Leslie Soule is the author of fantasy novels Fallenwood and The Devil's Bidding. She lives in Sacramento, California.
Ashley Kensington is a girl overwhelmed – 23 and in college, she works an unforgiving retail job, still grieves over the loss of her stepfather to circumstances beyond her control, and despairs over her mother’s heartlessness.
With self-doubt creeping in, and a sense that a bright future is beyond her reach, she runs away from it all and finds her way to a magical realm known as Fallenwood, a place that for all its charms, is no less plagued by problems of its own.
Nevertheless, she meets up with friends like the mysterious sorcerer Will Everett, the talking cat Greymalkin, and the court jester Terces Solario, who show her the way down a path that can only lead to trouble, but with the promise of a bright future lurking on the horizon.
Fear rose within him as the thought occurred to him that perhaps he had been wrong about there being no danger in what he had done. He had never been a very religious person before, and had only gone to church when he was little, when his parents had forced him to go. In his heart, he longed to understand religious devotion in some intimate way, to feel a divine glory surge through him and pull on the threads of his heart, but he had never been able to. He desperately wanted to believe in heaven and hell, and that maybe there’d be a possibility that he and Brenda could be reunited somehow, in the afterlife, if he completed enough penance in his lifetime to redeem them both.