The Lilies of Dawn

"[T]his novella is a well-crafted gem" - review by Maria Haskins

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Sometimes our most important qualities are not the ones we recognize in ourselves.

There is a lake of marvels. A lake of water lilies that glow with the color of dawn. For generations Kai’s people have harvested these lilies, dependent upon them for the precious medicines they provide.

But now a flock of enchanted cranes has come to steal and poison the harvest. The lilies are dying. Kai’s people are in peril. A mysterious young man from the city thinks he might have a solution. Kai must work with him to solve the mystery of the cranes, and it will take all her courage, love, strength, and wisdom to do what she must to save both the lilies and her people.

This is a lushly written, lyrical fairy tale of love, duty, family, and one young woman’s coming of age.

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The Lilies of Dawn

by Vanessa Fogg

ebook: $2.99
paperback: $7.99, 76 pages

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Praise for The Lilies of Dawn

"[A] magical and heartwarming story" - A review at Read Diverse Books

"[A] deliciously atmospheric tale that blends fairy tale and fantasy. I read it through in one sitting and you should consider doing the same." - A review by Cait Coker in The Future Fire

"[R]eading it was like floating" - a review on Amazon

"[A] wonderfully sweet and fantastically written book." - a review by Nthato Morakabi at A-Scribe to Describe

"The Lilies of Dawn has a flowing quality in its prose... the craftsmanship is such that one doesn’t notice it for itself until the end of the story, when its strength to carry one through becomes suddenly apparent, and the loss of its beauty at the end slightly wrenching." - a review at Intellectus Speculativus

"The world is built slowly but thoroughly. It is foreign but natural, ethereal and gentle, beautiful and terrifying. In short, it is a fully realised fantasy world, an amazing accomplishment in such a tiny book.... This book has absolutely beautiful story-telling and world building." - a review at Quills and Roses

About the Author

Vanessa Fogg dreams of dragons, selkies, and other oddities from her home in western Michigan. Her short stories have appeared in number of science fiction and fantasy magazines, as well as in a few non-genre venues. For more, visit her website at
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