Author: Sunniva Dee
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Publication Date: February 24, 2014
I traded my death for love. I wasn’t given a choice. His decision has caught up with us, so now I am a living, breathing catalyst to war between Heaven and Hell.
The violations he committed saved my life. Since the collision, he’s appeared everywhere. In my hospital room, my school, even my house. He shows up in my paintings, my drawings, in all of my art projects. I can’t stop thinking about him.
He says his name is Gabriel, and he doesn’t understand what’s happening to him. He doesn’t know how I can see him or why he wants me in ways that should be impossible for a Celestial.
My obsession grows. I need him to hold me, kiss me—give all of himself. For every day he protects me, the consequences loom darker and taller. Soon, they’ll crash down on us.
The war is about to begin.
Yes! The angels in Shattering Halos are typical to some extent, but in some ways they deviate from traditional angels. Let's start out with some main characteristics:
- Like traditional angels, the Shattering Halos Celestials are utterly flawless both on the outside and the inside.
- Carisma doesn't even begin to describe their effect on humans. Whoever sees them will never forget them again…. unless they are made to forget them.
- In general, Celestials are not visible to humans unless they show themselves. The exception is Gabriel, who sets off the main events in Shattering Halos by losing control over his visibility to Gaia.
- In addition to the characteristics they share between them, all Celestials in Shattering Halos have special areas of expertise. For instance, the Angel of Beauty, Yofiel: she's even more stunning than the rest of her brothers and sisters, but her main task is to oversee that whoever is under her influence sees the beauty in everything around them, be it something as simple as a spring blossom, or the smile from a passerby.
- Every human have a Celestial tied to them in the form of a guardian angel. This is what Gabriel has always been to Gaia.
- Not all Celestials remain Celestial. Cassiel, for instance, fell from the heavens two thousand years ago when the Celestial regime changed. Many plunged to the Netherworld, while others remained in the in-between world here on Earth, like Cassiel. This is where all the mischief begins, where Free Fallen angels like Cassiel can play with humans like they are chess pieces.
- Like in every world, Celestials have their leaders. In Shattering Halos, the main Celestial you meet is Michael. He doesn't appear much, but when he does—a lot of puzzle pieces will fall into place in the story. ;)
- Gabriel has the power to extend waves of serenity over the humans surrounding him. With Gaia being a bit high strung at times, he has no qualms using this power on her.
- Part of the reason why Celestials are to remain invisible to humans is their unforgettable appearance and the way a single apparition can change a person's life. Most angels cannot undo such an unprecedented apparition, while some… and I won't name names… can.
- Celestials love in a non-carnal way. Love is all they are—a divine, all-encompassing sort of love. With one exception: never has an angel loved in the human way Gabriel does. What triggers it will be revealed to you before the end of the novel. :)
I moved from Norway to the United States in 2001, and the first awesome five years I spent in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles. Then I read “The Book,” aka Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which spurred my husband and me to move cross country to beautiful Savannah, Georgia.
I’m currently on my seventh year in the Deep South, where I enjoy the heat and the humidity. Besides writing, I spend my time with our “petting zoo” as in an opinionated parrot, a herd of cats that are experts on keyboard shortcuts, and puppies that…uh, bark.
I hold a Master’s degree in languages, with concentrations within literature and linguistics. I taught at college level for a decade before settling in as a graduate adviser at the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Writing is my passion, my joy, and my addiction. When I’m not writing, I read.
Shattering Halos is my debut novel, and its standalone sequel, Stargazer, is due out later this year.