Copper Descent by Angela Hartley is a New Adult Horror released about a month ago. Currently available on ebook and soon to be available in paperback, Copper Descent is a glimpse into Satan’s modern attempts to rule on Earth as he has ruled in Hell.
Nina Douglass cannot understand the cryptic reasons why her mother does not seem to love her, but that question goes unanswered after her parents are both killed in a car crash and Nina flees with her aunt to California. Three years later, she returns to the scene of her parents’ death and also the place of her first love only to have everything she escaped rekindled. Lucifer finds her there, a powerful and seductive being who always gets what he wants–and he wants the copper child.
Struggling with her self-worth, her feelings of guilt over her parents deaths, and the persistent and genuine attentions of her first love Nate, Nina also has to puzzle through the destiny surrounding her very existence or she may end up in Lucifer’s power forever.
My favorite part: I love the way Hartley describes Eden and the mythology behind Lucifer’s attempts to reascend. This is an urban version of Paradise Lost, with the heavenly beings recreated as very dynamic and interesting characters.
“Her back beaded with sweat as she stared at the barren wasteland in every direction. The caves weren’t fr beneath the earth like she had originally estimated. She looked up at the faint sun near to the end of its life, hanging heavily in the sky and very close to the world’s surface, and realized she wasn’t on Earth at all.
The illumination from the sun was an eerie red glow barely bright enough to be considered light, like a smoke-enveloped valley during a forest fire. no air was stirring. It was as if the planet had taken its final breath and not yet realized that death was imminent. She heard no whisper of sound or tremble of movement. Searching for life, Nina scanned the horizon where only black rocks jutted up through the sand, resembling teeth in a red dragon’s mouth.”
Recommendation: I think that in the end this is more of a paranormal romance than a horror story. It is New Adult, but mature young adults, especially girls, would LOVE this story. I am particularly enamored with the mythology associated with Paradise Lost and plan to read the rest of the series as it continues.
Angela Hartley spent much of her childhood being shuffled from house to house with only a book for companionship. The magic she found in the written word saved her in many ways, transporting her into worlds far more enjoyable than the one she resided in. Literature became a passion and the idea of writing carried her through years of uncertainty.
After high school, she met and married her own Prince Charming. They rode off into the sunset in his blue Toyota and a whole new world full of hope and happiness opened up. He claimed they could move mountains together, and they did.
While facing the painful realization that sometimes there are no tomorrows following her father’s tragic death in 2005, she decided it was time to follow her dreams. With the love and support of her family, she dove into another world, full of procreating angels and demon rock stars.
Angela currently resides in Midway, Utah with her three children and husband.