Spirits Of Glory

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One morning, the people of the North woke up and the people of the South were gone. That’s the first thing every child learns on the colony world of Jigsaw. But for one girl, knowing about The Disappearance is not enough. Hawkeye wants to know why. Her curiosity won't let her refuse a journey to the Forbidden Cities, even though she's going into more danger than she can imagine. More

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About Emily Devenport

I've been published under three pen names: as Emily Devenport, I wrote SHADE, LARISSA, SCORPIANNE, EGGHEADS, THE KRONOS CONDITION, and GODHEADS. As Maggy Thomas, I wrote BROKEN TIME, which was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award. As Lee Hogan I wrote BELARUS and ENEMIES. My books have been published in the U.S., the U.K., Italy, and Israel. I'm writing as Emily Devenport again, and I have two new titles out from Smashwords: THE NIGHT SHIFTERS and SPIRITS OF GLORY.

I'm also an undergraduate studying Geology and a volunteer at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.

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Review by: Tahlia Newland on May 17, 2012 :
Spirits of Glory is a highly imaginative story set on another planet after the population of half the planet has been whisked away by the Southern Gods, never to be seen again. The author placed the novel in the dystopian genre but since it doesn’t have the repressive society of a dystopian world, it is more correctly post-apocalyptic and since it is about another planet it is also science fiction, yet it is mystery that drives the book. Many of the new breed of Indie books are excitingly cross genre and unique in style, this is one of them.

Spirits of Glory is written in a haunting style about a dreamlike world where spirits and gods are a reality and time fractures at unexpected moments. The imagery of abandoned cities set amongst tracts of barren land is stark and beautiful, and the characters and their relationships are fascinating, leaving the reader with a distinctive flavour that is hard to describe, perhaps something like fine wine.

Blurb: One morning, the people of the North woke up and the people of the South were gone. That’s the first thing every child learns on the colony world of Jigsaw. But for one girl, knowing about The Disappearance is not enough. Hawkeye wants to know why. Her curiosity won't let her refuse a journey to the Forbidden Cities, even though she's going into more danger than she can imagine.

The Neighbours appeared on the planet Jigsaw soon after the people of the South disappeared. Hawkeye thinks there might be some relationship between the two events, but no one knows where the neighbours live or where they came from and they clearly aren’t human because though human in form their skin comes in a multitude of hues and they have their own language.

For some reason, unknown until the clever ending, a group of Neighbours come to take Hawkeye to the far south where they plan to consult with the Southern Gods. Accompanying them is a group of scavengers, evil minded men whose only desire is to steal the mysterious artefacts left behind after the Disappearance. Their nature contrasts starkly with the purity and tenderness of the Neighbours, and Hawkeye, pretty but a cripple, finds herself dependant on the Neighbours for protection. The tension between the two groups pervades the book and comes to a head at the end.

Throw conversations with strange gods and beautifully described fractures in time into this mix and you have something totally original. If you like something different, read this. I give it 5 stars and a place on the Awesome Indies listing.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tahlia Newland on May 17, 2012 :
Spirits of Glory is a highly imaginative story set on another planet after the population of half the planet has been whisked away by the Southern Gods, never to be seen again. The author placed the novel in the dystopian genre but since it doesn’t have the repressive society of a dystopian world, it is more correctly post-apocalyptic and since it is about another planet it is also science fiction, yet it is mystery that drives the book. Many of the new breed of Indie books are excitingly cross genre and unique in style, this is one of them.

Spirits of Glory is written in a haunting style about a dreamlike world where spirits and gods are a reality and time fractures at unexpected moments. The imagery of abandoned cities set amongst tracts of barren land is stark and beautiful, and the characters and their relationships are fascinating, leaving the reader with a distinctive flavour that is hard to describe, perhaps something like fine wine.

Blurb: One morning, the people of the North woke up and the people of the South were gone. That’s the first thing every child learns on the colony world of Jigsaw. But for one girl, knowing about The Disappearance is not enough. Hawkeye wants to know why. Her curiosity won't let her refuse a journey to the Forbidden Cities, even though she's going into more danger than she can imagine.

The Neighbours appeared on the planet Jigsaw soon after the people of the South disappeared. Hawkeye thinks there might be some relationship between the two events, but no one knows where the neighbours live or where they came from and they clearly aren’t human because though human in form their skin comes in a multitude of hues and they have their own language.

For some reason, unknown until the clever ending, a group of Neighbours come to take Hawkeye to the far south where they plan to consult with the Southern Gods. Accompanying them is a group of scavengers, evil minded men whose only desire is to steal the mysterious artefacts left behind after the Disappearance. Their nature contrasts starkly with the purity and tenderness of the Neighbours, and Hawkeye, pretty but a cripple, finds herself dependant on the Neighbours for protection. The tension between the two groups pervades the book and comes to a head at the end.

