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New Novel Enchants Readers with a World of Fairies and Fantasy

“Oriana” captures the spirit of classical Czech folklore while adding its own unique blend of adventure and magic.

Gold Coast, Australia, September 23, 2012 --( Author Vera Kasal takes readers back to the enchanting realm of myth and magic with Oriana. In her novel, Kasal gives a new and adventurous take on the timeless fairy-tales of old, crafting a captivating yet action-packed epic unique in its blend of contemporary and classic fantasy.

The story begins in the beautiful kingdom of Bohemia, which is ruled by a cruel and heartless King Lothar. Flora, the Fairy Queen of the forest, sends King Lothar a magic fish that will enable him to understand the language of animals, thus making him the most powerful ruler in the world. It comes with one condition, though. Only Tristan, his stable boy, must cook and serve it to him.

Against the king’s orders, Tristan tastes the fish and immediately discovers its magical power. This angers the king, who sends him on a quest to find Oriana, a beautiful princess with hair of spun gold and a gold star on her forehead, for the king wishes to marry her.

Accompanied by his dog, Max, and his horse, Pasha, armed with his newly acquired skill, and guided by his good and generous heart, Tristan embarks on a long and dangerous journey. Along the way he befriends Tom, Dick and Harry, three unusual men with special skills of their own. Together they encounter friends and foes, and face many challenges. To find Oriana they must battle the Immortal Blaze, retrieve a magic sword from the depths of the ocean, climb the Glass Mountain to obtain the Water of Life, find the seeds of the Vanisher, and free the Bluebird of Luck from Morana’s frozen land.

At the end, with Oriana by his side, Tristan will need all his skills to face his biggest adversary yet. The tale of Oriana is full of magic, awe-inspiring beasts and delightful characters. Tristan’s struggle against evil will appeal to all readers, the very young as well as the young at heart.

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About the Author
Vera Kasal was born in Prague, Czech Republic. She was educated and grew up in a city that breathes history, tales, and visual beauty. As a child, she enjoyed drawing castles, princesses, fairies and dragons. As a teenager, she wrote and illustrated stories for her kid sister, who was also the one who encouraged Kasal to write Oriana, a story based on many Czech folk tales that are full of colorful and very unique characters. In 1980, Kasal immigrated to Australia where she lives since then.

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Oriana * by Vera Kasal
Publication Date: September 1, 2012
Trade Paperback; AU$ 29.99; 157 pages; 978-1-4797-0358-6
eBook; $8.95; 978-1-4797-0359-3

To request a complimentary paperback review copy, contact the publisher at 1-800-618-969. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (02) 8282-5055 or call 1-800-618-969.

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