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Key of Arcandus

Carving Legacies

Key of Arcandus

"Didn't you hear? I read books and break worlds."


Three mages need her.

A warlock is using her.

The goddess of death is hiding her.

And Siroun's story is only the beginning.


A bookish pariah finds her world turned upside down when a nefarious outsider leaves a trail of death in his wake. As the sole survivor of the onslaught, Siroun finds herself accused of crimes she didn't commit and banished from her homeland. With nowhere to go and only one way to clear her name, Siroun's journey takes her far from comfort and into the arms of destiny.


Key of Arcandus is the first book in the Carving Legacies series that follows the story of Siroun who is throttled into a chaotic mission to clear her name. When a warlock steals a map and murders Siroun's colleagues within the quaint village library, she unwittingly teams up with three mages to pursue him while exploring the outside world in ways she couldn't have imagined. As the bonds of friendship tighten with her mage companions, Siroun comes to discover who she really is and why she can't go home.

This high fantasy coming of age story explores those first-time feelings when you step out into the world and realize you need to adapt quickly to survive. Siroun's story is only the beginning to a much larger scheme at play by deities that move mortals like pawns in their games of dominance. Inspired heavily by popular game and anime franchises, Key of Arcandus is a great read for those who like exploring new lands and magic systems, while also enjoying a healthy blend of humor with their dark fantasy.

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About the Author

Lauren Sefchik is an Arizona native who avoids the sun by day, and conquers raid bosses by night. Her love for geek culture started with a video game console from the 70's, a set of polyhedral dice, and a team of heroines in sailor suits. She seeks an army of adventurers willing to journey with her to the furthest reaches of their imaginations with love, laughter, and a lot of mead!

Twitter: @lauren_sefchik
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