Throw conversations with strange gods and beautifully described fractures in time into this mix and you have something totally original. If you like something different, read this. I give it 5 stars and a place on the Awesome Indies listing.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Rachel Shedden on May 05, 2012 :
There's something really magical about finishing a book and realising that, whilst reading it, you were absorbed up into a completely, different world. And no. I'm not talking about the feeling you get with every book once the last page is turned, that feeling that you've been on an adventure with the characters. I'm talking about the feeling of having experienced a completely, different world which, during reading, you were part of.

Spirits of Glory is a unique and unusual page-turner that will have you swooped up into an adventure from page one. I'm not quite sure why, but I just loved the whole uniqueness of it all and found it very refreshing. I managed to finish the ebook in a day because I just couldn't tear my eyes from the very much unusual adventure.

The main character, Hawkeye (aka. Amber) was strong and brave but the one quality that stood out the most for me, was the love she gave to her assistance animals. Actually, come to think of it, I really enjoyed the roles of Brat and Wolfy (her very intelligent cat and dog). Unlike most stories now-a-days where the heroine is usually perfect and beautiful, Hawkeye is crippled. However, this just makes us see how strong she is for struggling through. Another character I quite liked was Boss. Boss is a Neighbour (part of a species that live alongside the humans in Jigsaw) and I liked how he was a reserved character at the start and more forthcoming toward the end.

Another reason I really liked this book is because it is a mixture of genres. It has some mystery, fantasy, sci-fi and even a little splash of romance. Meaning it can appeal to all types of audiences. The only criticism I have is that a few times I did get a little bit confused but it was nothing major and most was resolved nearing the end.

Overall, Spirits of Glory is a very enjoyable read with a unique storyline, strong characters and a mixture of genres which can appeal to everyone. I definetly recommend giving this a read to anyone and everyone - if you're not fond of ebooks maybe it will interest you to know that it's relatively short and at great prices both on Amazon and Smashwords!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Ken on April 23, 2012 :
Spirits of Glory is a short yet interesting and thought provoking science fiction story about a young girl's quest to discover why people disappeared from her planet. Initially the girl Hawkeye is a little timid and is reluctant to go on this journey with the mysterious Neighbors. However as the story progresses Hawkeye grows more confident and learns to handle herself better in different circumstances.

In Spirits of Glory, Devenport has created an intriguing world that I very much enjoyed. The planet that Hawkeye lives on is called Jigsaw because it suffers from a number of Time Fractures. A Time Fracture is basically a time bubble that traps everyone within it in the present, which means that everything takes longer to complete in the bubble than outside of it. This also has the side effect where people on Jigsaw are more mature than their appearance.

As for the general theme of the book, I couldn't help but feel a sense of eeriness throughout the story. You know something had happened on Jigsaw and caused the disappearance of half the planet but you're not quite sure what. There are also talks of spirits and gods that punished the inhabitants for the wrongdoings and yet you never quite see them. Devenport does a great job in conveying these points in her writing and helps the readers become familiar with them at a steady pace.

Devenport writes with wonderful and compelling prose that keeps you hooked on the story but I felt the pacing is a little slow for my liking. However the story as a whole more than makes up for this minor complaint.

Spirits of Glory is a YA novel that is different from what's currently popular on the market. It is a coming of age story that focuses on self-discovery through knowledge rather than physical/supernatural power or through beauty. A recommended read if you are looking for a unique YA novel with deep meaning.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Margaret Kerr on April 18, 2012 :
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review

Let me be up front with everyone - when I received this review request, I wasn't quire sure if I was going to accept it or not. I wasn't quite sure that it was in my wheel-house, but I decided that I would give it a shot. I'm REALLY glad I chose to give it a shot.

Hawkeye and her two intelligent assistance animals are minding their business at home in Jigsaw when the Neighbors come visiting. Hawkeye has spent her life learning about the Disappearance, the day the North woke up and the South was ...gone..., now she gets an opportunity to see what's left of the South and try to unravel the mysteries of the Disappearance. One thing that Hawkeye has learned in her studies is to not ask Neighbors questions. They don't answer them often, especially when the question is a "why".

The journey that Hawkeye, the Neighbors and the Scavengers take is not an easy one, but it's definitely an interesting one. There are a lot of plot twists, a lot of unexpected happenings and it keeps the book moving in directions the reader doesn't expect. Just when you think you've got things figured out, Devenport throws something completely unexpected your way.

