THE LAST ARCHANGEL: BOOK ONE
It is the year 9 BC, and the Roman Empire is the greatest power on Earth.
But this is not Earth.
This is the afterlife.
For nearly twenty years, since the closing of the portals through which the souls of the dead enter the afterlife, a bitter war has raged between two hosts of angels – the Faithful and the Fallen.
At stake is nothing less than who will wield The Powers of Creation, for it is prophesised that whomever unifies The Powers will have unchallenged supremacy over all life and death.
The Archangel Lucifer, leader of the Fallen, has defeated and imprisoned the four Archangels of the Faithful but is thwarted in his ultimate ambition, for the individual Powers possessed by each Archangel cannot be taken by force; they must be gifted.
Aurelia is the young Roman priestess prophesised to inherit The Powers and bring peace to the afterlife. She is the key; and Lucifer will stop at nothing to find her.
And so Aurelia must escape war-torn Elysium and journey into the shadow realm of Hades, there to find the imprisoned Archangels of the Faithful. Her guide and guardian on this perilous quest is the warrior angel Azdiel, a traitor to the Faithful and an exile from the Fallen, an angel whose fractured loyalties and shadowed intentions are anything but predictable. And Aurelia soon comes to realise that amidst all the dangers and horrors of Hades, perhaps that which is to be feared most is the angel by her side…
* * *
Journey into the mysterious and violent afterlife of the ancient world, a dangerous realm of angels, sinners, and shades. Will the dawn come, or will darkness continue to spread and the afterlife forever be under the sway of the Archangel Lucifer and the Fallen?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Elliott Cross was born in England in 1983 and moved to Canada in 1999. He has a Bachelor of Arts in History and a rather dubious qualification in Digital Filmmaking. He currently lives in Salmon Arm, British Columbia. In 2011, his first novel, Faithful Amidst The Fallen, was released. This was followed in 2013 by A Unity of Chaos. He is currently working on the final two books in the series. Elliott is always happy to hear from his readers, so drop him a line anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.