The extraordinary events of Cydonia: Rise of the Fallen begin on the sweeping, windswept site of Stonehenge. The perfect starting point for a story steeped in history, legend and religion, Salisbury Plain is where we are first introduced to Kate and Aaron, whose plight against the forces of evil forms the central focus point of Cydonia. From this first encounter in the southern English countryside, the reader is propelled through the action-packed story, following Aaron and a host of other characters as they embark on a mission to protect the world.
Combining traditional tales of the Ark, supernatural creatures of darkness and otherworldly forces for good with the contemporary world of Aaron and Kate, David manages to create a world in which extraordinary events of fantasy seem grounded in the familiar, everyday surroundings we as readers recognise. This coupled with the characters David creates makes for a tale it is hard not to feel a connection with – the threat posed by the rivals of Aaron and his comrades begins to feel real and the sense of urgency in overcoming it is palpable.
Set in various countries across the globe and told through the experiences of a wide cast of characters, Cydonia does not focus solely on the imminent threat, but rather branches out to embrace a wide range of other themes. Amongst the highly dramatic moments of action and peril are intimate stories of friendship and romance, adding another dimension and more depth to both the plot and the characters. David combines a large cast of diverse characters with a range of different perspectives and approaches to the story which, rather than feeling overwhelming or confused, allows the plot to remain fresh and to develop in a number of directions.
Never a dull paragraph or wasted sentence, Cydonia crams an amazing amount of action into its pages, offering the reader an exhilarating journey into the world of the supernatural.
Readers can pre-order copies of Cydonia: Rise of the fallen Now.
Written by Chloe Pilsbury.