Monday 3 April 2023

Excerpt of Temple of Ice by Christian Cura

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the TEMPLE OF ICE by Christian Cura Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!


About The Book:


Author: Christian Cura

Pub. Date: May 10, 2021

Publisher: Christian Cura

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 340

Find it: Goodreads 

Meet Tama, an adept winter mage of Khione, a beautiful, dangerous land. Bloodthirsty monsters roam the frozen wilderness, and the unforgiving elements are a constant. Tama and her friends—Kachina and Masou—are on the cusp of completing their education at the temple where they have trained for the past four years. They need only to do one more thing: earn the Goddess Tira’s final anointing. But to do that, they must fight through hordes of corrupted creatures and endure the perplexing obstacles within Mount Orodani.

The road before them is long and bloody, and Tira’s evil sister, Malsumi, won’t stop sending her minions until she is strong enough to break free of her prison. Tama fights valiantly to defend herself and her people from these twisted monsters. But she will soon discover the real threat is much closer than she initially thought…


". . . Christian Cura's Temple of Ice is a fast-paced, action-packed fantasy story full of thrills, suspense, and unsuspecting moments . . ."-Rolanda Lyles, Readers' Favorite 5 out of 5 stars
". . . a thrilling book to read." 4 out of 5 stars
"Temple of Ice is an action-filled sword and sorcery novel. With a well-crafted magic system, an interesting setting, and fascinating characters, fantasy fans will find plenty to love in Christian Cura's suspenseful novel."-Literary Titan 4 out of 5 stars


Liseli walked along the row of statues and gazed in awe at the life-like appearance of each one. Then she  turned and approached one sculpture in the center of the lobby, which portrayed three young women  standing atop a snowy promontory. “And who are these fine ladies?” 

“These are Tayen, Mika, and Sakari. Legendary figures among our people.” 

“Do tell!” 

Tama explained how the Khioni used to live in a fertile valley, their broken covenant with Tira, and  their subsequent exile. 

“After we were exiled from the valley, the three clans blamed one another. We bickered over land and  resources. The bickering escalated to skirmishing, and the skirmishing led to war. Our people became  divided and bitter over the bloodshed. As a small measure of mercy, Tira gave us magic so we could have  control over our environment. She opened two gateways through which magic flowed: Mount Orodani and  the Beirani Sea. For a time, we only used our powers peacefully, but it didn’t take us long to realize we  could use it as a weapon. The first tushka were trained to kill other Khioni. We warred among ourselves for  centuries. Grieved that we were misusing our gift, Tira closed the gateways. Although the winter mages  retained their power, no new mages were born after the gateways closed. Again, the three clans blamed one  another, and war continued. They fought until the winter mages dwindled to near extinction.” 

Liseli gasped. 

“Eventually, they were the last three winter mages,” Tama said, pointing to the statues. “One from each  clan. Each of them was competent with one winter element but struggled with the other two. One night,  their spirit guides led them to each other, and together, they matured in their powers. Then they went back 

to their respective chiefs and told them what had happened. Moved by their story, the three chiefs decided  that day to end all hostilities.” 

“Wow,” Liseli exclaimed. 

“The three clans were reconciled back into one nation, and we settled here. The three chiefs ruled  concurrently as the first tribal council. Tayen, Mika, and Sakari built that shrine over there to honor Tira  and atone for our sins. Pleased that we had reconciled, the Goddess transformed the shrine into a new  gateway, restoring magic to our people. When new winter mages emerged, these three trained them together  at the shrine. Centuries of peace followed. Over time, as our population grew, the shrine was expanded into  the winter mage temple.” 

“What an incredible story! I wish I could have met them,” Liseli said. 

“As do I.” 

Isabelle appeared in the corridor leading out of the lobby. “Liseli, it’s time for supper.” “Thank you for the tour, Tama. But I must go now.” 

“You’re welcome.” 

“I hope to see you again,” Liseli said with a twinkle in her eye.  

Tama smiled.

About Christian Cura:

Christian Cura is an independent writer who dreams of becoming a successful author. Ever since he read Lord of the Rings as a teenager, it has been his dream to write and publish a novel of his own. Christian's favorite authors include J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling and Robert Jordan. When he is not writing, Christian can be found getting beaten up at his MMA gym. His other hobbies include, drawing, photography, graphic design and eating.

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Giveaway Details:

2 winners will receive character portraits from TEMPLE OF ICE, US Only.

Ends April 18th, midnight EST.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Vicki! Thank you for participating in my book tour!