The Shape of Stars Unknown (The Aldarfall Saga, #1) by Sybil Le Pyrmont
Publication date: October 15th 2020
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
World domination is the least of their problems.
A STRANDED DEMIGOD. Lau of the House of Feofar, troubled and headstrong, screwed up. Royally. Now he lives out his days in exile on Earth – the very planet he once tried to exterminate.
A RUDDERLESS MORTAL WOMAN. Silver Laing leads the ordinary life of a white-collar worker. Lonely and desperately in search of purpose and new horizons, she gets more than she bargained for when she is offered a mysterious job.
A CATACLYSMIC PLAN BILLIONS OF YEARS IN THE MAKING. When a deadly visitor from Lau’s shrouded past threatens to lay the world in ashes, Silver and Lau must form an unlikely alliance against ancient and far superior forces.
An alliance with the potential to shake the very foundation of the Universe.
Shimmering new worlds?
Secrets as old as time?
Splashes of humour?
If your answer to all of the above is ‘Hell, yeah!’ then The Shape of Stars Unknown is your guy. This first book in Sybil Le Pyrmont’s new urban fantasy adventure series, The Aldarfall Saga, will take you from Germany to Tibet, from Japan to Iceland and all the way to the other end of the Universe.
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10 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT THE SHAPE OF STARS UNKNOWN
1) ONE BIG BOOK: The entire Aldarfall Saga was originally one (way-too-long) book of about 1,300 pages. After the first revision, I decided to break it into a trilogy, of which The Shape of Stars Unknown is the first installment. Therefore, both sequels to TSOSU are already written ... well, technically, that is. Due to the revisions and edits I made to the first book over the past years, books II and III require massive rewrites (also known as writer purgatory).
2) DELETED SCENES: You have probably heard of the literary adage “Kill your darlings”. Overall, I cut some nine or ten scenes and several full chapters during revision; some turned out to be little more than self-indulgent exposition, others no longer worked in the context of the story-line. For sure, TSOSU has emerged the better for the killing spree, but I never anticipated just how painful editing can be.
3) LAU, THE ANTI-HERO: TSOSU’s male protagonist was the only clear vision I had of the book before I sat down to write it: My initial idea was of a dark, wicked character; I imagined some sort of crossbreed of Hannibal Lecter and Loki, a man beyond redemption who terrorizes Earth out of sheer boredom. As soon as I started writing, however, Lau developed in a different direction. He is still light years away from being a paragon of goody-goody goodness, but what he does, he does for a reason. Which brings us to ...
4) FLAWED CHARACTERS: Every character in TSOSU, and the Aldarfall Saga as a whole, has his/her share of flaws. Not even as a child have I cared for nice-guy or good-girl characters, and I do it even less today. Silver, my female protagonist, suffers from anxiety attacks and has some questionable habits. As mentioned, Lau is a bit of an arrogant sod with a violent streak and more issues than Sherlock. Not everyone in this book is an a-hole, of course not – but you won’t find a pure-hearted hero either.
5) ENEMIES TO LOVERS: Silver and Lau find themselves in opposing camps when they meet, and they remain that way for quite a while. Their romance may be a slow burn ... but burn it does.
6) MAGIC: The magic system in TSOSU is called “theurgy”. Not magic in a witchy sense, it is based on the manipulation of particles, something an Auctor – the alien race that built the Universe, comparable to gods and demigods – is born with but has to hone and train throughout his life. The Auctors consider it both art and science.
7) LOCATIONS: Most of the Earthly settings in TSOSU exist in real life: the bar and restaurant at the hotel Frankfurter Hof, the St. Regis in Lhasa, the Palace Hotel in Tokyo, the Imogen restaurant in Kawagoe, the “Mushroom Tower” (Lau’s Tokyo residence), Kupup and the Elephant Lake in India ... I love novels set in a variety of (preferably exotic) locations, and TSOSU does a lot of traveling indeed!
8) GENRE MIX: TSOSU combines several genres, most of which fall into the speculative fiction category. It is an urban fantasy sprinkled with elements of magical realism, mythology, alternate history, paranormal romance and very light sci-fi overtones. I have always been fascinated by stories that start off in our day-to-day life and slowly creak open the gates to a fantastical world hidden from everyone but a select few. I hope I did this concept justice in TSOSU.
9) DREAM CAST: I have the full movie cast of TSOSU mapped out. A bit premature, you say? Yeah, maybe so, but it is the best form of procrastination. At which I am an expert, by the way. Some of the actors are already dead, some are way too old for their roles, but boy, would I love to see that movie! Just to drop a few names: Paul Bettany, Margot Robbie or Blake Lively – still up for debate – Tom Hiddleston, Stephen Campbell Moore, Ken Watanabe, Christopher Walken, Sebastian Roché, Sean Bean, Christopher Plummer, Glenn Close, Charles Dance, Tilda Swinton, Michael Lonsdale, Carole Bouquet ...
10) ADULT CHARACTERS: Don’t get me wrong – I love a good YA/NA tale as much as the next reader, I honestly do. But apart from not being their target audience, I wanted to pen a story with older protagonists (almost everyone in TSOSU is over 30), not to mention that my school years are too far behind me to do an academy setting justice. I wanted a superior being that actually is superior and has seen more than we can ever imagine. And I wanted to pair this guy with a woman who has the maturity and life experience to be a match for him, instead of a virginal adolescent who has yet to discover who she is. So many brilliant authors out there do a fantastic job bringing these premises to life, and I wanted to venture down a different path. Thank you so much for taking the time to (virtually) meet me and The Shape of Stars Unknown. We all have many worries right now – health, family, friends, jobs – which makes me all the more grateful for your time! I’d love to hear from you!
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Sybil Le Pyrmont was born in Germany and was raised on the Canary Islands (that Gallic name is a pseudonym – her actual name has as much flair as a tax return). Although she now resides in Frankfurt, Germany, her heart has been beating for Tokyo ever since she spent a year in that city and discovered her epic love for all things Japan. That includes, to her acute embarrassment, the Shinagawa train station jingle she has installed as her ringtone. When Sybil isn’t writing, or dreaming of the anonymous donor who will some day gift her a house in Japan, she splits her time between her airline day job and long rants about the sunshine and the always-too-hot weather.
Sybil writes urban fantasy adventure to whisk her readers away to realms of imagination that have a distinct possibility of existing somewhere in the depths of the Universe.
Visit spyrmont.com for more on Sybil and her writing.
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