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Ebook Details
  • 03/2022
  • 978-1-957237-00-8 B09QMJF167
  • 454 pages
  • $4.99
Paperback Details
  • 03/2022
  • 978-1-957237-01-5
  • 454 pages
  • $19.99
Hardcover Details
  • 03/2022
  • 978-1-957237-03-9
  • 454 pages
  • $32.99
Thiago Abdalla
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A Touch of Light
The dead shall not be mourned or remembered, for death is the enemy, and will only drive the Seraph away. The Domain is the bastion of life. The Seraph blesses her faithful with endless years, and death is kept away in hope for Her return. The Domain nations have maintained a tenuous peace with the southern clans, who believe life must be returned to the Earth to keep it whole. But the world of Avarin is changing. A deadly frenzy spreads among the people of the Domain, while parts of the clan lands seem to be withering away. Warriors on both sides will be tested. Some may turn to old beliefs to pull them through, while others will have no choice but to challenge them.
Reviews
Abdalla imagines a memorable larger-than-life adventure in his debut fantasy novel, dropping readers into the imaginative world of Avarin, where political and religious strife stirs a clash between the Domain and the clans to the south. As those in the Domain hold tight to their belief that the Seraph watches over them and will one day return to raise the preserved dead, those in the clans follow an opposing doctrine and their custom to return their dead to the Earth. But when a mysterious illness known as “the Madness” spreads through the land, transforming those in its path into wild ravenous creatures with a lust for blood, the Domain and the clans must work together and save their world before the sickness claims them all.

Three rich storylines will enrapture fans of thoughtful fantasy. Prince Adrian of Othonea takes center stage as he struggles to live up to the memory of his deceased brother. Nasha, a fierce female protagonist, believes herself to be cursed and wants nothing more than to be respected as a member of the Ronar clan. And Lynn, whom we first meet in a prison cell of her own choosing, seeks redemption and seizes the opportunity to prove her value when the Madness spreads throughout the land. These characters find themselves battling their internal conflicts while struggling to survive the chilling illness, enduring vivid battles and heartbreaking betrayals that will keep readers glued to the page.

The depth and scope of Abdalla’s fantasy handily earn the “epic” designation, which means the novel might challenge readers not fascinated by worldbuilding and sprawling casts. But the characters’ journeys will reward the patient, who will enjoy watching Adrian, Nasha, and Lynn come to the thrilling realization that they must work with their enemies to save the land from the Madness. In the end, Abdalla will leave fantasy fans thirsty for more.

Takeaway: Fantasy readers fascinated by religious and political strife and rich characterization will savor this epic.

Great for fans of: Tanith Lee, Aliette de Bodard

Production grades
Cover: A-
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: A
Editing: A
Marketing copy: A

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 03/2022
  • 978-1-957237-00-8 B09QMJF167
  • 454 pages
  • $4.99
Paperback Details
  • 03/2022
  • 978-1-957237-01-5
  • 454 pages
  • $19.99
Hardcover Details
  • 03/2022
  • 978-1-957237-03-9
  • 454 pages
  • $32.99

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