Recreated by Colleen Houck
Published by Random House Children's Books on August 2nd 2016
From Colleen Houck, New York Times bestselling author of The Tiger’s Curse, comes Recreated, the second book in the epic Egyptian-inspired Reawakened series, in which a seventeen-year-old must literally go to hell to save the love of her life. Lily Young thought traveling across the globe with a reawakened sun prince was a grand adventure. Now she’s about to embark on the journey of a lifetime.
When Amon and Lily part tragically, he transports himself to the Netherworld—what mortals call hell. Tormented by the loss of his one true love, he’d rather suffer in agony during Lily’s mortal years than fulfill his duty to protect humanity.
Heartbroken, Lily seeks refuge on her grandmother’s farm. Yet she can feel Amon’s pain, and she has been having dreams—dreams of Amon continually suffering.
For before he departed, Amon gave Lily something very special, an item that connects them even though they are worlds apart. Now Lily must use this object to free him, and to free their realms from darkness and utter chaos. She will do whatever it takes.
Hi everyone! Today I have a special guest here on the blog! Colleen Houck is here to talk to us a bit about her upcoming release, Recreated. Here’s what Colleen has to say about one of the places we visit in her book, the Netherworld:
In many sources the Afterlife and the Netherworld are interchangeable. As I was researching both for my Egyptian series, it soon became clear to me that I needed to separate them into two distinct places.
My version of the Netherworld is a place the dead go after judgment if their hearts are deemed unworthy of the Afterlife. In this way, the Afterlife is more like a paradise or a place of waiting while the Netherworld is a place where the unprepared go. There they are provided opportunities to fix their past wrongs.
There are several dangers in my version of the Netherworld. The first one is the queen, called the Devourer. In some myths she is called Ammit, and is described as having the head of a crocodile, the body of a lion and the hind end of a hippopotamus. Not a very pretty picture, is it? She sits by the scales of justice and the goddess Ma’at will throw her the hearts of the wicked to devour.
I kept the idea of heart devouring but made my version beautiful and tempting. She sucks the life out of ghosts through the mouth, AKA a kiss which is much more interesting to me than just chomping on bloody hearts.
The Devourer has several minions that work for her. Reapers, (kind of a play on grim reapers but mine are actually insectoids), hellhounds (a bit like large wolves that dissolve into smoke), and an albino minotaur who is pretty much one of a kind. His weapon of choice is a whip.
In Egyptian mythology there is a Lake of Fire and I kept that in my story. There are various beasties that swim in the lake and try to stop the repentant from recovering their hearts. In Recreated, the hearts of those who are banished to the Netherworld are placed in locations of varying degrees of danger. The person brave enough to recover his, one who can learn from the mistakes made while in the flesh, can get it back. In essence, this will heal the soul who has lost his heart. They are then eligible to leave the Netherworld for the Afterlife as long as they can get past the things that might stop them.
I think my favorite place there is the field of ghosts. This is where the reapers come in. There is an actual field in the Netherworld where ghosts are planted in rows. They are allowed to “ripen” and when they’re ready, the reapers cut them down and take them to the Devourer so she can consume them. Pretty creepy, right?
Exploring the Netherworld was a fun adventure for me. I hope you enjoy heading off with Lily and her companions as she traverses the dangerous paths and creatures who live there.
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