World domination is the least of their problems.
A STRANDED DEMIGOD. Lau of the House of Feofar, troubled and headstrong, screwed up. Royally. Now he lives out his days in exile on Earth – the very planet he once tried to exterminate.
A RUDDERLESS MORTAL WOMAN. Silver Laing leads the ordinary life of a white-collar worker. Lonely and desperately in search of purpose and new horizons, she gets more than she bargained for when she is offered a mysterious job.
A CATACLYSMIC PLAN BILLIONS OF YEARS IN THE MAKING. When a deadly visitor from Lau’s shrouded past threatens to lay the world in ashes, Silver and Lau must form an unlikely alliance against ancient and far superior forces.
An alliance with the potential to shake the very foundation of the Universe.
Shimmering new worlds?
Secrets as old as time?
Splashes of humour?
If your answer to all of the above is ‘Hell, yeah!’ then The Shape of Stars Unknown is your guy. This first book in Sybil Le Pyrmont’s new urban fantasy adventure series, The Aldarfall Saga, will take you from Germany to Tibet, from Japan to Iceland and all the way to the other end of the Universe.
The Shape of Stars Unknown
by Sybil Le Pyrmont
(The Aldarfall Saga, #1)
Publication date: October 15th 2020
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Sybil Le Pyrmont was born in Germany and was raised on the Canary Islands (that Gallic name is a pseudonym – her actual name has as much flair as a tax return). Although she now resides in Frankfurt, Germany, her heart has been beating for Tokyo ever since she spent a year in that city and discovered her epic love for all things Japan. That includes, to her acute embarrassment, the Shinagawa train station jingle she has installed as her ringtone. When Sybil isn’t writing, or dreaming of the anonymous donor who will some day gift her a house in Japan, she splits her time between her airline day job and long rants about the sunshine and the always-too-hot weather.
Sybil writes urban fantasy adventure to whisk her readers away to realms of imagination that have a distinct possibility of existing somewhere in the depths of the Universe.
Visit spyrmont.com for more on Sybil and her writing.
Review with Sybil Le Pyrmont
- What inspired you to start writing?
Oh dear, I wish I had an epic answer to this question (as in, “I stood on top of Mount Everest, and the ghosts of climbers past handed me a quill and parchment”). However, the naked truth is that the final push to take up writing came from The Vampire Diaries. I found myself so upset with a certain storyline on the series that I sat down and penned an alternative scene just for myself. A couple of months later, I ended up with a novel-length story that I published on a fanfiction website. The response from readers was so overwhelmingly positive that I wrote an even longer sequel and several shorter stories … until at last, I took the plunge and wrote my original novel, The Shape of Stars Unknown.
- How long have you been writing?
I have dabbled ever since I wrote my first coherent sentence as a kid, but if we talk serious writing, I’ve been at it for a little over eight years.
- When did you start writing?
That must have been in late 2012.
- How many books have you written? Which is your favourite?
The Shape of Stars Unknown is my first book, but the rough drafts of its two sequels are already written. During a break from the books, I started another novel, Fanatic, a standalone about a medieval monk ending up in present times; two other unfinished manuscripts languish in my drawer as well.
As for my favourite, that’s a tough question. I would have to go with TSOSU since its characters are so much a part of my life, and the story as a whole feels almost real to me by now. That said, Fanatic has the potential to take the top spot eventually.
- What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book(s)?
Every character I create has one tiny grain of me. Whether it is the female protagonist or the most sadistic, psychopathic serial killer – they all reflect a smidgen of who I am. This came as a surprise to me insofar as I found it hard to accept that I might share traits, thoughts or mannerisms with real-life murderers and criminals. It was a scary discovery, but also one that helped me learn more about myself (so please don’t call the cops just yet).
- Who is your favourite character?
Lau, my male protagonist. For all his faults – and he has many – he is a man of courage and extraordinary resilience. Certain events in his past have traumatised him deeply, but even though he has no active memory of them, he continues to fight these demons every day. He has lived for billions of years without losing his zest for life, and not only is he a free spirit, but he is an intellectual warrior with a sense of humour and an appreciation of the finer things in life. To me, he is the perfect anti-hero … but I might just be a little biased.
