Breena Taljain’s idyllic days in Araboth came to a skidding halt when circumstances forced her into the dangerous hinterlands. The dire sacrifice she made to protect her comrades tainted her heart with hatred and despair. To cleanse herself she must outrun Death’s relentless pursuit and venture into the bleak unknown. With the odds stacked against her, stumbling into love when she least expects it may very well be her saving grace.
Meanwhile, succumbing to the Patriarch’s devious traps has Galbrecht Atalir questioning his motives. The folly of his recklessness has left him physical scarred and mentally traumatized. Now he must overcome more adversity as the wrath of the Sin Ministry bears down upon him. He will need more than wits and quick fists to find the truth he has sought for seven years.
Alas, every second Breena is apart from Galbrecht draws her further into strife. With her world rapidly crumbling inwards, she puts everything on the line for a last stand against the ruthless force that threatens to destroy all she holds dear….
Jake Bonsignore is the author of Descendant of Strife, Empyreal Illusions, and Awakening the Fire. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida with magna cum laude honors. Outside of his literary pursuits, he enjoys playing sports and is a fitness enthusiast. He is currently working on his next novel, The Lioness.
Interview . . .
What inspired you to write Inferno Unleashed series?
What inspired me to write the Inferno Unleashed series is a song called "Firewalk" by Beseech. I was sitting in my University library 'studying' for an upcoming management final when the song came on by chance on my iPod. The way the strong, male voice (who I later imagined as Seledor) mixed with the fragile but determined female voice (who I later determined as Breena) gave me the faint sparking of the novel. A few thoughts, a little bit of fantasy, and the two book series that is Empryeal Illusions and Awakening the Fire came to be!
What is your favorite part of writing?
My favorite part of writing is not so much creating new scenes, but packing each character / detail with some form of symbolism and each scene with thought-provoking ideology. I like to write novels that flow very well and appear very straight forward, even though there is more gray when it comes to stereotypes and pre-dispositions than black and white. Also, there is nothing more that I love than crafting a new world and having readers not only thoroughly enjoy it, but envision it in the detailed way I do.
If you had to be a character in your own books, which character would you be?
If I had to be a character in one of my novels I would definitely pick Ophion. he is only in Awakening the Fire, but I modeled his character and personality very similar to my own. Of course, being able to do hydromancy - water magic - and overcome prior regrets is always a great plus!
If you had to give "Awakening the fire" a theme song, what would the song be?
Giving Awakening the Fire an overall theme song is very difficult in many ways because certain songs are super fitting for different scenes / chapter only. The one that fits the novel as a whole the most closely is "The Enigma of Life" by Sirenia. It's definitely not the most cheerful song, but then again, Awakening the Fire is a more serious tale than Empyreal Illusions.