Guest Post: Setting The Stage For When Copper Suns Fall By KaSonndra Leigh
Today I get to take readers on a tour of the world in When Copper Suns Fall. I chose the two states of North Carolina and Virginia because: a) I live in N.C. and b) it was the perfect blend of metropolitan and dark history I needed to breathe life into the dystopian fantasy element.
The book: When Copper Suns Fall.
The genre: A Dark Urban Fantasy (minus the vampires) and with a Dystopian twist.
The setting: Castle Hayne, Hill Borough #1-the greatest and largest of all eight Hill Boroughs in the Nation of Corunum. It’s a walled-in city beside the ocean and is located in a newly rebuilt region that was once called the southeast. Break it down even more? The states formerly known as Virginia and North Carolina have been merged into one after the Tidal Years destroyed and reformed the earth 55 years ago. Glowing clouds line the sky at night. Residents of Castle Hayne call them the Falling Lights.
The premise: Angels in a dystopian society.
55 years into the future . . . the year is 2067. Certain groups in the society have genes enhanced by radiation, creating gifts. Young kids like Chela Prizeon are grouped into one of the five classes of gifted citizens. Supernatural practices such as alchemy have been outlawed by the government. Magical creatures have either been exiled or exterminated.
Eight great cities still stand in a world destroyed by a magical war.
Chela and her sick brother belong to one of the exiled groups.
And they will be exterminated if anyone finds out.
The ancient ones who hold the Memories call to Chela in her dreams. A gloomy past compels her to experience their heartache all over again.
Their world calls to Chela. The way inside is behind the locked gates leading to the old cemetery behind her house.
The only way Chela can save her brother, is to face dark fears about her family and herself. Even with the help of the mysterious boy assigned known as the protector, Chela fears what she knows she will have to do.
The world of When Copper Suns Fall is an intriguing blend of gothic imagery associated with a dystopian world. I hope you all will take a moment to sample part of it on my website at www.kasonndraleigh.com.
Synopsis: In fifteen-year-old Chela Prizeon’s city, alchemy is forbidden, and angels hide among the mortal. With a deadly virus ravaging the globe, Chela’s nightmarish memories compels her to experience a past riddled with gloom, and now her brother is infected.
Chela’s only hope is the Caduceans, slayers sworn to protect the last seven Light Keepers and the ancient memories they share. A group led by the sometimes elusive, sometimes infuriating boy who intrigues Chela. But can she trust this boy with the mysterious past, someone who can influence her memories?
With the Caduceans aid, Chela races to defeat her rivals, to unearth dark family secrets, desperate to find a cure…only to discover the glutovirus is far more than a simple disease.
In this haunting debut, KaSonndra Leigh offers an escape into a world as intriguing as The Mortal Instruments and a story as chilling as Enclave. Full of celestial creatures, fascinating villainy, high-stake choices, and a secret romance, When Copper Suns Fall, is a fresh and original urban fantasy—with a dystopian twist—that will take readers on an unforgettable adventure.
About The Author:
KaSonndra Leigh lives in the City of Alchemy and Medicine, North Carolina. She likes to write about teens doing fantastical things in magical worlds. Her two sons have made her promise to write a boy book next.
She holds the MFA in creative writing, and loves to play CLUE, Monopoly (the Indiana Jones version), and Pandora’s Box (good writer’s block therapy). She lives in an L-shaped house with a garden dedicated to her grandmother. It has a secret library complete with fairies, Venetian plastered walls, and a desk made out of clear blue glass.
When Copper Suns Fall is her debut novel.
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