Author: Asa Tait
Narrator: Christopher Harbour
Length: 7 hours and 49 minutes
Publisher: The Parliament House
Released: Jul. 13, 2020
Genre: Science Fiction
“In his pursuit of the occult, the Third Reich opened the Gate to a realm of magic and brought the world to ruin. The Gate was eventually closed, but they were already in our world, and they were hungry.” (The Lost History, Library of Avergard)
Azure “Azzy” Brimvine lives in a world decimated by magic, where humans have retreated underground from the overwhelming dangers of the surface. But Below is no safer than Above. Magic-borne plagues continue to eat away at the remaining human cities – a sickness that doesn’t merely kill, but creates aberrations from the stricken. People twisted by magic into something dark, dangerous, and powerful. It is an existence of fear and constant dread.
When Azzy’s brother Armin is infected and cast out into the Above, she sets out after him, determined to be there for him, no matter what he becomes. The world Above is full of monsters, both wild and cunning, some more human than Azzy was led to believe.
Armin is captured and bound for the auction block of Avergard – a ruthless city of inhuman lords and twisted creatures. To reach him, Azzy must brave the perils of the Above and the chaotic life forms created by the Gate. To reach him, she must find allies and forge new bonds in this broken world. And Azzy must reach him, before Armin’s new power is used to open the Gate once more.
Asa is a writer, visual storyteller, and Head of Production at LEGO Entertainment. He grew up on a raspberry farm in central Pennsylvania, and went on to write comic books, direct for television, and work in interactive and narrative with the USC WorldBuilding Lab and the Institute for Creative Technology. Asa lives in Hollywood with his wife and daughter.
Chris Harbour has been an avid reader his entire life, so it was natural to enter into the world of audiobooks. While in the military Chris would travel to visit his wife and family in his free time and listen to audiobooks on the long drives home. It wasn’t until Chris was in his final year of obtaining his Bachelors of Science in Psychology, in 2017, that his wife suggested that he take a chance and start narrating audiobooks. Chris loves that his work can bring books to life and bring them to a new platform for others to enjoy. In Chris’s spare time he enjoys scuba diving, home improvement and spending time with his beautiful wife.
An Interview with Dale Ceyed
Q: Tell me about yourself.
A: I live with my Gram on the outer spin of Niklas, where there’s a lot less motion. I think I prefer that, a little quieter there. I’ve worked in central processing in the Machine for almost 10 years. My Dad worked there too, before the big collapse.
Q: I’m sorry, we lots a lot of good people here, too.
Q: And do you like your position?
A: I can’t say that I do. It’s better than a lot of things, but it isn’t helping anyone.
Q: You mean your specific role isn’t crucial?
A: That’s not what I- Well, it’s true they cut my hours way back. It isn’t enough for me and Gram anymore.
Q: And that’s why you’re applying for this position?
Q: And what appeals to you about this job?
A: It will pay money. I could do it quite well.
Q: But why will you like it? Or what do you like about over overall ethos here?
A: The money. You are offering money, right?
Q: Yes, well, we do a lot of good in the world as well, we like to think of ourselves as a real family here.
A: Tell me about the good you do.
A: Tell me what you do that improves this world quite so much. Who are you feeding? Who are you housing? Will you pay for Gram’s cancer treatment if I get the job here?
Q: I’ll be honest, I don’t think you’re a fit.
A: I really can do the work. Better than most anyone. But if the main qualification is a willingness to pretend that this is more than a way to get hold of food and medicine, I guess I don’t qualify.
Q: I really like it here.
A: I’ll bet.
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