Hell is divided into seven regions. The first region is designated for the purest of souls, the seventh is for the evilest. There was once a king of Hell, but the steward family has ruled for centuries.
Nora, the stepdaughter of the steward is undone when her mother and step-father take away her beloved tutor, Peter. When Nora confronts the steward and her mother, the discussion is heated and ends with the steward in inexplicable pain.
Shortly after, Nora finds herself in the Starry Wood. Peter told her of the perils within the forest, and it’s not long before the inhabitants of the wood find her.
A giant hunter named Aegis comes to Nora’s aid. He is drawn to Nora, compelled to protect her from the steward’s assassins, the giants, and the evil souls who escape the seventh region.
Together, they travel the seven layers of Hell to discover why the steward is so threatened by a teenage girl.
I love the sound of this book but couldn’t fit a review in for the tour so instead, I asked Shayna which level of Hell she’d most like to live in…
“Hands down, I would want to live in the third region. It’s the region of farming, it’s the only place on Hell with dogs (yes, even in my version of the afterlife, all dogs go to heaven). It’s honesty and the love of plants and animals. When it comes to the regions of Hell, it’s not necessarily ranked from best to worst, they are specialized.
It would be a poker player’s worst nightmare to be stuck in the first region with monks, and the snobs of the fourth region wouldn’t dig in the cow manure of the third region. So placement is important. Seeing’s how I kill most plants and my pets all have issues, I couldn’t guarantee I would do well in the third region, but I’d try my best.“
Shayna Grissom was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She currently resides in Seattle with her husband, two children, and her beloved pets. Shayna draws inspiration for her writings from binge-watching too many shows with far too much wine. She is a lover of the macabre, the strange, natural sciences, and films that feature vivid colors and imagery. Her favorite film director is Guillermo Del Toro, and her favorite books growing up were Anne Rice novels.
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