Sci-Fi / Fantasy
Date Published: 06-08-2021
Publisher: Sandpaper Press
Three thousand years ago the three races of Vinge, Human, Dak’or, and Fingalin, fled into space at the destruction of their planet. Now The Alliance between the three governments is at its breaking point. Between racial tensions caused by the elitist and wealthy Fingal trying to claim a divine right to rule, a deadly new quarantine-resistant plague that is sweeping through the primarily Drak’or outer colonies, and lack of funding and success in terraforming efforts, the treaty seems to be at an end. As people begin to turn to religion to save them, The Descendents, a powerful religious sect worshiping the Goddess Vyanna, readily fill the void.
Now the crew of a small mercenary vessel, captained by a man calling himself the devil, are on a relief mission to replace equipment for Deep Space Initiative Station 3122’s failed life support. Lieutenant Commander James Aiunys, the newest member, and tactical officer of the legendary crew is shocked when they are unexpectedly pulled out of hyperspace, and informed that the quarantine zone has been expanded to include the station. The mysterious Drak’or captain is undeterred. In a feat that seems more like magic than science, he turns the battle on its head, defeating one of the most powerful warships in the galaxy, leaving it paralyzed in space.
Upon their arrival however, the station is not what they had expected. The crew becomes concerned when they discover the station empty, an eerie resemblance to another station they had visited at the bequest of strange women with silver hair who smelled of apple blossoms.
When the power core fails during their investigation, The Captain is once again forced to do the impossible, leaving James with more questions than answers. With the government collapsing into chaos, the crew of The Shade find themselves on the run, caught in the middle of a sinister plot that will change the galaxy forever.
But there are darker shadows than the machinations of mortals lurking in the far corners of civilization. Brought face to face with their own humanity in a conflict older than the concepts of good and evil. They are forced to question everything they understood about themselves, religion, and even the very fabric of reality.
What is the hardest part of writing
This is a tricky question, because it seems like every new step along the way is the new hardest part. When you first sit down and want to write something, just getting anything written seems like the hardest part. I started so many stories, with so many different beginnings before Seph sort of just fell out of me all on its own. So strangely if you are setting out to write a book, that is the hardest part, but if you write a book on accident that part is easy.
For me the
biggest struggle was finding people who were willing to read the whole thing
and give me honest feed back during the early drafts. Which is really critical to
being able to refine it into something you really want to be able to share with
other people. That, and finding the time to do all of that editing around
everything else going on.
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
I actually don’t have an Ipod and never have. I did not have much musical exposure when I was a child and so music was never nearly as much a part of my life during my teen years as it is for most I think. I never really developed the habit of making playlists to express myself. But I listen to a lot of Eric Clapton, the Beach boys, Beetles, Rolling stones, and The Monkeys. I also really enjoy live orchestras
When I do want to express myself emotionally through music, I usually write my own. I play several instruments but most prominently I play the guitar. My three most played songs are
Voices in the rain
And Tear Drops
Which you probably would not recognize or be able to find anywhere since I have never had the confidence to share my own music with anyone except my partner.
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
Absolutely, and they are 100% invaluable. I could always use more though, So if you know anyone I am looking.
What book are you reading now?
I recently finished The Paper Magician series by Charkie N. Holmberg. And am about halfway through It’s Complicated by Danah Boyd. I am also reading Zen and Japanese Culture by Daisetz T. Suzuki. I also have a few projects I am reading for other authors which haven’t been announced yet, but there is some really exciting things going on in that department that I am really looking forward to.
How did you start your writing career?
It was really an accident. I was in a pretty dark place in my life and struggling to find things to hold onto. I came across a writing prompt on the internet and I just couldn’t stop thinking about it. Once I started writing it just didn’t stop. After 27 days I had my first draft and it was a pretty surreal experience. I felt like I had an obligation to give what I had created a chance to be something more then a forgotten file an a hard drive so I just kept working at it until eventually we got to where we are now.
I have several other projects in the work, But the next one I intend to release I am calling Cinnamon Latte, and it will be the first book in what I am titling the Perspectives series.
It’s a Dystopian YA series where the whole society is being run by what is essentially a overblown social media platform who’s algorithms dictate almost everything in day to day life.
About the Author
Ezra Sandborn got his start writing fiction as a dungeon master in online role-playing games . He draws on inspiration from his childhood, sitting under the trampoline and inventing new worlds and characters. Ezra became an author by accident, during a particularly difficult period of his life he was suddenly struck by inspiration for a short story. After sharing the story with friends and family everyone wanted to read more, and so he continued writing. In less than a month as the result of that novel accident Seph – The Reflection of Divinity was created. Ezra’s writing is defined by his complex characters, deep immersive worlds, and unique stories that challenge the conventional narrative, while exploring the deeper truth of human nature.