In the Lucen city dwell the descendants of Righteous and Fallen angels. Kept hidden from the rest of Earth and governed directly by Heaven, each descendant is given a chance to prove themself loyal to Heaven, and obtain salvation. For most, the task is encouraging and fair, but for David, it’s devastating.
David Ghent has waited twenty-one years to fulfill a prophecy foretelling the destruction of Lucifer’s power on Earth and Heaven, saving himself and the entire world from Hell’s power.
His training is complete, the city prepared.
As the battle commences, the city’s most beloved daughter, Layla, suddenly appears at the Hellgate. David is then faced with an impossible choice: fulfill the prophecy, or save her life.
The consequences David faces after choosing Layla force him to question his entire life, and his loyalty to Heaven. As the aftermath of failure unfolds, David discovers that the real battle against Lucifer has just begun.
I'm pretty excited to have Maren Dille as a guest at Realms of an Open Mind today, as she gives us a little insight into the world of David Ghent. I asked her what kind of research she found she had to do when writing this story, curious about how it shaped her story. Here's what she had to say...
The Setting of The Faith and Fate of David Ghent
I’m asked frequently what type of research I had to do for this novel. My answer surprises people when I tell them that in fact, I did very little. When I first started writing The Faith and Fate of David Ghent, I wasn’t sure what the time period was, or even the setting. I was so focused on David as my character, that those components weren’t given much thought.
I wrestled with the idea of making it modern, since that type of literature is very popular right now. My original beginning followed a warring David, walking through the halls of a deserted school, lockers flung open, papers littering the ground, while the alarms screeched in his ears. I made it through two pages of that before deciding I didn’t like it—that it didn’t fit my David. After all, it wasn’t just any monster David was preparing to fight, it was the Devil himself. Somehow, I couldn’t picture this epic battle taking place with someone of such great consequence in a high school, with the fire alarm ringing.
Instead of changing the time period, I simply made it irrelevant. Most readers will have the impression of Greek/Roman times, based on David’s lifestyle. In my mind, that’s the most accurate, though I’m not sure there is a time period that really fits. David’s world is unlike any I’ve known. That’s one of the things I liked about it: how it didn’t belong anywhere, and so it belonged solely to me.
In essence, the time period is what you want it to be. Present day, five hundred years ago, whatever empire you picture . . . how do you imagine the end of the world?
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I really like the idea of setting the book in a timeless period. It could be centuries in the past or the future ~ it's up to you to decide. I love that Maren is uber focused on David. When an author loves their character and gets lost in his story, you can feel it as you read and get sucked right in, too.
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