Freely downloadable booklet Extracts from the Book of Shadow to celebrate the release of the Dark shall do what Light cannot paperback edition

Today sees the release of the paperback edition of the Dark shall do what Light cannot by Sanem Ozdural. In that book we are taken to Pera, meet Shadow its soul, and discover the Book of Shadow which is fundamental to the life of every Peran.

Artwork: Alison Buck
Artwork: Alison Buck

To the non-Pera born Shadow may be elusive and the Book of Shadow too big to comprehend. With the help of two of their Immortals, LiGa have produced an initiation of sorts into the mind and soul of Pera. Orion (Imm.) provides an introduction to Shadow, while Roland Griffith S.J. (Imm.) offers us a personal selection from the Book of Shadow. Thanks to the generosity of LiGa, we are delighted to be able to make this LiGa pamphlet, Extracts for the Book of Shadow available for free download.

Shadow is one of the most enthralling beings ever created in modern speculative fiction

Seregil of Rhiminee, Risingshadow

Extracts from The Book of Shadow, is now available for free download, click here for details and download links.

 

the Dark shall do what Light cannot released in paperback today

the Dark shall do what Light cannot, the second novel in the LiGa series by Sanem Ozdural is available from today in a paperback edition.

Artwork: Alison Buck
Artwork: Alison Buck

Following on from the critically acclaimed LiGa™, this new novel reveals more about the secretive organisation behind the life-extending technology of LiGa. Along with LiGa’s newest recruits, we are transported from New York on an eventful voyage across the high seas and beyond the Light Veil to the colourful and wonderful world of Pera, an almost-mythical place on the other side of reality. On the way we meet the pirate Patron and her ship the Flying Fish, the only one that can sail through the Light Veil; Orion (Imm.), the Hunter, respected by some and feared by others; and Shadow, the formidable soul of Pera.

There are light trees in Pera that eat sunlight and bear fruit which, in turn, lights up and energises (literally) the whole community. There are light birds that glitter in the night because they have eaten the seed of the lightberry. The House of Light and Dark, which is the domain of the Sun and her brother, Twilight, welcomes all creatures living in Pera. But in the midst of all the glitter, laughter and the songs, it must be remembered that the lightberry is poisonous to the non-Pera born, and the Land is afraid when the Sun retreats, for it is then that Twilight walks the streets…

the Dark shall do what Light cannot has been available in popular eBook formats since the 10th April.

 

“an exceptionally good science-fantasy story” – review of the Dark shall do what Light cannot on Risingshadow

On the Risingshadow.net website, Seregil of Rhiminee has written a review of Sanem Ozdural’s new novel the Dark shall do what Light cannot, the sequel to her debut novel LiGa™. The frequency with which Seregil reads new books and writes detailed and thoughtful reviews is quite astounding, and the sheer number of such reviews he has written makes his comments on Sanem’s new book all the more meaningful.

Artwork: Alison Buck
Artwork: Alison Buck

Seregil starts by recalling LiGa™, Sanem’s debut novel, which he says was “an interesting reading experience for me, because the author did something that I didn’t expect to be possible” which he explains was that “she made bridge look sexy and fashionable by transforming it into science fiction”. Although the Dark shall do what Light cannot is a sequel to LiGa™, and includes some of the same main characters, Seregil notes that it is perfectly possible to read it as a standalone novel. Having been “thrilled” by LiGa™, Seregil was “amazed” again by this sequel which is “an exceptionally good science-fantasy story” which “outshines LiGa™ in every possible way”. He says that in this new book Sanem demonstrates “her writing skills and storytelling abilities, because she transports her readers into a fascinating world of light and darkness. She weaves a web of magic with a good dash of originality around her readers.” He enjoyed reading the book very much because “it felt fresh and exciting”.

Seregil then discusses some of the characters and how well their characterisation works, as well as the story’s plot and the “impressive worldbuilding” of the setting of Pera where much of the action takes place. It pleased him that Sanem “takes her time to introduce the characters and the world of Pera with its different areas and traditions” and “doesn’t rush with the story. She smoothly combines different elements and gradually deepens the story by revealing more wonders and terrors about the world of Pera and delivers an excellent story.” He goes on to add that he was impressed by the effortless and skillful way she manages different threads and elements and brings them all together.

He especially found reading about Shadow fascinating. Shadow is the soul of Pera and has the body of an enormous crocodile (as featured on the cover of the book!). He says that “Shadow is one of the most enthralling beings ever created in modern speculative fiction novels”. Praise indeed!

As well as Shadow, Seregil is impressed by how Sanem “infuses her story with intriguing mythic, paranormal and religious elements that blend seamlessly into one another”. He also enjoyed her fresh approach to pirates in Pera where they pay taxes and give merchants receipts when they rob them.

Seregil says that “what makes this novel stand out is its complexity and philosophical elements. It was nice that the author didn’t underestimate her readers”. This also includes the excerpts from the Book of Shadow which are “wonderfully creative, poetic and mythic”.

Finally Seregil says that this novel was “an enjoyable reading experience, because it isn’t often that one has an opportunity to read this kind of science-fantasy. The Dark shall do what Light cannot is a skillfully written novel that differs quite a lot from other new and contemporary science fiction novels. It’s a fascinating combination of science fiction, fantasy, paranormal elements, mystery elements, traditions, religion and mythic elements.”

In conclusion he says that it is “Good, imaginative and thought-provoking science-fantasy for adults”.

This was just an extract, you should read Seregil’s whole review here.