Read the blurb. If it sounds even slightly intriguing to you, read it. You won't regret it. I sure don't.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: CubicleBlindness on Jan. 31, 2012 :
A unique, science fiction story about a young girl who goes on an incredible, fantastical journey at the request of the Neighbors to find the answers from the Spirits of Glory. The answers to why all the human inhabitants from the Southern cities had vanished. Along with her animals that are each their own character in this story, bandwagon on their quest.
A lot of details and specifics as you read, so it's important to pay attention. This is not a story that I could fly through and be able to keep all the details straight. I had to take my time.
Hawkeye is approached by the Neighbors because of her knowledge, intelligence and gifts. Hawkeye is young and smart, but not described as beautiful. She is one of the strongest and most admirable female lead characters I have read about. There is no romance in this story, but an introduction to a possible romance right at the end.
There is no way that anybody could figure out what was going to happen next in this one, no way you can guess the ending. There is magic, time fractures, intelligent animals, ghosts, Gods and the mystery that they have set out to solve.
I can tell you right now you have never and will never read a story like this one out there. I dare you to try to find one. Then come back and tell me about it!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Charlotte Black on Dec. 03, 2011 :
How lovely to read about a girl who isn't tall, beautiful, and stunning in every which way. Far from it, Amber (Hawkeye) is a cripple though she does describe herself as 'a prettiness that surprised her'. She's clever and smart and very unique.

Review:
The first thing I'll say is that if you don't like Sci-Fi then this book isn't for you. Personally I LOVE Sci-Fi and this author's attention to detail is so far advanced that many inferior writers can never match it.

The blend of sentences and words wisping around to create this magical word of Jigsaw is very unique, almost akin to classic Sci-Fi more than modern but among those words and sentences is a story that will grab you in so you don't want to let go.

While I read it chapter by chapter I formed various ideas in my head as to what would happen at the end of the journey, and what twist Devenport would spring on us but I was wrong in each idea.

The characters are all crisp and well formed. I particularly liked the assistance animals and how much they helped Hawkeye, with the soft touch of her reading them 1001 Arabian Nights to go to sleep.

There isn't much dialogue in the story, and only a hint of romance near the end although Bertie does play a prominent part in Hawkeye's perception of things. But this is about the growth of one girl and how her world changes on her last journey.

A thoroughly wonderful read, I beg anyone to read it and enjoy.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: karlaihdez on Nov. 07, 2011 :
When I started this book, I did so without any expectation, Science Fiction is not usually the type of book that I would pick for a read, but when I was offered the chance to read this books, I knew if I said no, I was going to make the biggest mistake ever; you know what? I was right!!!!!!!

Spirits of Glory is a magnificent piece of art.

Through the whole book we accompany Hawkeye on a journey she wasn´t prepared to take, we watch her grow comfortable under her own skin. What I liked the most about this book was the strength the female character has; it´s something very unusual in YA literature. Hawkeye is an intellectual, caring compassionate woman, whose thirst of knowledge drives her to take part on a trip that will change her life forever.

This book is an unusual ride into a unique science Fiction YA, the intricate plot makes you thought everything at least twice before continuing reading cause every sentence has significance, every words is full with symbolism, every single detail counts.

I´m usually very good at figuring where the story is going and even thou I took several guesses at where this book was headed I got to say that half my suspicions where wrong and when the truth of truths was finally on display it was so obvious; Emily Devenport made a flawless job at webbing this story with so intricate detail that even thou all the signs where there, cause she did left signs as to where the story was headed ; you are so absorbed on the story that you can´t help but to miss them.

I loved this book is one of the best reads I’ve had on 2011, you guys should be looking this book ASAP.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: T. SINGH on April 16, 2011 :
Emily Devenport has a gift; in the same way as an artist can create a picture which will captivate you and remain in your memory for years afterwards. Then so does Emily Devenports story’s stay in your mind for years afterward. When re-reading her books more details are found and the richer the story becomes. Having read a number of books by her I was pleased when she released two new works.

Spirits of Glory deals with a young lady called Hawkeye who is a authority on the Neighbours and the Disappearance. She is requested to embark on a journey to discover about the disappearance. Hawkeye learns about the Neighbours, Humans, Herself and her world. (Also about Gods, Ghosts, and Donkeys).

Emily Devenport has written about women as her main character; these women are strong, resourceful, tough, intelligent. They are not always perfect, maybe pig-headed at times. They are not your normal leading characters, and it is here one of her strengths lie.

I would recommend Spirits of Glory and if you can, get hold of her earlier books.
(reviewed long after purchase)

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