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Today’s Deadly Destination stop probably doesn’t enjoy thriving tourist business…it can get a bit hot in Hell after all, I mean just look at our tour guide: Lisa Desrochers’ Luc Cain. That’s right, we’re getting our very own personal demon to show us around The Pit which you’ll also get to visit on July 5th in ORIGINAL SIN. Thanks to the always awesome Tor Books, five of you who comment on this post will win a copy of the book! See details below
Luc Cain’s Guide to Hell
Hello, my name is Luc Cain, and I’ll be your tour guide this evening. It’s been a while since I was asked to do tours, but we’re a little short-handed in Acquisitions at the moment, so please bear with me.
First, before you step through the Gates, be sure to read the back of your tour ticket carefully. The disclaimer is self-explanatory, but just so there are no misunderstandings, I’ll spell it out: You’re all here of your own volition. There are no guarantees as to your safety, well-being or whether you’ll even be allowed to leave. And under no circumstances will there be any refunds—of your money or your soul, should we decide to cash in while you’re here. You understand that it saves us significant amounts of time and resources to just take you while you’re already here versus having to track you down later.
You’re all still here? Daring souls. I like that.
So, the first thing you’ll notice are the high stone walls, which are really intended to keep the condemned in, because, other than the occasional interloper, keeping people out of Hell isn’t generally an issue. And, really, what could be more fun than an interloper?
As we approach the iron Gates of Hell you’ll notice the sign. Having been Dante’s muse, I’m particularly proud of it. Though, on occasion, Minos, the Gatekeeper, gets it in his head to change things up a little, so at times it will read “Have a nice day!” or something equally droll. But it’s tour day, so he’s left the traditional “Abandon hope all ye who enter here.”
As we step through the gates, please notice the pungent smell of seared flesh mingled with decay, earth, and brimstone. Also notice the big demon with the ranseur. Minos at the Gates is just for show. Rhenorian is the real head of security. This is a guided tour and you are expected to remain with your group and your guide, yours truly, throughout. Rhen takes his job very seriously, and stragglers will be…penalized.
Just inside the Gates, we have the Inferno. Hear the shrieks of agony and pleas for mercy issue from barely discernable shapes writhing within the eternal flames. Those, my friends, are the souls of the damned.
Looks like fun, don’t you think?
As we continue south, skirting the Fiery Pit, the screeches echoing from these high walls are of a different sort altogether. Demons who have stepped out of line or come up short in the eyes of management scream from their depths. This, on the other hand, doesn’t sound like so much fun.
If you look to the right as we pass the Pit, we have the Lake of Fire, the orange and red roiling molten lake swirling around the large crags of brimstone, pointing like accusing fingers at Heaven. Its accompanying light show—flickering scarlet and indigo with blue and white flame eruptions, is like Hell’s fireworks. In the middle of the Lake is the glossy black mass of Pandemonium, perched on Flame Island. Its high castle walls and jagged spires tower over all of Hell, and from them, King Lucifer rules over his legions.
As we move past Pandemonium, along the cragged banks of the southern edge of the Lake of Fire, we reach my sanctuary: The southernmost tip of the Abyss, where the Lake meets the Walls of Hell, and the river Styx flows in from the south.
And, here ends our tour. If you can find your way back to the Gates, and get past Rhenorian, you might be allowed to leave.
Best of luck.
About Lisa Desrochers
Lisa Desrochers lives in central California with her husband and two very busy daughters. It was her oldest daughter’s love of books that first inspired her to write for young adults. There is never a time that she can be found without a book in her hand, and she adores stories that take her to new places, and then take her by surprise. Growing up all over the country has inspired wanderlust and she loves travel, which works out well because she lectures internationally on a variety of health care topics. She has a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and maintains a full-time practice in California.
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Giveaway provided by Tor Books
Five copies of ORIGINAL SIN by Lisa Desrochers
Available on July 5, 2011 from Tor Books
Luc Cain was born and raised in Hell, but he isn’t feeling as demonic as usual lately—thanks to Frannie Cavanaugh and the unique power she never realized she had. But you can’t desert Hell without consequences, and suddenly Frannie and Luc find themselves targeted by the same demons who used to be Luc’s allies.
Left with few options, Frannie and Luc accept the protection of Heaven and one of its most powerful angels, Gabe. Unfortunately, Luc isn’t the only one affected by Frannie, and it isn’t long before Gabe realizes that being around her is too…tempting. Rather than risk losing his wings, he leaves Frannie and Luc under the protection of her recently-acquired guardian angel.
Which would be fine, but Gabe is barely out the door before an assortment of demons appears—and they’re not leaving without dragging Luc back to Hell with them. Hell won’t give up and Heaven won’t give in. Frannie’s guardian exercises all the power he has to keep them away, but the demons are willing to hurt anyone close to Frannie in order to get what they want. It will take everything she has and then some to stay out of Hell’s grasp.
And not everyone will get out of it alive.
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