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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Guest Pamela Turner tells about her new book, Death Sword

Today, I'm excited to welcome Pamela Turner as my guest, talking about the fascinating topic of dark angels and their role in her wonderful new book, Death Sword.

Lucifer Rising
(Reexamining Samael’s Role)
by Pamela Turner

When I wrote Death Sword for National Novel Writing Month in 2008, my knowledge of angels was rudimentary at best and flawed at worst. But any preconceived notions I had about angels flew out the proverbial window. Often depicted as merely messengers and/or guardians, I realized their true powers were often diminished. When I decided to revise Death Sword, I wanted to change that.
One such character is Gabriel. While he’s often depicted as an androgynous figure, this is  misleading since he wields a huge and deadly scythe. He’s also noted for being one of the angels of destruction sent to annihilate Sodom and Gomorrah. Yes, that Gabriel, who is not only an angel of the Annunciation but also of death and vengeance. Along with Samael, Gabriel oversees angels of death under the supervision of Metatron.
Of all the angels I researched for Death Sword, Samael has become a key figure throughout the pending series. (Death Sword is the first book in a planned four-book series, The Angels of Death). Chief of satans, Samael is considered both holy and fallen, according to A Dictionary of Angels (Gustav Davidson). Perhaps even more interesting is the entry posted in The Encyclopedia of Angels (Rosemary Ellen Guiley): “Prior to the Fall, Samael is higher than the mighty Seraphim. He has 12 wings.”
If that description brings to mind the name “Lucifer,” you’re right. But there’s more to the Devil than we realize. In their volume, The Book of Angels, (Ruth Thompson, L.A Williams, and Renae Taylor), author Todd Jordan writes, “However, the revered St. Jerome contends that Samael, as Lucifer, may be playing a role for God...Jerome posited that becoming the being known as Lucifer was a monumental task that God assigned to Samael, as he was the only Archangel strong enough to survive the ravages of a Hellish station.”
Whether you agree or not, it’s an interesting concept. And it ties in with the following pitch for the series: “What if the Seraphim, the highest ranking archangels, viewing love as the ultimate weakness, decide they are superior to God and create a world of intolerance and fear?”            
The battle between the angels of death and Samael against the Seraphim has begun.
Pamela Turner claims to be an atheist but she’s probably more of a Humanist. A former magazine freelance writer, she returned to writing fiction in 2003. Death Sword is her first published book.

Death Sword Blurb

The only thing more dangerous than an angel of death is one obsessed with vengeance.

Karla Black has always known she’s different from other people. She learns just how different after she's fatally stabbed and brought back to life as a half-human angel of death.

With newfound power comes a newfound boss.

Samael despises her. He considers Karla impure and resents her relationship with her partner Xariel…who also happens to be Samael's ex-lover. When he takes that hatred to a higher level, Karla vows vengeance - a task easier said than done.

With the loss of their angelic powers, Karla and Xariel face a dilemma – how will they defeat an unstoppable Samael, whose poisoned rapier can kill human and angel alike?

If Karla doesn’t awaken to her true identity, both heaven and earth are in danger of annihilation.

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Death Sword Excerpt

Karla lay on the sofa, her heart racing, driven by adrenaline-induced fear. Another scare and
she’d go into cardiac arrest.

Samael loomed over her, hands on either side of her head. “Human filth,” he whispered, “the
sooner I’m rid of you, the better.” A dagger appeared in his hand. The intricate markings differed
from the ones on Xariel’s knife. She’d no doubt Samael meant to kill her. Too bad she hadn’t told Xariel she loved him.

He pushed the tip against her throat. “Should I kill you now?” The chief of satans smiled at
her, a cruel grin which didn’t reach his eyes. “I’d love to, but I want Xariel to watch.” He cocked a brow at her distressed expression. “Oh? Didn’t I tell you? He saw his darling Delilah die. I’m sure he’d be very disappointed if he couldn’t see your final moments.”

Karla swallowed. “What now?” She prayed for a swift death. Samael pressed down on the
dagger. The tip sliced through skin, piercing her windpipe, the sharp pain excruciating. A strangled gasp burbled in her throat. Shock laid a merciful hand on her head. She closed her eyes, letting darkness wash over her.

A heavy weight pressed down on her body. Lungs burning, she struggled for air. Minutes
passed. Nothing happened. No tunnel, no white light. Curious, Karla opened her eyes, tried to sit up.

She couldn’t move.

Panic gnawed at frayed nerves. Samael hadn’t killed her. He’d done far worse. Paralyzed,
she couldn’t defend herself or escape.

“They’ll be back soon,” Samael said. “I’ve kept them busy, but no doubt they’ve finished.
We should go.”

Karla tried to speak. Invisible threads stitched her mouth closed. She rolled her eyes, the
only part able to move, and stared at him. “Why?

Samael noticed. “Frustrating, isn’t it? Don’t worry, it’ll be over soon.”

His fingers closed her eyelids, despite her conscious will to keep them open.

Game over.


PamelaTurner said...

Hi Marsha! Thanks for letting me play in your sand box. :-)

Marsha A. Moore said...

Love to have my friends over to play. Delighted you're here!

Sondrae Bennett said...

Very thought provoking post! I'm very much looking forward to reading Death Sword

PamelaTurner said...

Thanks, Sondrae. :-) And congratulations on your upcoming release Arctic Winds. Love the cover!

Nerine Dorman said...

What makes Samael a strong antagonist in my mind is the fact that he has enough motivation to do what he does. There's a reason for his behaviour. Too many times I see antagonists who don't have enough motivations. They're just bad. It's not enough, I need to know WHY are they doing this or thinking that way.

PamelaTurner said...

Thanks, Nerine. :-) One way I've found to make the antagonist more 3-dimensional is to give him or her a GMC (goal, motivation, and conflict). The more I work on the series, the more insights I get into Samael's character, attitudes, and motives.

fantasy lover said...

Hi, I'm writing here because I don't know how to contact you (tried on fb but don't know how).
I've a blog about angels illustration, maybe it can be usefull to you as inspiration :) I really like some images you've posted.

My blogs:

Angels ->

Fantasy art ->

PamelaTurner said...

Hi fantasy lover! Sorry I'm a bit late in replying but I like your artwork. Very nice. :-) I also like your unique take on the angels and demons.