Book Title: The Space Between: The Prophesy of Faeries by Susan Rooke
Category: Adult Fiction, 452 pages
Genre: Fantasy, Fairy Tale
Publisher: Holynok Press
Release date: September 12, 2017
Tour dates: Oct 23 to Nov 17, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 (For some graphic violence. There is no sex or bad language)
Mellis, a courageous and resourceful young woman, is kidnapped from the human world and taken to the Space Between by a tribe of faeries called the Penitents. Because of guilt over an ancient sin committed by their angel ancestors against the Maker, the Penitents have cursed themselves with grotesque physical disfigurements. Mellis can help them reunite with the Maker and find their way back to redemption, but she would need to give up the life she's always known to remain in the Space Between.
As she struggles with this heart-wrenching decision, one of the Penitents, bent on revenge, commits a gruesome attack against the tribe, and they learn he has taken Satan--the Maker's greatest enemy--as his ally. All in the Space Between are facing grave danger. Will a long-awaited act of vengeance save them?
Susan Rooke builds a rich and fantastical world of angels and demons, monsters, faeries and dragons. Abounding with spirituality and humanity, this faery tale for adults has a cast of vivid characters you won't soon forget.
GUEST POST- Owning it
Opinion polls show over half the people in Iceland either believe outright in faeries, or won’t deny they might exist. Then there are the people who would sooner disbelieve in Iceland than believe in faeries. I’m on Team Iceland.
What do we mean by “faeries,” anyway? Often we mean little winged creatures that became fashionable 150 years or more ago. It’s unclear how that image gained public favor (little Victorian girls?), but once it did, it spread. Disney and his friend Tinker Bell (borrowed from J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan) helped perpetuate the idea. The Cottingley faeries, photographed by two girls near the end of World War I, were a similar type. What a stir those five photos caused! Unfortunately, the Cottingley faeries turned out to be paper cutouts.
So, thanks to popular culture, faeries have acquired a twinky rep. I want to change that perception. But the first step is to own what I do.
I write books about faeries.
There. I’ve said it. You have no idea how long it’s taken me to get to this point. And though I believe in faeries, most people find the idea silly. When someone learns I’m a writer, they ask what I write about. And when I tell them, their facial expression changes from mild interest to utter condescension. They’re usually too polite to scoff, but the pitying scorn is in their eyes, and it always makes me cringe inside. Because I know what they’re thinking. They’re thinking Tinker Bell. We can’t help it. It’s our conditioning.
But forget Tinker Bell and your great-great-grandmother’s faeries flitting through the hollyhocks on gossamer wings. Faeries usually weren’t winged in folkloric tradition. That’s another innovation from Victorian times. The faeries I write about are vengeful, helpful, vain, humble, obstreperous, kind, or downright malevolent. Quite human, in fact. Some are small, but most aren’t.
As a character in The Space Between tells Mellis, “There are many different kinds of faeries, just as there were many kinds of angels. Some faeries are quite wicked, though none compare with the Evil Fallen. But many are not bad, and most are content with their lot. They have adjusted to their situation over time. It helps that they see themselves as vastly superior to the rest of the life forms on earth. By some measures they are.”
What makes me think I know these things? My characters have spoken to me in dreams; they’ve named themselves and revealed their secrets. Their stories are their own. Is it essential that writers of fantasy (or of any other sort of fiction) buy into the worlds they create? No, but I think it helps those worlds come alive for the reader. In my case, I didn’t have to make that leap of faith toward belief. I was already there.
I don’t make this stuff up. I just write what they tell me to.
Meet the Author:
Susan Rooke is a Pushcart-nominated poet and author of the forthcoming The Space Between Series. Her short stories and poems have appeared in publications such as The Christian Science Monitor and The Twilight Zone Magazine, among many others. She resides on a square of green, peaceful country not far from Austin, Texas, with her husband Glen, who runs a small cattle operation while Rooke writes fiction about angels and demons, monsters, faeries and dragons. Look for her fantasy novel, The Space Between: The Prophecy of Faeries on Amazon.
Connect with the Author: Website ~ Twitter ~ facebook
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