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In the Shadow of a Valiant Moon
In the Shadow of a Valiant Moon

In the Shadow of a Valiant Moon

It Takes Death To Reach A Star Duology


396 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $17.99 (US $17.99) (CA $23.99)

Publication Date: August 2020

ISBN 9781944109967

Rights: WOR

Vesuvian Books (Aug 2020)


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The final installment of the multi-award-winning, multicultural duology co-written by an atheist scientist and a Christian law enforcement officer that tackles hot button issues on the world stage showing our differences and our humanity

Four years have passed since the lillipads fell and Etyom slipped into darkness. The New Black Death has mutated again, spreading to near epidemic proportions. What little order existed in Earth's last city has disintegrated into chaos. Rippers roam the Vapid, robbing and leaving their victims butchered. The Robusts have spilled out of their broken enclaves and hide in any dark corner that will conceal them. Meanwhile, the elite Graciles, fallen from their pristine towers in the sky, have all mysteriously disappeared. Demitri is a prisoner in his own mind. His demon, Vedmak—now known as the Vardøger—is manipulating Demitri's body to execute a secret plan far more disastrous than even the Gracile Leader dared. Mila, her status among the fractured resistance elevated to that of Paladyn—a protector of the people—leads the fight against zealots intent on destroying what little remains of Etyom. It is a responsibility she never wanted, a calling that prevents her from doing what she truly desires. Yet, Mila should be careful of what she longs. Caught between annihilation and loyalties that refuse to die, she must reconcile a single immutable truth: following your heart comes at a price.  


The first book in the series, It Takes Death To Reach A Star has won the below awards 2019 IPPY Bronze Award Science Fiction 2019 Feathered Quill Gold Award Winner Science Fiction 2018 Cygnus Award First Place Ribbon Dystopian Science Fiction 2018 Dragon Award Nominee Best Science Fiction Novel 2018 New York Book Festival Winner Science Fiction 2018 Readers' Favorite Honorable Mention Science Fiction Endorsements for It Takes Death To Reach A Star "... merging the best of apocalyptic fiction and science fiction... compelling." ~ Library Journal "Cinematic, thought provoking, and immersive, this is an option for fans of darker, grittier, and more science-focused dystopias in the manner of the novels of Philip K. Dick." ~ Booklist "This was one of the most original books I have read in a long time. I was completely transfixed from beginning to end. This book gets a perfect score." ~ Feathered Quill Award Judges "... I cannot fathom how Stu Jones and Gareth Worthington created this masterpiece." ~ Readers' Favorite

Author Biography

A veteran law enforcement officer, Stu Jones has worked as a beat cop, an investigator, an instructor of firearms and police defensive tactics and as a member and team leader of a multi-jurisdictional SWAT team. Gareth Worthington BSc PhD is a trained marine biologist and holds a doctorate in comparative endocrinology. Gareth works in the pharmaceutical industry helping to educate the world's doctors on new cancer therapies.