- Can you share with us something about the book that isn’t in the blurb?
Aside from the slow-burn romance between the main characters, one of the principal relationships in the books centres around a profound, lifelong friendship on the rocks. This friendship and its evolving dynamics play a decisive role throughout the entire Aldarfall Saga.
- Are there any secrets from the book (that aren’t in the blurb), you can share with your readers?
Well … let’s just say that fans of a little magic and a big tsunami are in for a treat.
- Can you share a snippet that isn’t in the blurb or excerpt?
Silver glanced up the facade of the massive skyscraper towering above their heads, and stopped mid-stride. Unlike Shinjuku and other parts of town, Azabu was not deformed by high-rises, which made this one stand out beacon-like against its lower surroundings. Its design, too, was unconventional. At roughly half its height, the building’s width expanded to render the upper part of the construction broader than the lower, in the style of a tree or an upside-down bottle.
It was a sight Silver knew as well as her own reflection – from the beloved photograph above her couch in Frankfurt.
The sudden sensation on her tongue felt like cotton mouth. ‘You’ve got to be kidding me. The Mushroom Tower?’ she mumbled to herself while her heart began to drum in her throat. Julian heard and gave her a tight smile.
‘Motoazabu Hills, the Forest Tower, officially. He owns the building and inhabits the top three floors.’ He gnawed on his lip. ‘An invitation such as this is unprecedented, and I don’t know what to expect. Our leader considers this a good sign, but I want you to always remember who we’re dealing with. Don’t let down your guard; don’t fall for any attempt at cordiality. I won’t lie to you, Silver: I don’t think he’s planning on taking us down, but there’s no way I can protect you should he decide not to play nice. Stay alert, and don’t let him get to you. Again,’ he added.
Easy for you to say. It’s not like he makes you feel like you’ve known him for a billion years. It’s not like you have a picture of his house hanging in your living room.
- Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with your readers about?
I have just started to work on the revisions of the as-yet-unnamed sequel to TSOSU. Some heavy-handed editing awaits me as I am unhappy with several storylines and character developments that seemed right in the first draft but no longer work as well as I would want them to. Back to the salt mines it is!
- Who is your favourite author and why?
My front-runner by a long shot is Trevanian, who wrote my favourite novel, Shibumi. He was a cosmopolitan scholar with a brilliant, crystal-clear mind and a flair for wordplay, puns and fine irony. For non-fiction, I love Jon Krakauer. Into Thin Air, his account of the 1996 Mount Everest tragedy, is so gripping and well-written that I tend to forget it even is non-fiction.
- What book is currently on your bedside table?
The Storm of Echoes, the fourth book of The Mirror Visitor Quartet, a French fantasy saga by Christelle Dabos (I think this last instalment has not been released in English yet). This series was the first in a while to make me pull a reading all-nighter. The worldbuilding is stellar and truly outlandish, the characters are unique, and there are intrigues and adventures by the ton. I can heartily recommend this series to anyone looking for a fresh take on the fantasy genre.
- What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Since travel is not an option (I live in Germany, where we are in full-on lockdown mode), I can’t indulge my favourite pastime at the moment. When I’m not working in my day job at an airline, I split my time between my new hubby – we got married little over a month ago – writing, travelling and reading. Not spectacular, I know, but my kart racing/scuba diving/windsurfing/golfing/partying times really are behind me. Yikes … now I feel old!
- What’s your favourite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?
There is a small town in Northern Germany, right at the Baltic Sea and not far from the Danish border. It is called Kappeln. I spent my happiest childhood years near that town and never forgot how adventurous and free the countryside made me feel. Kappeln is surrounded by beaches, a fjord, lakes, forests, and to boot, I love the dry humour of the people up North. I make a point of visiting at least once a year.
Kappeln and its drawbridge
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