SOME PEOPLE AREN'T DESTINED TO BE ORDINARY. With a special gift held close to her heart, it was always going to be hard for Sophia Woodville to live an ordinary life. As a 20 year old nursing grad, she thought she had her future all sorted. However, destiny was about to intervene. Her secret was not so secret. The gift she possessed was just a hint of something far beyond her wildest imagination. Sophia will be pulled, kicking and screaming, into an unseen, ancient world that challenges all that she thought to be true of herself, her family and the origins of humanity. Original sin, forbidden love and her life in constant danger. Will Sophia survive this dark twist of fate? Will the devil be her saviour? Will an Angel be her downfall?
I lay there for a while longer, allowing the ball of fire that was building in my gut to grow. Where sadness had enveloped me, a new strength began to rise. I calmed my breathing to a slow and deep rhythm, letting this feeling unfurl its tendrils and spread. I rose onto my hands and knees, barely aware of someone calling my name. With my head bowed to the floor and eyes shut, I ceased to resist. I no longer bit back against the turmoil. I relaxed with a deep, calming breath. Deep breath in, deep breath out, repeat. “Don’t be scared my sweet girl, I’m here, you are safe,” I could feel Enl’iel’s presence, her soothing energy, yet my body screamed from within. “I -, help -, please -,” I couldn’t catch a breath as Enl’iel called out. “Kea, call for Koi, we will need him as soon as he can get here.” I thought I heard Ben call my name. Enl’iel reminded me with that she was right by my side, but Brennan’s alarming comment was the clearest in my mind. “She’s Quickening—give her some space. It’s okay, Soph, let it happen. Let go. You’ll be okay, I promise. ” His voice seemed distant, yet comforting. I drew my breath in again, impossibly deep. I opened my eyes wide and without warning let out a primal scream. Light seemed to pour out of my mouth, illuminating the room. The force thrust me back on my heels, my arms flung wide. My scream seemed to go on forever. I felt a connection to something in the air surrounding me, like plugging myself into a socket. Something crackled across my skin. A million energies passed through me. Countless ghostly faces came in flashes. They were strangers, and yet they were also somehow familiar. And then I saw Him. His eyes were a swirling galaxy of every colour, and they looked deep into mine. An indescribable beauty, yet not of flesh, but of love. I knew Him, and He knew me. I tried to call out His name, to beg for help but I was mute, and He was gone. The pain took over. I screamed like a trapped animal as my entire body lit up seemingly from within. Acid poured through every artery and vein. My spine cracked and crunched as it changed and contorted into a new design. My will to resist this change was long since dead, my understanding of normality no longer in my repertoire. My chest heaved forward as an immense thrust of energy burst from within. It was like electrocution in reverse. I was sending out the impulses. Each beat of my heart thundered in my head. Heat poured from my spine as a bright light enveloped me, forcing me to fall forward to the floor again—spent. The thud of my weight on the boards seemed to echo. I looked down at my arms; the bloody scratches flickered on my skin. I forced myself to sit back up and watch my hands so I could see the miracle. I gazed at them, looking for answers. Pulsing veins glowed and dulled rapidly across my palms in tune with my heartbeat. Each thrum lit up the vessels so that they shone through my skin, like rivers of white light. My limbs were heavy. These strange hands shimmered in and out of focus as I noticed the drying blood that crusted in the grooves was glowing iridescently. Specks of light swirled within the crimson detritus. I bent my head to the side, squinting, trying to make sense of what I was seeing. Broken fingernails nails and torn skin healed before my eyes. The pain was slowly dissipating, being replaced by something else. The skin on my back now tingled in a more pleasant way, like having a warm blanket thrown across cool skin. My body started to feel light and weightless. My head was no longer aching, and the sting seemed gone from my eyes. A new sensation dawned upon me, and it felt like I now had an extra set of arms. I could feel myself waving these things, but they weren’t exactly arms. I wanted to move them, but they felt stiff, as though they’d not been used for a long time. I waved them about. My entire body shifted along the floor. Surprised, I moved them harder. I travelled further along the floor. I had no idea what I was doing or why, but I knew in my bones that I needed to do this. I put as much effort into the movement as I could muster. Suddenly, I noticed that my legs were no longer dragging along the ground. I looked down at my feet as I felt myself rise up into the air. I was hovering above the floor. I could feel the light pulsing behind me in tune with my heartbeat, keeping me steady and aloft. My new arms were wings of light that I seemed to have control of. I could make them move back and forth at will. I realised in that moment that I felt right, and that before this, I had actually never been normal, in a very surreal sense of the definition. All the pain was replaced by warmth and strength. My body was telling me who and what I was. On that day I was reborn.
Powerfully enchanting! I was completely blown away by this enthralling book! From the very first page, I was completely captivated until the very end and found it extremely hard to put down. The writing was just superbly excellent with intricate attention to details. The characters were well thought out with palpable emotions that made me actually feel in touch with them. With a completely unique storyline, Awaken brings an all new take on the classic Angels vs Demons theme. This book has a little bit of everything mixed in. Angels, Demons, magic, sci-fi, a splash of romance and even a few zombies! With tons of intrigue and plenty of plot twists that stunned me, there's not a single dull moment in this book, I was gripping my tablet with sweaty hands- eagerly devouring the pages to find out what would happen next! The attention to details and the complex world-building and thought that the author put into this book was just amazing! There is quite a cliffhanger at the end that both had me clawing up the wall in anticipation and then clapping for joy that there will be a sequel to this amazing book! This is a seriously really amazingly good book that will soon be a chart-topper!
Growing up in the burbs of Melbourne, Australia, in the 1970's, I had little in the way of technology to entertain me. I loved horses and books. When not riding my pinto pony I devoured fantasy books. I loved Enid Blyton with all the fairies and make believe. Over time, those fairies became darker as I delved into richer, more adult and scary fantasy and paranormal literature. These books mirrored a vivid dreamscape that comes almost nightly to me. Stories swirl about whilst I sleep, both delighting and frightening me. After a wonderful career as an I.C.U nurse and having an amazing family, I finally put pen to paper and began pulling out some of these stories. History and fantasy are what I love to read now, and especially when intertwined together. Anything that takes my mind away from the daily grind is fair game. I am a great fan of diverse and immensely talented authors, some of these being, Ken Follett, Phillipa Gregory, Tolkien, Julie Kagawa, Cassandra Clare, Amy Plum, Rochelle Maya Callen and the very talented Aussie author Matthew Riley. The list could really just go on forever.
Awaken is my debut novel, the first in a three book series. Follow me on Instagram at grthomas2014 for regular updates on my current writing.