Release Date: August 20, 2013
Summary from Goodreads: One halo brought sight to Brielle. Another offers sweet relief from what she sees. Brielle can’t help but see the Celestial realm. Even without the halo, it’s everywhere she looks. And with the heavens above Stratus ravaged by war, Brielle wishes for another gift, any gift. Because Jake is gone. The only boy she’s ever loved has been taken by the demon, Damien— and she knows if she ever wants to see him again, she must fight. But fighting is so hard when everything you see makes you afraid.
When she receives instructions from the Throne Room leading her to Jake, she unknowingly walks into a diabolical and heartbreaking trap. Then the Prince of Darkness himself offers Brielle a halo of his own making. With the dark halo, she won’t have to see the fear and brokenness that surround her. She’ll be free of that unbearable burden. And it comes with a promise: the guarantee of a life with Jake.
When confusing details about Jake’s past emerge, and the battle above reaches a fever pitch, Brielle is forced to make a choice. Will she choose the dark halo and the ignorance that comes with it, or will she choose to live with her eyes wide open and trust the Creator’s design—even if it means a future without Jake? (goodreads)
DARK HALO DELETED SCENE
Jake’s gone deathly still next to me. I move closer. I want to know what someone without my gift makes of the sight before us.
“What do you see?” I ask.
He take two steps forward, his hand outstretched like some bizarre version of Sleeping Beauty heading for the spindle.
“I see the impossible. A light in the darkness. Rays of gold against the night sky, that’s what I see.”
A Sabre stands beyond the veil. Just one. His mouth is open, a song growing in curling vines of cherry-red from his lips, but the words are peculiar, unclear. Gaelic sounding. The massive blades that make up his wings move softly, sending quiet vibrations across the sky. As I watch, a sheer thread snaps free—the veil that much thinner.
“Do you see the Sabre?”
Jake leans forward, squints. “I see a silver shape, a dim light that doesn’t quite match the gold, but that’s all.”
I slide my hand into his. “Can you hear him?”
We step forward. Three, four, five steps. The closer we get, the easier it is to see through the veil. “I can see his outline now, see his wings. But I can’t hear… wait… maybe. Yes. I hear his song.” Jake’s face lights up. “It’s soft. Foreign.”
I squeeze his hand. He’s hearing what I’m hearing. Maybe not as loud, maybe not as clear, but I’m sure we’re hearing the same song.
A gust of wind smacks me from behind. Hot, celestial wind. I turn to see Virtue in all his silver glory. Around us the night sky turns orange. My piecemeal celestial vision trades up, giving me the whole picture.
Jake whips around. “He’s here?”
“Yeah.” I tip my face up. “And I think he’s grown.”
Virtue smiles and inclines his head. “Jake, Brielle.”
His voice is loud in my mind. In Jake’s too, it seems. He lurches back like he’s been punched, and then he laughs at himself. It’s been a while since I’ve heard him really laugh. I didn’t realize how much I missed it.
“I’d show myself to you, Child of God,” Virtue says, “but the skies are not safe just now.”
“That’s okay,” Jake says, “I understand.”
His eyes move right and left, trying to find the invisible. It’s got to be weird talking to something you can’t see. But then, I guess Jake’s had more practice than most. After a moment he blinks and his eyes still.
“You took my mom,” I say. My words are out of place, but I don’t know when I’ll get another chance to talk to Virtue, and I need to know.
“Is that important?”
Everything’s tight now: my throat, my chest, my gut.
“Yes.” Jake answers, squeezing my hand. “It’s important.”
“Then I will show you,” Virtue says. “Not now, but soon. Our work is nearly done here.”
I have questions to ask, so many, but I’m still reeling from the very blunt, very final revelation of moments ago. Mom’s gone and I have only my nightmares and the smell of worship to remember her by.
“You’re almost through the veil,” Jake says. “What will you do after that?”
“What we always do,” Virtue’s voice is firm, matter-of-fact. “We’ll continue to worship.”
His answer forces the questions from my lame tongue. “Will the veil remain torn? What will that do to Stratus?”
“The fallout is not mine to consider. I was created to worship, so I do that. Wherever I go, whatever I do. The consequences of obedience are out of my hands.”
“But the Celestial light…”
“Is the glory of God.”
“Yes, but without the veil what will happen to the people of Stratus? Will they… burn?”
“Do you fear the unbridled glory of the Creator?”
It’s a minute before I respond and not because I don’t know my answer. It’s just that I can’t help feeling it’s the wrong answer.
“Yes. I think I do.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Shannon Dittemore is the author of the Angel Eyes Trilogy. She has an overactive imagination and a passion for truth. Her lifelong journey to combine the two is responsible for a stint at Portland Bible College, performances with local theater companies, and a focus on youth and young adult ministry. When she isn’t writing, she spends her days with her husband, Matt, imagining things unseen and chasing their two children around their home in Northern California. ANGEL EYES was Shannon’s debut novel and the launch of a young adult supernatural trilogy. It was published in the summer of 2012 by Thomas Nelson. The sequel BROKEN WINGS hit shelves in February, 2013 and the final novel in the trilogy, DARK HALO, will be available August 20, 2013. Shannon Dittemore is having a Live Twitter Chat August 27th at 6pm (Pacific) where she will be giving away a Kindle Fire HD and other prizes! Enter here: http://shannondittemore.com/win-a-kindle-fire/
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