A stunning and magical debut novel!
Length: 561 pages Publishing: 31 January 2016
Dana’s best friend Kitty has died in a car accident, and the only ray of light in the misery is when her grandmother appears in her spiffy red sports car to cheer her up. At the same time a nightmarish shadow appears to hunt Dana and she has to flee from her ordinary life with grandma, who turns out to be something quite different than what Dana had thought – a Huntress of Shadows.
The truth about her ancestry is not an easy thing for Dana to accept – she was deliberately created to perform a task, to find something that should stay hidden, or it might threaten the world of humans as Dana knows it. Her existence is tied to the myth of the Nephilim, the descendants of angels, and her creator was someone who commands the forces of chaos and darkness, the source of all horror myths of humankind. Dana learns there is a world of shadows, the afterlife, dreams and time travel, surrounding the physical world, hidden behind a thin veil – and that there are ways to enter it from the physical world.
Dana has no option – she is being hunted by creatures of darkness, and the hunt can only end in either Dana and everyone she loves being captured and turned into creatures of darkness – or Dana finding what she was created to find.
Her hunters have skills no ordinary human can escape – but Dana is not an ordinary human. Nor is Daniel, the leader of a hidden Center fighting the darkness. Together with a chosen team they could travel the Unseen Worlds that surround the physical world, into the past, following a clue written down in ancient Egypt, and then walk the Trail of Angels, and find the hidden mystery before the dark creatures do.
Dana must prepare for a long search in another time and place, knowing that both she and Daniel are wanted and hunted by the darkness. At stake is her love, and the safety of the human kind.
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If you love adventure then you will love this book!
At first there is a lot of information to take in and at times I found myself slightly confused. Then all of a sudden something just clicked and understanding flooded in opening up this fantastic new world!
The story is completely original, I have never read anything like it. Not only is it a fantastic story, it is also brilliantly educational. A lot of history, specifically Egyptian (which I found fascinating) is to be found. It is clear that a lot of research, time and effort has been put into this fabulous read!
The story has a few different narratives that kept me guessing as to the connection to each other, and offers many twists and turns that I just didn’t see coming. So many layers have been placed in this book and every moment spent unraveling them has been an absolute pleasure.
Leena has created some fantastic characters and really made me connect with them in ways that many accomplished authors have failed to do.
Nephilim Quest is the debut novel by Leena Maria and it is one you don’t want to miss!
About the Author
Leena Maria writes novels that have one thing in common: ancient Egypt. She holds the Diploma in Egyptology from the University of Manchester. Though her studies have been academic, her books celebrate the power of imagination. History is definitely not dry in Leena’s novels!
Leena divides her time between researching ancient Egypt, writing novels and painting.
In addition to history, she has always been interested in human mythology, which weaves into her stories.