The Pearl in the Darkness
Light of Mine Series Book 1
by Santana Saunders
Genre: Apocalyptic Fantasy
YOURSELF IN THE POWERFUL 2020 DEBUT NOVEL FROM SANTANA SAUNDERS
“We went too far. Father is mad. No one make a sound…”
Filled with the suspense and lyrical writing that draws readers to The Stand by Stephen King, a witty humor in the tradition of Andy Weir, The Martian, and a fierce female lead for fans of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
In a not-so-distant future, recurring acts of terrorism lead to the abolishment of all religion. Believers taking a stand against the ruling are placed in institutions. All existing Bibles, Quranands and Vedas are destroyed—or so they thought.
Leora Smith, a witty, thirty-year-old medical transcriptionist, lives a quiet life due to a debilitating disorder and unwavering faith that must be kept hidden. Her world is turned upside down when a celestial being informs her of the forthcoming apocalypse and assigns her to recruit experts imperative to the subsistence of the society that will remain when the dust settles.
Each recruit has a story that can only be seen behind closed doors. Leora’s childhood friend and numerous enlightened allies band together in an effort to persuade the best and brightest.
As nature bends in accordance to the plan, Leora's preconceived notions of everything good and evil are about to be tested.
FOR THE PEARL IN THE DARKNESS ★
"Let me just say it kept me up at night thinking about it for days afterwards…I can’t wait for the second book in the series!” @what_banana_read
“The settings were vivid, I felt like I was in the middle of this crazy ride.”@annewithapen
“…it was so addictive to read— I wanted more! If you’re looking for a unique dystopian fantasy this one is for you!” @desireesbookcorner
“…that ending really shook me. It was very unexpected and now I’m stalking Santana’s Instagram for hints on the sequel.”@bookish.and.blue
“Clever, fun, unexpected…If you like fantasy with unexpected twists you’ll enjoy this.”@coffee_then_words
Saunders grew up along the Missouri River in rural North Dakota,
where the sandbars were far-off lands and the canoes were pirate
Santana went on to pursue a career in marketing, and creative writing went on the back-burner. In 2019, she and her family found themselves relocating to Florida. Sandbars and canoes quickly became beaches and ocean. This change of scenery inspired her to return to writing.
Today, she is a Florida-based author of fantasy and thriller novels. When she isn't reading or writing stories she is playing at the beach with her husband and three daughters or attempting a DIY home project that will surely take weeks longer than anticipated to accomplish.