Starlight Bender


Starlight Bender 

by Sofia Nedic

GENRE: Fantasy

Imani Stone has a secret—she possesses an ancestral power to bend starlight.

Having grown up in the lush, magical hills surrounding the ancient city of Lumenor, she is no stranger to star-gazing, potion-making, or tarot-reading. However, in the time of civil war in her city, Imani must hide her power to avoid being recruited by the queen’s legions or killed by the ruthless rebels. But everything changes once the city learns of an incoming army of warriors threatening to destroy Lumenor and steal their starlight crystal. Imani is met with a choice—remain in hiding and help her family or risk everything and join the queen’s legions.

But does she have what it takes to be a legionnaire?

Can she help save Lumenor, or will she be the cause of its demise?

Enjoy An Excerpt:

The dwindling luster of three moons had broken through the fog, enkindling the hills, until black clouds coasting from the north began to cast their shadow over the Mounds. 

“Another bad omen,” Mother whispered, gazing up and shaking her head. Her midnight-colored eyes reflected the fading flecks of gold in the skies, the silver braid that fell over her shoulder glinting with sapphire cuffs.

I rolled my eyes. “Come on Mother, it’s only the sky!”

The growing absence of light didn’t matter anyway—I could make the trip to Zana’s house with my eyes closed. I built a deep bond with the hills of Lumenor at a young age, playing hide-and-seek and chase-a-thief with Zuri over the years. I knew their cold river streams and blue rock bones more intimately than my own body in some ways.

Mother paused at the base of the next hill. “I don’t need to remind you to watch your tongue regarding…“ She peeked over her shoulder to make sure we were alone. “Regarding you know what.”

I sighed. “You don’t need to say it every time. I know.”

About the Author:

Sofia Nedic is a Slavic immigrant living in Austin, Texas with her husband and pup. She is a tech and fantasy nerd, and an avid enjoyer of ancient history, spirituality, and alchemy. When she is not working or crafting stories, she is exploring nature, reading books, visualizing her daydreams through AI art, or immersing herself in tarot and astrology.

Sofia visualizes the scenes and characters from her stories with AI art on her Instagram @starlight_bender.

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