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Where did we go so wrong?

"Nothing gold can stay."
Robert Frost

Being a princess isn't always what it's cracked up to be. Apparently, things get even worse when your older brother is better than you in everything. Tired of remaining in another's shadow, Lorelei learns this lesson the hard way when she undertakes an epic adventure to win her father's affection—with disastrous results. It soon occurs to her that the outside world is entirely different from what she has been used to, and she is obliged to learn its workings in order to survive.

Violently thrust into hostile and alien surroundings, Lorelei needs to subvert its rules to her advantage. She is given the chance to do so when an accidental misunderstanding earns her the respect of the local juveniles, placing her in a position of power within their circles. Suddenly, everything seems to have changed for the better. Surely it can't hurt to maintain this illusion for a little while longer? Bending a few morals along the way isn't too high of a price to pay, given the alternatives. What could possibly go wrong?

Too bad she hasn't counted on how attractive the first taste of power can be. Or how difficult it is to hold on to it. Or how often it is that people only recognize the importance of something after that thing has been well and truly lost.

The narrative poem was released in hardcover and paperback format and is available at

This book provides examples of:

  • Adults Are Useless: No one over the age of 14 seems capable of making important decisions or getting anything done. Somewhat Truth in Fiction since the adults tend to become mired in larger issues of state security and politics. It takes a year-long absence of his daughter before Arulaine even starts to take matters seriously, and even more time to spur himself to do something about it. Then again, he WAS battling depression at the time, so...
  • Doorstopper: 800+ pages of rhyming couplets make this a contender.
  • Enfant Terrible: Lorelei. She leaves behind an impressive number of dead friends in her wake.
  • Kid Sidekick: Malachi and Tabaqui to Lorelei. Also Rixaldin to Sheriden— or is it the other way round?
  • Knight Templar Parent: Arulaine is perfectly willing to risk the future of his kingdom to save his daughter. Everything he does is for her own good. Too bad he doesn't know how to express it.
  • Little Stowaway: Lorelei stows away with some traders to begin her adventures.
  • Satire: Of its genre. Protagonist is a heroine instead of a hero, the strong/capable female turns out to be not so strong/capable in ways clear to the others, love triangles don't work out to the heroine's advantage, and there is no happily-ever-after.
  • Why Are You Not My Son?: Arulaine seems to like his nephew Malachi more than his daughter and make comparisons between them
  • Wizard Duel: Malachi vs. Aurin. Also between Malachi and Lorelei
  • You Can Turn Back: Lorelei gives Tabaqui a chance to turn back. She is given her own chance to turn back later on. Both of them should have accepted, really.
  • You Should Have Died Instead: Arulaine's implied attitude to Lorelei, after his wife and son's deaths. He doesn't actually mean it
  • Younger Than They Look: The Skaven weasel race; who are mortal but don't appear to go through puberty. Even their adults and elders retain the appearances of young children.