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Philip Carlisle
Surviving Eros

Young Adult; Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror; (Market)

Book I : The Paradox of Jayne Le Faye is a cerebral, dual-world, fantasy adventure that combines two popular methods of re-making a character’s reality; magic and the mind. In this case, both are broken. A brilliant college girl holds the magic. A young soldier wakes from a coma with the broken mind. The twist comes when the girl breaks the rules of her own to aid the wounded soldier with a spell she's not permitted to do yet. It weaves beyond her control and traps his mind within one of her magical story books. With no other option, she makes a deal with a fallen angel to gain the power to go in after him. Once inside, both become the book’s lead characters with their other identities suppressed…mostly. The novel’s story of a hero straining to combat a demoness hellbent on reclaiming the soul of a young sorceress plays out with clear parallels to the character’s lives in the outside world along with real consequences once the pair manage to escape. It’s a mature take on The Chronicles of Narnia mixed with the unstable reality of A Beautiful Mind.