Edith Pawlicki

a curly haired dreamer who tries

Immortal Beings

The Immortal Beings is a loose series set in the same Asian-inspired fantasy world. (You can read about its origins in Meta). I originally intended it to be a standalone novel, but in order to fully develop the four characters and their stories in Vows of Gold and Laughter, I split it into two books. Tale One and Tale Two are thus a continuation of the same story; I advise against reading Tale Two before Tale One. I really loved this world though, and by the time I finished Tale Two, I really wanted to follow up with some of the supporting characters and explore future challenges in the world. However, while I think Tale Three is richer for having read the first two, it also can stand on its own -- and that will be true for Tale four as well. I don't know how many tales there will end up being!

Vows of Gold and Laughter

Vows of Gold and Laughter

Tale One of the Immortal Beings

The meeting of four lonely immortals will change them - and the world.

High in the Heavens, an immortal court celebrates the betrothal of Jin, Goddess of Beauty, and Xiao, God of Pleasure. But as soon as the vows are made, the Sun Emperor collapses from a death curse.

Raised away from the Sun Court after her mother's murder, Jin is called a useless goddess, but she is now the emperor's only hope. The curse's cure is locked in the Underworld, and even though the court dismisses him as a hopeless alcoholic, Xiao vows to help his betrothed find the lost key.

They hire a thief who is more interested in stealing the groom than recovering the key, and begin their search at the legendary grave of the Great Warrior - only it turns out he never died. Tens of millennia old, he is a master of everything but his own heart.

Their journey takes them from the icy peaks of the White Mountain and the lush banks of the Kuanbai River to the palace of the Sea Dragon and the halls of the Moon Deer, through court intrigue and bloody battles, power struggles and magical traps. The Heavens, Earth, and the Underworld will forever celebrate their triumphs - and mourn their mistakes.

Loves of Shadow and Power

Loves of Shadow and Power

Tale Two of the Immortal Beings

Are the worst demons within or without?

Finally in the Underworld, Jin must find the black peony - and survive the immortal creatures that hunger for her.

Xiao would prefer ravenous immortal creatures to his parents. Imprisoned and continuously drained of power, Xiao is spiralling into addiction and despair...

Nanami doesn't know Xiao is drinking again. She just knows she needs to save the man she loves, even if it means getting help from an old foe. And if no one believes she can handle the powers she is challenging, well, Nanami has always defied expectations.

Speaking of expectations, Bai is shocked by the power that mortal worship grants the gods. Humbled by a confrontation with them, he must reinvent himself if he wants to claim the place next to Jin.

Separated by circumstance, the four friends must fight gods, monsters, and even themselves to come together again. But if they find each other, will they have changed too much to reunite?

Trials of Death and Rebirth

Trials of Death and Rebirth

Tale Three of the Immortal Beings

Legend says that if the Threefold Goddess is burned alive, the ancient gods will rise again.

But just because those who preach such lunacy call themselves the “Cult of Karana” doesn’t mean they have anything to do with him. After all, the Threefold Goddess is Karana’s niece and her rule lets Karana wander the Earth without a care in the world. Until he meets a young immortal who suddenly makes Karana care an awful lot.

Three thousand years ago, An Ning awoke in an unfamiliar body with no memory of her past. She slowly mastered her immortal magic and made a quiet life among mortals, but she feels deeply alone and dark nightmares haunt her. Nightmares that are tied to the strange immortal who has drifted into her village.

An Ning wants - needs - to understand who she is and how she came to be this way. And maybe find a way to be the person she feels inside. For the first time, Karana makes her believe that might be possible, and together they set off on a pilgrimage to find An Ning’s past.

In cursed temples and the depths of the Underworld, facing deadly creatures and mortal cultists, An Ning and Karana find the courage to face their pasts.

For pain can’t be outrun - but it can be overcome.

Not Yet Titled

Tale Four of the Immortal Beings

Lian is the eldest - and almost perfect - daughter of the Threefold Goddess and the Knowing God. But her parents don't know that she is hiding a youthful mistake that caused a terribly tragedy.

Ikkyo is the adopted daughter of the disgraced Goddess of Justice. She has vowed to restore her mother's honor and reveal the corrupt nature of the family that shamed her - Lian's family.

When these two destined enemies meet at the Immortal Hall of Learning, their feelings aren't purely antagonistic. In fact, they might even be falling in love.

But when Lian's childhood folly comes to light, it becomes clear that their choices are love or their own lives.

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