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Maybe the gray was not where people went to get lost. Maybe it was the perfect place to be reborn. For in that gray was the potential to be anything, to become anyone.
Returning to protagonist school had confronted me with a mixed bag of change. Some things were good. I was a star athlete on my Twenty-Three Skidd team, my friends and I were closer than ever, I'd made amends with my traditionalist headmistress, and the surprisingly kind grandson of King Midas was doing his best to win my affection.
Other changes, however, were not so sweet. The greater realm now knew about my Pure Magic, and an upcoming trial by the realm higher-ups and Fairy Godmothers would decide my fate. My former princess archenemy was under a sleeping curse, which meant we couldn’t access the vital memories of a dead Fairy Godmother stored in her brain. The commons rebellion in our realm was only growing in strength. And I . . . Well, I'd taken my first life. The antagonist queen's careful planning paired with my hard-to-control powers of life had caused me to snap and kill someone. He'd been a villain, yes, but that didn't placate my morality. Especially given the ongoing internal war I struggled with over my abilities and their potential.
As I fought to be a strong hero, princess, and more importantly person, I was flogged by the many questions posed by enemies, friends, and my own conscience about how I was changing—and what I was changing into.
Would my magic inevitably corrupt me like the antagonists wanted and our realm's higher-ups feared? My personal fate aside, would my friends and I be able to stop the antagonists from taking over our realm? And finally, was I more afraid of not being powerful enough to stop them, or being even more powerful than anybody anticipated?
About the Author
Geanna Culbertson is the award-winning author of The Crisanta Knight Series. The series has been featured in Girls' Life Magazine as recommended reading for preteen and teen girls, and is an ongoing supporter of Girls on the Run, Read to a Child, and Girl Scouts of the USA. In the last few years Culbertson has been a regular speaker at schools across the country for an array of age groups (from elementary schools to major universities).
Culbertson is a proud alumna of the University of Southern California where she earned her B.A. in Public Relations and triple minor degrees in Marketing, Cinematic Arts, and Critical Approaches to Leadership. She is a part of only 1.3% of her graduating class to earn the double distinction of Renaissance Scholar and Discovery Scholar. Her Discovery Scholar thesis "Beauty & the Badass: Origins of the Hero-Princess Archetype" earned her acclaim in the School of Cinematic Arts and helped fuel her female protagonist writing passions.
When she is not writing, Culbertson enjoys pursuing tasty foods, working out, and adventure. During her time authoring this series she excelled as a manager at one of the country’s top digital marketing agencies, earned her black belt, taught karate to kids, learned the piano, and graduated as a certified sushi chef. As she forges ahead into writing the finale of this series, she is delving into the study of archery and two new languages.
Culbertson wishes to thank all fans, allies, and supporters of her series. At the start of this journey, before Book One was even published, her first and foremost hope was that this series would bring others the joy and inspiration her favorite series bring to her. When she reads reviews from fans in the US, the UK, India, Malaysia, and many other countries around the globe, it fills her with great gratitude, happiness, and increased magical writer powers!