Called by Darkness by Ashton Abbott is out today!
The Morrigan has fallen.
Badb, goddess of war and death, has been captured.
Her sisters have been taken, and there is nothing she can do to seek revenge.
The order that has imprisoned them claims to protect the balance of the human world, yet they have made it their mission to dismantle all who maintain that stability through dark means.
All through her torture Badb has held on to her sanity, knowing that one day her captors will be on the receiving end of the horror that has become her existence.
But first, she must bide her time and build her strength, for escaping the clutches of the Raedan Order is no easy feat. But once she does… there will be no mercy.
Until then, she is trapped in the flesh-eating waters of the River of Lost Souls, forced to travel through her memories and relive the path that led her to this ruin.
Will the torturous waters break her? Or will they be the key to her freedom?
I have to say bravo to author Ashton Abbott. It is not easy to write the backstory of a villain AND make the reader feel for them. But I definitely did for Badb, Goddess of War at times. The way Abbott conveyed the character throughout this novel was excellent. I also enjoyed the darkness and twists. They were captivating until the very end! I recommend picking up this novel. I was so glad I got the chance to read it and LOVED the matching accessories!
Author Ashton Abbot lives in the Midwest with her two small children and an amazing husband. For quite a few years, Ashton had this idea for a story but couldn’t entirely build up the confidence to write it. However, she knew she could. Ashton kept wanting to, but something about the idea of making herself so vulnerable to the world set her anxiety to maximum levels. So, Ashton shelved the idea and continued with her life.
But the creative side of her wouldn’t let the story be forgotten. She started reading other authors’ interviews on advice for those just starting out, and one in particular resonated with her soul. Author Kresley Cole said, “If you’re set on publishing, then don’t dabble. Decide if you’re in or you’re out. Then do whatever it takes to achieve your goals.”
After that, Ashton decided she was in. She adapted the mindset that she was an author and went with it, no more questioning. Within a few months, Ashton’s book was done, and she is already working on a second. Ashton is proud to say that she conquered her anxiety over writing and put forth something she loves and hopes you love it as well.
Note: The author sent me a copy of this novel for review.