New release: Lethal Inheritance, YA/adult contemporary fantasy.
Kimberly here. As I did not have time this past week to write up this announcement, I would like to thank the author herself, Tahlia Newland, for providing the information below.
Synopsis – You can’t send police into a tunnel that doesn’t exist after a villain they can’t see, so when shadow demons kidnap her mother, Ariel has to mount the rescue mission herself. Hot on the trail, she enters a hidden layer of reality only to find that the demons are hunting her, and they feed on fear. Ariel must defeat them before they kill her and enslave her mother. But how do you kill terrifying demons when your fear makes them stronger?
A quirky old guide teaches her how to locate and unleash her inner power, and while battling hallucinogenic mist, treacherous terrain, murderous earth spirits and self-doubt, she falls in love with Nick, a Warrior whose power is more than either of them can handle.
Ariel’s journey challenges her perception, tests her awareness and takes her deep into her heart and mind to confront, and ultimately transcend, her fear and anger.
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING
‘In this exciting allegorical YA urban fantasy/magical realism novel, author Tahlia Newland weaves philosophical questions about perception, fear, compassion and love into a fast-paced fantasy adventure that is a highly entertaining and metaphysically fascinating tale for readers of all ages. Much as she did in You Can’t Shatter Me, her exceptional novella about bullying, author Newland exhibits great skill in allegorical storytelling, creating a seamless blend of the tale’s deeper philosophical considerations and the fantasy adventure and magical realism main story arc, so that the former never comes across as a message added to the story, but is simply an organic part of it. As such, it is, first and foremost, an enjoyable fantasy adventure quest, but one that also offers more for the reader interested in delving beneath the surface. For me, this made Lethal Inheritance an even more fascinating read because, while I enjoyed it for all the traditional reasons – strong writing, realistic character development, smooth plot pacing, creative world-building – as someone with a background in Catholic theology and some education in Comparative Religions, I also appreciated the subtle insight into Tibetan Buddhism as Ariel began her journey on the path to enlightenment in this first book of the Diamond Peak series.’ Krisi Keley, author.
‘Newland weaves another fantastic tale of supernatural amazement and peril. This story was filled with symbolism and allegory. Dealing with the very real problem of evil, this is no light-hearted, meaningless read . . . Lethal Inheritance was a fantastic and fun read with lots of action and truly spectacular imagery. The emotional lives of the main characters were honest and tumultuous, drawing the reader in.’ Kate Policani, author.
‘I have read a lot of fantasy and I consider this outstanding. It is so exciting and surprising that I didn’t want to put it down. I could never guess what would happen next. It’s a great adventure story bursting with wonder and magic and has an excellent ending.’ Geoffry Beatson, an avid reader of YA Fantasy.
Read a prequel short story and chapter one. Download links here.