50 Page Fridays: Shana Abe


Every Friday, we here @ Del Rey Spectra will place a 50 page excerpt of a selected title on Unbound Worlds. Whether it is science fiction, epic fantasy, alternate history, horror, urban fantasy, paranormal, the possibilities are endless.

Shana Abé has been writing fantasy for years. And most recently, she’s written several engrossing novels about dragons as a part of her Drakon series. Known for her lyrical writing and all-encompassing storytelling, Shana Abé is back with a brand new trilogy that doesn’t disappoint.

This week’s excerpt comes from her newest book, The Sweetest Dark. This novel is the start of a new trilogy starring Lora, an orphan girl who turns out to be a bit more than just a girl. When Lora is haunted by music no one else can hear, and starts to uncover the magic that had always been lurking just beneath her skin, her life will be forever changed. For fans of Lauren Kate and Libba Bray, The Sweetest Dark is filled with thrilling romance, exciting adventure, and ancient magic.

But don’t take our word for it. Check out just a few of the rave reader reviews below:

Readers love The Sweetest Dark

From the very first page, I was hooked.
-Amanda, Library Thing (4 Stars)

Shana Abe is something of a genius for creating a story so lush, so beautiful, and so different from your classic paranormal book!
-Mimi, Goodreads (4 Stars)

If there is a sequel I will be first in line to buy it- I was sorry when it was over.
-“Book Junkie”, Amazon Vine Review (5 Stars)

With every fiber of my being, I love The Sweetest Dark. It was beautiful, magical, dark, and absolutely sweet!
-Hilda, Goodreads (4 Stars)

I really cannot tell you how much I adored this story and hope to see more like this from such a talented author.
-Terra, Goodreads (5 Stars)

Abe has a particular knack for engaging all the senses. Many romance writers rely heavily on visual descriptions. But Abe takes it so much further by giving equal attention to smell, sound, taste, and touch.
-Meegan, Amazon Vine Review (4.5 Stars)

Absolutely Stunning!
-Alis, Goodreads (5 Stars)

There is plenty of atmosphere, romance, and magic between these covers. I recommend it very highly.
-Pam, Amazon Vine Review (4 Stars)

Sometimes there are those books that hit you so hard, so powerfully, that you know that there are no words to describe it, there’s no way to get your point across how amazing the book is. The Sweetest Dark was like that for me.
-Candace, Library Thing (5 Stars)

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Please enjoy this excerpt of THE SWEETEST DARK by Shana Abé, on sale now wherever books are sold.

THE SWEETEST DARK by Shana Abe, Excerpt by Random House Publishing Group