In his pursuit of the occult, the Third Reich opened the Gate to a realm of magic and brought the world to ruin. The Gate was eventually closed, but They were already in our world and They were hungry.'
-The Lost History, Library of Avergard
Azure ‘Azzy’ Brimvine lives in a world decimated by magic, where humans have retreated underground from the overwhelming dangers of the surface. But Below is no safer than Above.
Magic borne plagues continue to eat away at the remaining human cities, a sickness that doesn’t merely kill, but creates aberrations from the stricken: people twisted by magic into something dark, dangerous, and powerful. It is an existence of fear and constant dread. When Azzy’s brother, Armin, is infected and cast out into the Above, she sets out after him, determined to be there for him no matter what he becomes.
The world Above is full of monsters, both wild and cunning, some more human than Azzy was led to believe. Armin is captured and bound for the Auction block of Avergard, a ruthless city of inhuman lords and twisted creatures. To reach him, Azzy must brave the perils of the Above and the chaotic life forms created by the Gate. To reach him, she must find allies and forge new bonds in this broken world.
And Azzy must reach him, before Armin’s new power is used to open the Gate once more.
BIOGRAPHY Kristin Jacques is science fiction, horror, and fantasy author based out of New England. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Wells College and has been published in numerous anthologies including Outliers of Speculative Fiction, 13: Night Terrors, Vices & Virtues, and the Witching Hour:Urban Legends anthology.
In 2016, she published Zombies vs Aliens, a humorous science fiction horror romp, which was picked up by Chapters Interactive Stories in 2018 to be released as an Interactive Story Game.
Her contemporary fantasy Ragnarök Unwound will be published with Sky Forest Press in January of 2019. Her award-winning dark fantasy Marrow Charm was picked up for publication by Parliament House Press for Fall 2019.
When not writing, she is juggling two rambunctious boys, spoiling her cats, and catching up on a massive TBR pile. She is currently working on projects full of magic, mystery, and delight.
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