Title: The Darkness of Light
Author: Tammy Farrell
Series: The Dia Chronicles
Genre: NA Fantasy
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: Jan 28 2014
Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Paperback\
The world has long forgotten them, but their descendants live on, not wholly mortal or god, but something in between…
At the dawn of the sixth century, in the aftermath of her mother’s brutal execution, Mara Black is forced to flee the only life she has ever known.
Mara can tell she’s different, but isn't sure why. After she encounters two mysterious strangers, she discovers her secret is but a drop in an ocean of many. She is a Dia, a descendant of ancient gods, and her mother sacrificed herself to protect Mara from their past.
Summoned by an uncle she didn't know existed, Mara thinks she’s found the family she’s always wanted, and Corbin, a love she never thought possible. But not everything is as it seems. Her uncle has other motives for protecting her, and her mentor, Malcolm, becomes so jealous, he’ll do anything to get what he wants.
When tragedy strikes, and the true darkness among them comes to light, Mara discovers that sometimes love can give you everything, and obsession can take it all away. With her powers gone, and destiny calling, she has to look deep within to find the courage to save herself. Mara, along with Corbin and her newfound family, must fight to get back what was taken, or die trying.
Tammy Farrell grew up in Orangeville, Ontario Canada where she discovered her love of writing, and all things related to Edgar Allan Poe. She now lives with her husband and four fur babies in Greenville, South Carolina, where she teaches pre-GED English and attempts to learn French when she isn’t busy writing.
Corbin held up his hands as if he was approaching an injured animal. “Mara,” he said gently, hoping to snap her out of the ferocious trance.
She didn’t respond. She didn’t even flinch.
“Mara,” he tried again.
Her chest heaved with tumultuous breaths; her eyes locked on her prey. Corbin knew she wanted revenge, but this savage creature was not Mara. Her Light had taken a dark turn. This was no simple act of revenge. She was driven by her power and some animalistic instinct.
Isa sobbed a few steps back. “What’s wrong with Mara?” she asked.
Corbin tried to give her a reassuring look. “She will be fine, Isa. But stay back.”
Mara hovered over the sheriff, and as the seconds passed, Corbin felt the presence of the other Dia move closer. They had to get out of the forest. “Kill him, Mara, and be done with it!” Corbin urged, readying his sword.
“Step back!” she growled, pushing the dagger into the man’s flesh so that a thin stream of blood began to trickle down his throat. She seemed to snarl at him. “You killed my mother!”
Praise for The Darkness of Light
“Ms. Farrell's voice is a bit 'gritty,' which makes the more tried-and-true fantasy elements feel new. I highly recommend this book for anyone liking mystical fantasies, high, quest-type fantasies, and fictional historical settings that feel right.” - Ciar Cullen, author of Lillian Holmes and the Leaping Man
“The Darkness of Light is beautifully written and I was pulled right into the world Farrell creates. Reminiscent of Robin Hood mixed with the magic of Merlin, I devoured the story! Farrell weaves smart storylines with vivid imagery in a tale of revenge and romance.” – Summer Wier, Canada
“I found Tammy Farrell's The Darkness of Light to incorporate aspects of fantasy which I most enjoy. A sense of realism was maintained throughout the story by the rich development of its complex and multifarious characters rather than and unlike the all too common modern day fantasy epics which rely on the overindulgent and excessive use of magic. The balanced narrative approach used easily permits the reader's immersion into the reality that is Brittania. With great anticipation I look forward to the continuation of the series and once more delving into the fascinating, ever-growing world and opulent cast of characters which Mrs. Farrell has created. Highly recommended!” – Jesse Thompson, Toronto ON
“Author Tammy Farrell shows off her writing talent in her debut novel,
"The Darkness of Light". The genre, development of characters and plot were amazing and left me wanting more. Her ability to incorporate mysticism, magic, history, romance, mystery, humor, and compassion into a compelling story is remarkable.” – Marie Smith, Greenville SC