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Forbidden (Every Shadow Lifted 1)

    Deep beneath the roots of the rainforest, a cancer has festered in the darkness for generations...

     Princess Kiara has grown up in a cave where people living there have believed one imprisoning lie for generations: there is no such thing as the outside world. Though, she herself has always felt like there must be more, when she stumbles upon a letter from her mother who she thought was lost forever and learns she’s not only alive, but alive somewhere on the surface, trapped in a prison, deep in the heart of the jungle, all her suspicions are put to the ultimate test of their mettle.

     She is determined to find a way out, but escaping a city your own father rules over is no easy feat, especially when your not sure who you can trust.

     On her search for light, she encounters both horrors and wonders, and creates an unlikely connection with an orphan boy with secrets to tell when she catches him mining gems despite the strict rules prohibiting such activities.

    Up against her own fears, self doubt, and darkness itself, she soon finds out some of the hardest fights never leave the battlefield of one’s own heart. 

    Can she bring herself to trust or even hope long enough to fight her way out of the darkness? Or will her own chains around her soul keep her locked down.

     Launched into the adventure of her life, she set out to find her mom, but first she has to find herself.


Forsaken (Every Shadow Lifted 2)

    Caverna had far too many secrets, but the twisted vines of the jungle tend to hold their skeletons just as close to their chest.


    At last reaching the sunlight, Kiara and Hadyn soak in every ray, struggling to believe even their own senses, but the journey is far from over. 

    Kiara thought her biggest problem was escaping Caverna, but the wide open world of the surface might not be as free as it seems, not to mention, it’s bigger and stranger than she could have ever imagined; what unfolds after they are inexplicably drawn to a curious jungle village proving far stranger than even the rainforest itself. Bathed in all its blue fire, the vivid nocturnal life of Tykaraijre contrasts the somber, strict diligence of its days, its people and chief a greater puzzle still.

    Hadyn’s distrust rears its head, to the point that Kiara wonders if he even trusts her, while she on the other hand is all but swept up in fascination and curiosity for the village. 

    Jealousies and suspicions abound when knew faces drive wedges between their friendship and far too many unanswered questions begin to build up, but before Kiara realizes something’s not right, a nagging illness warrants more concern, impeding their journey’s progress.

    Her ambitions were greater than falling into yet another prison, but what do you do when the world’s so big, it makes you feel smaller than you ever thought you were?

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Forgiven (Every Shadow Lifted 3)

Forgiveness is a tricky thing. True forgiveness is never earned, but freely given, and often forgotten …

Waking up in a new village, Kiara finds herself rescued and safe … or so everyone keeps telling her. Even Hadyn seems to have forgotten the horrors they went through in Tykaraijre. But Kiara won’t. The carnage of the scar on her palm won’t let her forget even for a moment, and her guilt threatens to take her under.

As she waits for her body to heal, greater even are the wounds of her heart, and for some time it is uncertain if she’ll ever be the same again. 

But she has to try.

After all, her mother is still lost and Kiara yet has a journey ahead of her. Teaming up with a formidable Arokno warrior, Kiara and Hadyn set off into the jungle once more, facing flooded marshlands and the creatures lurking beneath; cannibals; and the great heights of the tepuis. The trials test them like never before. But none of it can stop Kiara from getting to her mother, none of it can dim her anticipation. 

Kiara had been searching for the light all her life, but she realized she was never prepared to actually let it in. It’s not until she forgives herself that she will be able to find any strength at all, not until she allows herself to be forgiven.

Books by Ellie Maureen

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