The Demon Bells
... is the first part of my unpublished speculative fiction trilogy for young adults. The manuscript (68,000 words) was shortlisted for the 2017 Ampersand Prize and has won several Awards. Judges' comments include:
In a nutshell: Everyone fears possession by a super-fast fire demon or super-strong ice demon. Music seems to attract demons, so the ruling Faith forbids it. Teen lovers Anna and Will find themselves on opposite sides in a guerrilla war between the ruthless Faith and the rising resistance. Their story combines action and romance, science and supernature, music and martial arts, ice in the desert and burning bridges (literal and figurative). You can think of it as Footloose meets Ladyhawke and X-Men. I have planned two sequels: The Time Octaves and The Harp Trees.
If you're an agent or publisher who'd like to read The Demon Bells, please get in touch.
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