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Sword shall guide the hands of men....whether she wants to or not.
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Sword shall guide the hands of men...

For over a thousand years, the kingdom of Lardan has been at peace: isolated from the world, slowly forgetting the wild and deadly magic of its origins. Now the deepest truths of the past and the darkest predictions for the future survive only in the verses of nursery rhymes.

And prophecies are just nursery rhymes for gullible fools. Right?

So thinks Kyali Corwynall, daughter of the Lord General and the court's only sword-wielding girl. She’s never bothered believing in faery stories. But one day, an old nursery rhyme she’s heard since childhood begins to come true, naming her as Sword and her brother and best friend as Song and Crown, saviors of the kingdom. When that ancient magic wakes, the future changes for everyone. In the space of a single night, her life unravels into violence and chaos.

Now Kyali must find a way to master the magic her people have abandoned, or watch her world - and her closest friends - fall to a war older than the kingdom itself.

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Read the first two chapters now!

Help Candlemark & Gleam get ready for the print release of Sword, a stunning epic YA fantasy debut by Amy Bai! We're running this campaign as a way to offer fantastic bonuses to everyone who's eager for the novel - back the project and get some cool bonuses as a reward!

This Epic Bonus Bundle Offer may be your only chance to get posters, notecards, tee shirts, and more featuring the gorgeous cover art by Jenny Zemanek of Seedlings Design. Plus, you can have your print copy personalized by Amy, on a custom bookplate made just for the Kickstarter bonus campaign!

The print edition is extra-special - it'll include a bonus short story by Amy and portraits of the main characters by Jenny, both exclusives that won't appear in the digital edition. Print is still where it's at, man!

Please note that because many rewards, especially at the higher levels, have to be made to order or are being handmade, it may take some time for your bonus bundle to ship after the close of the campaign. Please bear with us - we want to make sure everything is produced to high standards and that you love both the book and the bonuses. We'll send out digital copies right away, and bonus bundles will follow as quickly as possible after that.

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We're already planning ahead and swinging for the fences with this one. Amy has limbered up her writing arm, and we're offering some phenomenal escalator rewards...

Stretch Goals:

$500: Swag! 
At $500 in pledges, everyone who backs for $20 or more will get a Bag O' Swag relating to the novel. No telling what's in it, but we promise it will be neat!

$750: Storytime
At $750 in pledges, we'll be adding a second PDF short story to the mix for everyone who backs at the $25 level and up.

$1,000: House Allegiance
At $1,000 in pledges, we'll send out custom House Corwynall patches to all backers at $35 and up.

$1,500: Tea Break
At $1,500 in pledges, we'll work with artisan blender Tea Noir to create a custom SWORD loose-leaf tea blend for all backers at $45 and up.

Beyond that? Let’s just say that we'll come up with some great incentives if we get that far....!

Risks and challenges

While there are risks in every project, we've already addressed most of them here! We're experienced book publishers, specializing in fantastika, and we're ready to bring this book to the world.

The manuscript is done, edited, and typeset; the cover art is in; the book is queued for production and WILL launch in February 2015 - we're just looking for pre-launch interest and a way to help pay for the initial printing costs.

Keep in mind that while this is a pre-order, it DOESN'T mean you'll get your book ahead of the launch date. In fact, because of production schedules and creating the extra rewards, you'll likely receive your physical rewards up to a month after the book launches. Your digital edition will come on release day, though, to get you started!

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    DIGERATI: You get a DRM-free digital copy of SWORD, in your choice of formats. Thank you!

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    FARMER: You get a print copy of SWORD, with accompanying DRM-free digital copy.

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    SOLDIER: You get a print copy of SWORD, with accompanying DRM-free digital copy. Amy Bai, the author, will sign and personalize your copy via a custom bookplate.

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    LIEUTENANT: You get a print copy of SWORD, with accompanying DRM-free digital copy. Amy Bai, the author, will sign and personalize your copy via a custom bookplate. You'll also get a PDF of a new short story by Amy, set in the world of Lardan.

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    EARL: You get print and digital copies of SWORD and your print copy will be personalized via bookplate. You'll also get a PDF of a new short story by Amy, set in the world of Lardan. You'll also receive an 11x17 poster of the book's gorgeous cover, created by Jenny Zemanek of Seedlings Online.

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    DUKE: You get print and digital copies of SWORD and your print copy will be personalized via bookplate. You'll also receive the short story, the cover poster, and an Exile's Army dogtag.

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    RETAIL PACK: RETAIL PACK: You'll receive 5 paperback copies of SWORD by Amy Bai direct from the publisher, ready and waiting for resale, along with a batch of bookmarks for your store. Perfect for bookstores, comic shops, game shops, and more! Domestic shipping is included.

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    FRAONIR: You get print and digital copies of SWORD and your print copy will be personalized via bookplate. You'll also receive the short story, the cover poster, and an Exile's Army dogtag, along with a set of notecards featuring the cover and graphics from the novel.

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    NOBLE: You get print and digital copies of SWORD and your print copy will be personalized via bookplate. You'll also receive the short story, the cover poster, an Exile's Army dogtag, and the custom notecards. You'll also get a tee shirt featuring the SWORD cover art!

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    COLLECTOR: You'll receive a special Kickstarter edition hardcover of the novel, signed and personalized by Amy Bai. You'll also receive the digital edition of the novel, the new short story, the cover poster, an Exile's Army dogtag, and the custom notecards, along with a tee shirt featuring the SWORD cover art! Plus, you'll receive your choice of House Corwynall or House Marsadron crest necklace.

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