 

Sanem Ozdural celebrates launch of new novel with visit to the Flying Fish

While celebrating the launch of her new novel the Dark shall do what Light cannot, which was published in a digital edition today, Sanem Ozdural visited the Flying Fish. As readers of her new book will soon discover, the Flying Fish is the incredible ship belonging to Patron, a ‘pirate’ from Pera. It is the one ship able to cross the Light Veil, and hence the only route by which anyone can travel to or from Pera. Powered by lightfuel it also has some other unique properties… but we won’t mention them now so as not to spoil the book for you 😉

Sanem Ozdural and the Flying Fish

Lawyer’s new novel examines rights, responsibilities and justice in a place beyond the Light Veil

As in fellow lawyer Sir Thomas More’s Utopia, Sanem Ozdural combines elements of science fiction and fantasy to provide a setting in which to consider the limitations of the power of the state, in her new novel, the Dark shall do what Light cannot.

DARTFORD, KENT – 10 April 2015 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is delighted to announce the publication of a new novel, the Dark shall do what Light cannot, by author and international lawyer Sanem Ozdural. Following the success of LiGa™, her critically acclaimed debut, the latest novel reveals more about the secretive organisation behind the life-extending technology of LiGa. Along with LiGa’s newest recruits, we are transported from New York on an eventful voyage across the high seas and beyond the Light Veil to the colourful and wonderful world of Pera, an almost-mythical place on the other side of reality. On the way we meet the pirate Patron and her ship the Flying Fish, the only one that can sail through the Light Veil; Orion (Imm.), the Hunter, respected by some and feared by others; and Shadow, the formidable soul of Pera.

Artwork: Alison Buck
Artwork: Alison Buck

There are light trees in Pera that eat sunlight and bear fruit which, in turn, lights up and energises (literally) the whole community. There are light birds that glitter in the night because they have eaten the seed of the lightberry. The House of Light and Dark, which is the domain of the Sun and her brother, Twilight, welcomes all creatures living in Pera. But in the midst of all the glitter, laughter and the songs, it must be remembered that the lightberry is poisonous to the non-Pera born, and the Land is afraid when the Sun retreats, for it is then that Twilight walks the streets…

As a prosecutor, Sanem has confronted some of the worst aspects of humanity. As a novelist she enables us to consider questions that we might otherwise choose to avoid. We live in a world of Light and Dark, Day and Night, Good and Evil. How do we deal with evil? Despite its power and resources, the state with all its laws and police is neither omnipotent nor omnipresent. It is not always enough.

In Pera, as in our world, there is deceit and cruelty. There are people who would harm defenceless children, and those who would jeopardise the health and wealth of their communities for personal gain. What happens, though, when the Sun is not able to shine her light into the repulsive crevices of humanity? When, with all the goodwill in the world, we cannot keep the children safe, or the forests intact. What happens when the rivers are polluted irreversibly, and we can hear the land groan: barren and toxic? And the people have lost their savings, their homes and their communities… Then… the Dark shall do what Light cannot.

Pera is fictional, a place where we can see the effect of novel attempts to deal with rights and responsibilities. But Pera is also real; it is the old name of historic Istanbul and means ‘the other side’.

the Dark shall do what Light cannot is published today by Elsewhen Press in a digital edition in all popular eBook formats. It will be published in a paperback edition in the summer.

Notes for Editors

About Sanem Ozdural

Sanem OzduralSanem Ozdural was born in Ankara, Turkey in the 70s, and spent her childhood from age seven onwards in England. Happy days at a quintessentially British boarding school in Surrey helped forge her character and tastes, not to mention lasting friendships. Making her way to the U.S. she studied economics at Princeton University. After graduating from Boston University School of Law, she moved to New Orleans where she practiced as a prosecutor and civil litigator, and spent seven wonderful years living in the French Quarter.

In 2004 she migrated from New Orleans via Washington, D.C., reaching New York City in 2006, where she lived and practiced law until 2013. She is now teaching business law at Koç University in Istanbul. Sanem was an avid bridge player until the tenth round of revisions to her debut novel, LiGa™ which was published by Elsewhen Press in 2012. She is now thoroughly enjoying an indefinite bridge sabbatical, and has been imagining all sorts of stories that feature absolutely no bridge or chess.

 

The Darkened Sky

With the arrival of the Winter Solstice, it seems appropriate to share this poem from Sanem Ozdural. It is taken from the Book of Shadow, a collection of stories, poems, songs, sayings that are attributed to Shadow. Who is Shadow? Shadow is the soul of Pera. Where is Pera? It is the most beautiful, vibrant, free place you could ever know. But it is completely hidden behind the Light Veil. No one from this world can see beyond the Veil, nor can they cross it. No one, that is, apart from the occupants of a very special ship called the Flying Fish captained by the formidable Patron. To find out more about Patron, the Flying Fish, Pera and especially Shadow you’ll need to read Sanem Ozdural’s new book the Dark shall do what Light cannot, the second book in the LiGa series, which will be published by Elsewhen Press next Spring. In the meantime just enjoy The Darkened Sky:

Continue reading “The Darkened Sky”

The making of… the Dark shall do what Light cannot by Sanem Ozdural

Artwork: Alison Buck
Artwork: Alison Buck

Over on the Upcoming4.me website, Sanem Ozdural has written a powerful article for their Story behind the Story feature about her next book the Dark shall do what Light cannot. From the start of her career as a trial attorney the need for this story was becoming clear to her. In the colourful and wonderful setting of Pera, a place behind the Light Veil, we (along with some of the characters from Sanem’s debut novel LiGa™) discover Sun and Twilight, Light and Dark and what happens when the Dark shall do what Light cannot.

You can read Sanem’s article here.