Silver To The Heart (Light of Adua I) by Brien Feathers released last year in the adult, dark fantasy, urban fantasy genre.
— So begins the apocalypse, with death and a story of love —
An old soul (several centuries old), the lover, fighter, and telekinetic Drake receives an order to safeguard Ana, a mortal with Elder Talent.
Ana, an artist beset by haunting visions, falls for the perfect stranger while venturing home to mediate emergent family chaos.
Past-warlord and present commander Sasuke wields his telepathic might to outwit Council traitors in an effort to save the human realm and its Guardian from a new Dark War.
Criminal and light bender Lou, now sought by the Council to answer for his sins, seeks shelter with the Reverend—an Elder fit to bypass rules of magic meant to be unbreakable.
As time’s last grains of sand deplete, an ancient battle may renew, with pieces of the fractured realm imperiling man’s modern world. Though few on Earth are cognizant, dark days now lie ahead. . .
One fate, two paths, six singular perspectives, and plethoric danger.
Contemporary fantasy at its polychromic finest—pure delight.
Arrogant men stood different, carried themselves different, and smirked when they should smile. The redhead clearly enjoyed his own company and Ana dug people who loved themselves—narcissists. Her therapist would say that was a problem, but she wasn’t here, so who cared?
Tilting his head in a question and looking directly at her, the redhead arched an eyebrow; she’d been staring at him. A normal person would have smiled, maybe even waved, but Ana rolled her eyes and turned back to the bar. Because I have no game.
“Here, girl,” said the bartender, and her drink appeared. When Ana exchanged her card for the bourbon, he asked, “Open tab?”
“Nah, I’m about to be out of here.”
“Hey, how old is the kid over there? The redhead on the terrace, six o’clock,” asked Ana. She lived alone and had no dignity, so why not?
The bartender stared behind Ana, squinting. “I carded him already.” Yeah, because Ana looked like she was from the liquor license revoking… agency?
“I’ve seen him in here before. He’s all right,” said the bartender answering the question Ana hadn’t asked. “The blonde is hot, though,” he continued.
“Is he looking at me?” Ana asked.
“Nope, he’s looking at the blonde.” With that, he took her card and turned.
Ana threw a glance over her shoulder—carefully. He was talking to a blonde wearing an off-the-shoulder black dress. The woman’s face was turned away from Ana but the snooty attire said ‘not a college kid’. Perhaps he liked older women, which was good, because Ana wasn’t eighteen or nineteen… or however old he was. At twenty-seven, she was already trying to rob cradles—she would need more than one therapist soon.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Brien Feathers is a fantasy author living in the land of permanent frost, horses, and Mongols. She likes reading, writing (of course), riding (horses and husbands), drinking dark beer, and checking things off a to-do list.
Although she claims to love everyone equally, she really loves her youngest son the most. He has autism superpowers that allow him to speak all types of rare languages including drumbeats, elevator dings, and police sirens.
Miss Feathers loves grey days, orange cats, and all creatures human or otherwise. And she hopes you will love her world (fantasy) and people (characters) as well.
Can you tell us about the series as a whole?
Light of Adua is a dark fantasy series set in the modern world— most of the time. Traversing through multiple realms and history as well, the series has a lot of plot.
Called Elders in the book, vampires are souls escaped from a fallen realm, and they wield magic to protect the human world from their own kind. However, at the beginning of ‘Silver to the Heart’, Book 1, the darkness that had consumed their world has arrived on earth— and it marks the start of the dark war.
The presence of dark magic in the world compels the realm to appoint a guardian that would lead the Elders into the coming wars, and it’s Ana Deacon, a twenty-seven-year-old artist known as ‘starving’ living in New Orleans.
Ana goes to a bar one day, and meets Drake, a redhead she likes… but Drake is an Elder sent by the Council to protect Ana because someone has been killing psychic women, which Ana is. But instead of guarding Ana, Drake himself gets kidnapped and tortured— so begins ‘Silver to the Heart’, Book 1.
Before I go into ‘Prophecy for the Warlord’, Book 2, I have to mention that one of the main characters, commander of the Elder Council that keeps the realm safe, is Sasuke who’d been a warlord in feudal Japan in his human life. Drake, who’s not only the main character but the most powerful Elder to live, has a rather alarmingly dependent relationship with Sasuke and would do everything, including burning the realm to cinder to save him when a prophecy of doom comes for Sasuke: “Crescent moon crowns Fortress of the Sun. The son of darkness shall sacrifice Grace of Life. To forgo death, he shall bring darkness into this realm.”
In prophecies, because it’s a thing in the world of Adua, Sasuke whose warlord insignia has been such, is always symbolized by a crescent moon.
In Book 3, “Vanity of the Whisperer”, a villain who’d been dead in Book 1, resurrects. I can’t tell you more than that without spoiling it for those who haven’t read it yet.
Book 4, full-on war.
Book 5, I’m working on it as I answer this, but it may be already published by the time you read it. It’s the darkest of the series so far.
Because characters who are centuries old with magical abilities are at war with each other, the series has reader warnings for violence and language. Also, pain is a reoccurring theme, and the series is not meant for sensitive readers. However, if you’d like to give it a shot, ‘Silver to the Heart’, Book 1 is perma-free across all retailers. Although the characters are humorous (or at least I attempt to make them so) the series deals with mature subject matter, so reader warning is issued, take heed.
Thank you for having me here, and if you don’t mind the implied violence, please give the series a chance.
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