Okay, this is not about the Divine Comedy (one of my favorite piece of art), but I read the first line of the synopsis and bam, it jumped into my mind and made me want to read this story. Then I read the synopsis, figured out the plot is the coolest. And then, Shayna came by and talked to me about the book’s inspiration, and I was absolutely sure I wanted to read this book. And that cover… stunning.
The book is A Soul Reclaimed by Shayna Grissom, a Fantasy, Young Adult that will release on May 28th.
Hell is divided into seven regions. The first region is designated for the purest of souls, the seventh is for the evilest. There was once a king of Hell, but the steward family has ruled for centuries.
Nora, the stepdaughter of the steward is undone when her mother and step-father take away her beloved tutor, Peter. When Nora confronts the steward and her mother, the discussion is heated and ends with the steward in inexplicable pain.
Shortly after, Nora finds herself in the Starry Wood. Peter told her of the perils within the forest, and it’s not long before the inhabitants of the wood find her.
A giant hunter named Aegis comes to Nora’s aid. He is drawn to Nora, compelled to protect her from the steward’s assassins, the giants, and the evil souls who escape the seventh region.
Together, they travel the seven layers of Hell to discover why the steward is so threatened by a teenage girl.
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AUTHOR BIO: Shayna Grissom was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She currently resides in Seattle with her husband, two children, and her beloved pets. Shayna draws inspiration for her writings from binge-watching too many shows with far too much wine. She is a lover of the macabre, the strange, natural sciences, and films that feature vivid colors and imagery. Her favorite film director is Guillermo Del Toro, and her favorite books growing up were Anne Rice novels.
Shayna came by to talk about the inspiration for A Soul Reclaimed.
The inspiration for A Soul Reclaimed came about like most of my writings, it was inspired by a dream. Normally I have bits and pieces that I work into a novel, but in this case the story was fully laid out in my dream. It was like watching a film. I read a lot on mythology and there’s no doubt in my mind that The Divine Comedy was thrown into that blender.
The underlining theme is that people have it wrong when it comes to mythology. Souls only carry fragments of their past lives to the other world. They do their best to make sense of it all, but ultimately, they get a lot of it wrong.
Sometimes we think we must be “this way/right” because it’s what we feel in our hearts. How could something be wrong when we feel so strongly about it? Perhaps it’s because we have a limited understanding of an aspect of our opinion/belief/passion and are unable to see the big picture. Nothing is what it seems in my version of Hell, not even for the things that reside there.
Author links: https://www.sgrissom.com/
This post is part of a Tour. Follow it for more about the story or the author. You can find the schedule here (http://xpressobooktours.com/2019/02/19/tour-sign-up-a-soul-reclaimed-by-shayna-grissom/)
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