The Light After the Orange
EVEN IN A DYING WORLD, IS SURVIVAL ENOUGH?
After the Orange and the catastrophic devastation of Earth, magic began to seep in—but will it help Alex Chegasa survive?
Hidden and protected by magic, she grew up embracing her gifts. After witnessing the only people she can call family being murdered, eighteen-year-old Alex must choose between her head and her heart in her search for a place to belong. But, her hunt for a home means having to hide her magic.
All the while, in the shadows, eight-hundred-year-old Fae Billey NicNevin, suffering from amnesia, is rediscovering her magic.
Are their fates intertwined?
What if the fantastical stories Alex’s mother told her as a child were true?
ALL MYTHS ARE BASED ON TRUTH
Hall's Tundra Stone series blends near-future dystopia, elements of magic, and alternate worlds for a story that fully merges science fiction with fantasy... fans seeking a fresh interpretation of a dystopian future, with a touch of magic and a sense of the power of nature, this story hits the spot. (Booklife)
Alex and Billey's chapters alternate with first-person perspectives, keeping events intimate and on parallel tracks. Many genre tropes entwine, including apocalyptic survivors developing powers and a scandal happening in the fae courts... A deep exploration of character emotions ensures careful pacing (Kirkus Review)
Friendship, danger, deception, and the power of communing with nature power the narrative... Hall strikes a believable, chillingly familiar chord with the Orange event that poisons the land, kills many people, and forces those who survive to fight for dwindling resources. (Booklife)
Beverley J. Hall was born in Kent, England, although her family returned to Scotland before her second birthday, which explains her accent. She grew up in North Lanarkshire, surrounded by rolling Scottish hills, with her nose in a book.
She returned to southeast England to study Art and Design at both Winchester School of Art and Central St Martins, in London. It was here she discovered her love of storytelling, as she realized that, no matter the medium, it was something her ADHD brain could thrive in.
After teaching for many years, she was diagnosed with a chronic illness and found her voice. She finally took the massive leap and returned to study an MA in Creative Writing to develop her skill. There she embraced her love of books, both reading and writing them.
She now lives and writes at the seaside with her son, her granddaughter, and her lazy cat, Bertie.
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