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Darker Things

Age 13

400 pages

Format:
138 x 220 mm

published:
13.03.2020

  • Young Adult Novel

Katja Ammon

Darker Things

A Love between Worlds

In nutshell:
17-year-old Lejla thinks at first that she is going mad when she finds out that there is a parallel world. By mistake, she creates a crack between our world and the world of darkness that appears to be derelict, evil and soulless. Lejla tries desperately to find out who – or what – she is. When the gruff and mysterious Dorian comes into her life, a dangerous game of hide and seek begins. To uncover the truth and to restore the balance between the worlds, she needs the help of Dorian. As the story develops, they are both increasingly attracted to each other…

Synopsis:
Have you also already wondered whether our world is the only one that exists? Or whether there is also another one alongside ours? A parallel world perhaps?  
Yes, it exists. And it is not as far away as one might think…  
17-year-old Lejla thinks at first that she is going mad when she finds out precisely that. By mistake, she creates a crack between our world and the world of darkness, a parallel world that appears to be derelict, evil and soulless. Strange things keep happening around her and the boundaries between the worlds appear to be constantly weakening, so that darkness spills into our reality. Lejla desperately tries to find out who or what she is and soon it becomes clear: Lejla is no normal teenager but a shapeshifter – a being from an old legend of whom it is written in the Mendra that she will destroy both worlds. According to this ancient chronicle of the worlds, only she alone has the capability to erae the boundaries between the two worlds. The reason for this can be found in Lejla’s past, because both worlds exist within her. Her father, a Darkona, comes from the world of darkness, while Lejla’s mother comes from the real world – Lejla never got to know either of them, as she is growing up with her grandfather. Lejla set out in search of answers which she hopes to find in the world of darkness.  
With the awakening of her capabilities, a boy also makes an appearance in Lejla’s life. Dorian, a guardian, one of the many who are supposed to ensure that the two worlds do not mix and who is meant to kill Lejla.  
When Dorian starts to question his master and to distrust him, he follows Lejla into the world of darkness. While the two of them slowly and reluctantly get it together to find out the truth behind the machinations of the master and the mysterious decline of the world of darkness, they feel increasingly attracted to each other.  
A dangerous game of hide and seek begins, as they are not safe in either world – pursued by the guardians who regard Dorian as a defector and still want to eliminate Lejla. In the end, it emerges that the master of the guardians of the world of darkness has made it into what it is – namely by depleting all its magic and using it for himself to gain more and more power. But this is not the only incredible discovery that Lejla and Dorian make – the leader of the Darkonas, Validin, is also Lejla’s father believed to be dead! In a gripping showdown, Lejla succeeds with the help of Dorian and the Darkonas to vanquish the master, return its magic to the world of darkness and thereby to restore the balance between the two worlds.

     

  • A love story between worlds
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  • Gripping story and cool setting: a shady parallel universe
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  • A new talented romantasy voice
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