make any sense.
I was hoping for a great fantasy romance. What I got was a smutty and poorly written story - I even started laughing at parts because the editing was so poor and the characters were just so terrible. I guess I kept reading in hopes that it would get better, but it was awful to the end. I am going to toss this book out - not a chance I'll be reading it again or recommending it to anyone else - EVER!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating 9 Sep 2009
By D. Makynen - Published on Amazon.com
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I can honestly say it takes alot to grab me and keep me interested in a book. Warriors in the Mist has done just that. The characters hold your attention with genuine appeal. I would recomend this book to anyone who is looking for a book to escape into.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply romantic 15 April 2008
By Karolynn Roethle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book was a great romance that had a lot of suspense throughout it. Was filled with great plots. The author did a wonderful job and can't wait to see more books from her!!!
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