Sixteen-year-old Jack Ironwood knew exactly what he wanted. Until he got it. Jack was content to stay unnoticed by pretty and popular track star, Natalie Segetich, until her best friend Emma disappears. Natalie swears something took Emma, and though most people write Natalie off as traumatized and confused, Jack is a soulshifter and he knows the human-stealing Enuuki—hell's messengers—are real. As a soulshifter, Jack can cross into the underworld so he sees Emma's rescue as an opportunity to prove himself a valuable member of his transcendental sect—and a way to secure a future otherwise out of his reach. Although he needs Natalie's help to prepare for the mission, Jack intends to go to the underworld alone. But as a viable plan takes shape, it's clear the best chance of success means Natalie must accompany him. On the eve of the quest, when Jack is promised the hand of a respected elder's daughter—a dream come true—he realizes he's no longer sure what he wants. But it's too late to back out, not with the sect and Natalie counting on him. Pursued by the dark lord's henchmen and ghastly mutant creatures, Jack and Natalie struggle to come out ahead in a battle and barter for souls. In the end, Jack will have to decide his own fate, because nothing short of a deal with the devil will get all three of them out of hell alive.
Scribe Publishing Company, 9780991602124, 296pp.
Publication Date: November 24, 2015
About the Author
After years in the corporate world, Barbara Pietron found herself with a second chance to decide what she wanted to be when she grew up. Her lifetime love of books and the written word returned one answer: writer.
Pietron’s Book One of the Legacy in Legend series, Thunderstone (Scribe Publishing Company, 2013), was a finalist for Indiefab’s 2013 Young Adult Book of the Year by Foreword Reviews, and in 2012 Thunderstone was a quarter-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. As such, Barbara won a full manuscript review from Publishers Weekly, which called Thunderstone “…well-written and entertaining,” adding that “… Jeni makes for a likeable protagonist that readers will identify with.”
Pietron also wrote a stand-alone novel, Soulshifter (Scribe Publishing Company, 2015), and a prequel to the Legacy in Legend series, Heart of Ice (e-book only, Scribe Publishing Company, 2014). She has been a contributing writer for AAA Living and Family Fun.