Hi Everyone, and welcome to a week of Grim Reaper awesomeness this Halloween on the blog. If you are not familiar with what I'm talking about, well, this week, myself and Pili from In Love with Handmade have teamed up and have been talking about one of our favourite UF series, Charley Davidson, by Darydna Jones, PI and Grim Reaper Extraordinaire. I have recently reviewed Second Grave on the Left and continuing to love them. Pili and I have a special week planned full of bookish tricks and treats. Also running for the week is a giveaway of her latest novel, Seventh Grave a No Body!
So kick it off, we have the legend that is the Grim Reaper and where it all started...which if you've read the book can really see the similarities but obviously Charley doesn't have a dark cloak or scythe. Hope you enjoy!
In the beginning, there was one universe which contained two dimensions; Hell, and Heaven. These existed long before time was even created; they were untouched and continue to be untouched by time itself.
In Hell, there was life; there were the lowly Demons and Specters, and the most evil being Lucifer. In Heaven, there existed the noble Angels and the Great Spirit.
Eventually when time was created, a new dimension was woven and was forced to abide by the laws of time; it was Ora. The first few millennia’s of Ora was full of emptiness, unlike the other two dimensions; this one had no life, until the life of man was created. When these beings where formed, one final dimension was created which was named Axiom. This dimension housed two guardians of time, the guardian of the beginning known as Life, and the guardian of the end known as Death.
As Life and Death watched time go its course, and collected lives as well as gave lives, a type of being arose in Axiom known as the blank reapers, they traveled to Ora through the Omphalos; this is place where each of the four dimension are connected, as well as the only place to travel to another one of the four dimensions, it was considered the center of the universe. However, it was restricted to Life, as well as Man when they are in their physical bodies. Since time does not flow in these dimensions, Life, a form of time could not travel through the Omphalos.
When the reaping blanks and Death traveled through the Omphalos, Life set up a trap and absorbed his brother, becoming a new being of Life and Death. The reaping blanks however would not follow Life’s orders of laws and keep death flowing in Ora. So he traveled through the Omphalos, and met a dying man named Azrael. When Life met him, he convinced Azrael to give up his mortal physical body to serve him and be free of death. But this came at a cost he would be force to carry out the duties of death and no longer live a pure life. Azrael took this chance to become immortal. He shook Life’s hand and in that moment, his skin melted, his muscle burned and fell to ash, his blood boiled and evaporated into the air, the organs inside of his body exploded with such power, that what was left of his body was whipped around and banged against the ground, the life was being pulled out of his body painfully, he screamed and cried wanting his life to end but it couldn’t, he died a thousand times and experienced the death that Death himself had to deal before being absorbed, then finally everything stopped. All that was left of his body was his decaying skeleton, anyone looking at this would have thought that this was the end for Azrael, however, Life bent over the remnants of a once honorable man and said “Awaken”, and Azrael rose.
To continue this legend... head over to the lovely Pili's blog, In Love with Handmade
As part of this special week, Darynda has very kindly allowed me to giveaway one copy of Seventh Grave and No Body, the latest in the series.
Terms and Conditions.
It is an INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY!
It will run for one week and will end midnight on Halloween.
Once it finishes I will select the winner and email you. Then I will pass your details directly to the publisher so you can receive this prize.