Awakening (Legion #3) by A.D. Starrling released on Thursday in the Adult, Urban Fantasy genre.
Knowledge is power. Several months after discovering the real reason behind his mother’s confinement to a psychiatric hospital and her eventual death, Otis Boone is at a crossroads. With the Vatican’s experts still unable to translate her journals, he goes on a desperate search for someone who can help him decipher the hidden code in her writings. After hearing a rumor about a mysterious collector, Otis persuades Artemus Steele and his group of unearthly housemates to accompany him to Salem. But the arcane bookstore owner they meet is even more mystifying than they expected.
Sebastian Lancaster has spent the last two centuries trying to forget the awful night a monster invaded his home and slaughtered his family. When Artemus and his allies break into his bookstore and inadvertently bring a horde of demons with them, Sebastian finds himself thrust into an adventure he never wanted. Fate comes calling when he crosses path with an enigmatic Theology professor and events unfold that neither he nor Artemus could have anticipated.
As they race against time to save one of their own, Artemus and Sebastian must put aside their differences and work together to track down a demon hideout in England. But Sebastian is hiding a secret. One that has the potential to bring Hell to Earth.
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Otis Boone eyed the mouth of the alleyway across the road nervously. A summer rainstorm plummeted from the Chicago night sky, the showers rendered more forceful by the winds blowing off Lake Michigan.
He cleared the misted breath from his spectacles, pulled the hood of his coat low over his head, and darted between the traffic swishing along the avenue.
The hems of his trousers were wet by the time he entered the alley. He checked the address on his phone before studying the neon sign on the building halfway down the shadowy passage. The cracked light bars flickered dully, the bottom one intermittently cutting out. Otis swallowed.
This is the right place.
Trepidation churned his stomach. His instincts were yelling at him to turn around and walk out of there. His feet started to move almost unconsciously.
He stopped and fisted his hands.
There was too much at stake for him to turn tail now.
Otis clenched his jaw, marched up the alley, and strode inside the bar with more confidence than he felt.
The interior was just as murky as he’d expected it to be. It was also busy for a Tuesday night.
He made his way to the counter, ordered a beer, and headed into the back room. The reserved booth was at the far end, just as the man he was meeting had promised it would be. Otis took a seat with his back to the wall and huddled over his drink while he watched the crowd.
Artemus will kill me if he finds out about this.
His boss’s default irate expression rose before his eyes, along with the faces of his new housemates. People Otis had met for the first time three months ago, on the day he discovered that the world he lived in was full of strange and fearsome creatures and that he was part of that extraordinary circle by virtue of his birth.
His mother’s death was something that still weighed heavily on Otis’s conscience. It was during her pregnancy that Catherine Boone had started to exhibit symptoms that would eventually lead to her confinement to a psychiatric hospital, the day after she gave birth to him. Even though there was no logical reason to blame himself, Otis had never been able to rid himself of the guilt that had plagued him ever since the day he discovered the details of what had led to her incarceration.
That her delusions and the journals she would go on to write over the years that followed were foreshadowings of events currently unfolding around the world at large had come as a shock to Otis. In contrast, his father William had seemed almost relieved to have his dead wife finally vindicated.
It was because of his mother’s journals that Otis found himself in his present predicament. When Artemus had returned from L.A. with Haruki Kuroda, AKA the Colchian Dragon, in tow, he’d walked in on Otis trying to translate his mother’s writings. He’d also discovered that the uncanny powers Otis had exhibited for the first time in the secret bunker where his father had been hiding under their family farm had grown stronger. It was with some reluctance that Otis had admitted to the strange dreams he’d started to have too. Dreams that hinted at his true origins.
The discovery of the names of the fathers of Artemus and his twin brother Drake had stunned Otis to the core, as had the identity of the demon commander they had defeated in L.A. In the weeks that followed, he’d started searching for someone, anyone who could help him decipher his mother’s writings. For it had become clear to him that the events Artemus and his companions had found themselves at the center of were but the start of more ominous things to come.
The only clues they possessed to help prevent the upcoming Apocalypse foretold by Otis’s mother were in her journals. Unfortunately, as Otis and his father before him had discovered, Catherine Boone had written a code within a code. One that even the Vatican had been unable to decrypt.
It was desperation that had led Otis to the dark web four weeks past. And it was in one of the chat rooms there that he’d eventually stumbled across someone who had come up with a plausible lead.
A shadow fell across Otis. He looked up at the hulking figure who’d stopped next to his table and did his best to mask the gut-wrenching fear suddenly twisting through him.
“Dark Lord?” the giant mumbled.
Otis swallowed. He’d come up with the alias on the spur of the moment and now regretted it. “Wasp?”
The giant nodded and took the seat opposite him. “I can’t stay for long. I have the nightshift at work.”
Relief flooded Otis. The guy wasn’t anywhere as menacing as he’d first come across. “Thanks for arranging this meeting.”
The giant dipped his chin shyly. “To be honest, I was kinda curious about you. Although you’re mostly quiet in the chat rooms, whenever you do speak up, it’s always interesting. That’s why I thought of you when I heard this story.”
Otis’s pulse accelerated. “What is it about?”
The giant looked around the bar to make sure no one else was within earshot, leaned toward Otis, and started to talk in a low voice.
Otis’s eyes slowly widened as he listened.
AUTHOR BIO: AD Starrling’s bestselling supernatural thriller series Seventeen combines action, suspense, and a heavy dose of the paranormal to make each book an explosive, adrenaline-fueled ride. Her spin-off urban fantasy series Legion has been compared to Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files. If you prefer your action hot and your heroes sexy and strong-willed, then check out her romantic military thriller series Division Eight.
When she’s not busy writing, AD can be found eating Thai food, being tortured by her back therapists, drooling over gadgets, working part-time as a doctor on a Neonatal Intensive Care unit somewhere in the UK, reading manga, and watching action flicks and anime. She has occasionally been accused of committing art with a charcoal stick and some drawing paper.
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It sounds like a really interesting book.
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The cover is wonderfully creepy! Thanks for the giveaway.
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This sounds great! The cover is awesome! ❤
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