Are you a Philippa Ballantine fan? I am. And I some how missed this coming yesterday. She has edited a podcasted story she did years ago and it will be coming to us in print. This book has a bit of a history as to why it's not been published before now. Pip shares that on her blog along with the amazing team Alex White of the Gearheart has helping him create this stunning cover.
Ready for a new book? Here it is...
The Awakened: Book One
By: Philippa Ballantine
Due Out: March 1, 2014
Never alone. Never apart.
They are the Awakened, a unique breed of people in a remote corner of the world. Faith is one of these gifted carriers of the Seraphim; and in return of her unconditional love, her Seraphim grants her powers of incredible potential.
But not all carriers embrace their blessing.
Jack loathes being an Awakened. He never asked for it, his Seraphim keeping him alive even in spite of his desire to die. Not even a great war could rid him of this curse.
Now a magician of incredible ability and a walking dead man must find a way to work together to save the Seraphim. Someone covets the power of the Awakened, and will not stop until that power belongs to him.
The thing that catches my attention, is this book is set in New Zealand. Yes. New Zealand. I'm curious to read this book. And the premises sounds new and exciting. I'm curious about the Seraphim and magics along with meeting these characters. I'm looking forward to reading this one.
If you visited Pip's blog you know that is the reason it wasn't picked up by publishing companies in the US. That American readers would not be interested in this setting.
Huh. Glad to know that the US Publishing houses know what I want to read so well. Sorry, I've had a little troubles with that in the last few years. (I'm tired of the same old same old books coming out from them.) I like different reads, different settings, but that is a whole discussion for another time. This cover is hot topic today and one that sounds to have everything I want to read by reading the description.