I’m terribly late yet thrilled to post the tour of Emergence(The Infernal Guard #1) by S.G.D. Singh.
Emergence (Infernal Guard #1)
By SGD Singh
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: January 30, 2016
Seventeen year-old Asha’s days are spent training in martial arts, attending homeschool classes, and helping in the kitchens of a luxurious Miami resort which she seldom leaves. Until the night her grandfather arrives home mysteriously injured, accompanied by a terrifying stranger. Asha begins to suspect that nothing is what it seems when she is abruptly sent to Punjab, India to live with relatives she never knew she had.
Joined by her best friend, Lexi, and her newfound cousin, Nidhan, Asha is soon drawn to an unusual place where the three of them learn that our World is much more than it appears. And there is a good reason people are afraid of the dark.
Meet The Infernal Guard: Shape-shifting Jodha warriors, Seers of various psychic Talents, Healers, Illusionists, and weapons-creating Tvastars. They are the gifted few who fight to protect our realm from demonic Underworlders escaping the seven lower dimensions of Hindu Mythology’s Fourteen Worlds.
As the next generation of heroes from around the globe gathers to begin training, Asha discovers true love and a family in her friends and instructors. But something in the darkness knows that she alone possesses the rarest Talent of all. Now Asha must find the courage and strength to risk everything she has gained before a devouring evil like no other The Infernal Guard has ever faced destroys our realm’s very existence.
I will be succinct in the review. To be honest when I started to read the book I didn’t expect it to be this good. From the first the suspense is created. After Asha reaches India the mystery starts to build.
- Very well character building. I personally liked Lexi too much.
- Theme is interesting, premise and plot is good.
- I really liked the diction and the flow of the story
Overall a nice book especially when I love to read books based on India.
For the drawback I’ll say the story is slow paced at some places which could’ve been avoided. Other than that it’s a nice read. Definitely recommended. And I will give it 4 star for rating. This is the first book as you can tell from the title. And i would love to read other books of this series too.
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Other books in this series.
Descent (The Infernal Guard #2)
Severance (The Infernal Guard #3)
How was the experience of writing this novel?
Writing this novel has been one giant learning experience for me. When I decided to write it, ignorance was a sweet blessing—my blissful, adorable ignorance. My naivety and inexperience meant I was able to happily focus solely on the pure pleasure of writing, the excitement of building a fictional world, the thrill of bringing my story to life, of filling it people who don’t actually exist but yet felt so real. It allowed me to dive into the joy of creating a story I wanted to read.
Once the novel’s first draft was complete, I began to wake up from my innocent baby dream. I had learned I could finish a manuscript, but I learned very soon that it’s not easy to get a literary agent. I also learned after eight months of rejections that I am not a patient person. When one agent was compassionate enough to inform me that her agency receives ten thousand queries a month, and only takes on two new authors a year, I learned I’d rather build an author platform by getting my books to readers than wait years for something that may or may not ever happen.
I found a professional editor—and learned I have a lot to learn about polishing a manuscript. I learned I’m stubborn when editors want to delete entire scenes (like the scene at the end with Lexi & Nidhan)
Next I found a cover designer—and learned I’m a control-freak as well as impatient and stubborn. I learned that eventually one must be satisfied with what a cover is, rather than what you wish it was.
I found beta readers—and learned it’s actually great fun to discuss what readers hate about a story and take up the challenge of trying to fix, clarify, and add until they love it.
I learned that no matter how many times I went over my manuscript, there would always, always be something to improve.
I learned that eventually I had to give myself a publication date or I’d never publish anything and move on to the next story.
Once the book was actually published, I learned I needn’t have worried about the thousands upon thousands of people who would magically rush out and buy my book and then drop everything and read it immediately.
I learned people can’t buy what they don’t know exists.
I learned this is actually a good thing, because the next thing I learned was that stealth-ninja typos riddled the book like it had been left out in a shooting range for crazed machine gun wielding book-haters.
I learned fixing mistakes is expensive. So I found a team of proofreaders who I value more than chocolate, the kind covered in real gold.
But the most important lesson I learned was when I relaxed about sales and numbers and ratings and reviews and opinions and mistakes and came back full circle to the beginning—back to the pure love of telling a story. The joy of putting pen to paper, to inventing a world that might hold the magic to pull readers from their reality, that might possess the power to give people a moment of escape, of entertainment, of love and excitement.
Because at the end of the day readers will buy what they choose to buy—of the millions of books available to them at their fingertips.
They owe us nothing.
And the beauty is, books will always wait. They’ll be there—just as new and fresh as the day they were published—for those who are meant to read them.
So this book taught me a lot. Focus on the creativity of what you control, enjoy the ride, and don’t stress and fall into pits of comparisonitus. Because life is too short not to feel the ecstasy of its gift every single day.
In short, writing this novel was an absolute blast, and it will forever remain my favorite as my beloved first and for the learning experience it gave me.
About the author:-
Author of The Infernal Guard Trilogy, I live between New Mexico and Punjab with my husband, two daughters, and extended relatives, traveling around Asia and Europe reluctantly as those who get nauseated in modes of transportation will understand. I grew up attending boarding school in Northern India and always dreamed of being a writer. Thanks to Amazon and self-publishing, dreams really do come true.
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