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Forlorn Series, Book Four


YA Supernatural, YA Fantasy, YA Christian Fantasy

Release Date: March 29, 2022


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After thousands of years imprisoned in the Abyss, the fallen angels known
as the Watchers are on the loose. Jared Lorn and Grace Fortune have also
escaped from prison, but all they want to do is get home to their family.
Dark forces conspire against them, and soon they find themselves on a
perilous journey to the Other Side, the spiritual realm.


They must battle the Watcher Samyaza and his cohorts to escape, not knowing
that the leader of the Watchers, Azazel, has taken control of the real world
and subjugated all nations to his will. Soon they must join the few that are
left standing against this worldwide evil, those that have not given in,
known as the Forbidden.

Other Books in the Forlorn Series


Forlorn Series, Book One


Bad luck seems to follow Grace Fortune wherever she goes. She was orphaned
at a young age, and her musical talent got her accepted to a prestigious
school for the arts, where she was caught in the middle of horrific school
shooting that nearly takes her life.




Forlorn Series, Book Two

He was forsaken but not forgotten.



Forlorn Series, Book Three

Jared Lorn’s secret is about to be unleashed.




Chapter One



Well, it’s been a day.

I woke up this morning a prisoner in a castle tower.

In Switzerland.


I managed to escape through a stone shaft that might have been a medieval
toilet. I searched the whole castle until I found him, my husband Jared,
chained up in an actual dungeon—seriously—dying from gunshot
wounds that weren’t healing.

Darwin Speer did that. Inventor. Genius. Billionaire. Megalomaniac.

I thought Jared was going to die in my arms. But then I sang, and he
started to heal.

God did that.

And then Rael, who’s a Nephilim and looks like a giant man-lizard,
got loose and broke a hole in the castle wall, and we escaped, crossed a
lake, in which I almost drowned, and ran up a mountain before the whole
world blew up.

Well, that’s the gist of it. Am I going too fast?

At the moment, I am lying on the rocky patch of ground under a tree, trying
to breathe through the gurgling in my lungs as the earth trembles violently
under me. It’s louder than a crashing plane, louder than anything I
can even imagine. Metaphors fail me. I’m pretty sure the world is
about to end any second now.

Something blocks the sun shining in my eyes. Rael. All nine feet of
reptilian humanoid. Despite the scaly, greenish skin and a skull sloped like
the hood of a Volkswagen, he’s got a very beautiful, very human face
which always freaks me out a little. His muscular shoulders and sides are
covered in ugly stumps where Darwin Speer’s scientists did their
grisly work, amputating the graceful tentacles that once adorned his body
like angel wings. One of his hands is missing—he chewed it off to get
free of his chains.

Rael saved my life, but right now I’m pretty sure he wants to end it.
He leans over me, his mouth falling open to reveal sharp white teeth,
electric blue eyes boring into mine, his breath heavy on my neck. I try to
scramble away from him, but a stabbing pain catches me in my ribs. I cry out
as he reaches toward me with his one good hand, and I notice the perfection
of his long, elegant fingers—six of them—thin and pointed like
talons. A low growl escapes his throat—he is more purely animal after
the torture he has endured.


The finger is almost upon my cheek when it freezes in midair. Jared pushes
the giant arm away, wet hair pale as snow falling into crystal blue eyes. In
some bizarre way, they look alike, these two. The black hoodie of
Jared’s captivity hangs off him in ragged strips, revealing the
puckered skin of healing wounds on his stomach and shoulder.

“Back off.”

Rael, to my surprise, obeys. Jared kneels beside me. “You

“My ribs. I can hardly breathe. What’s happening? Was that an

“The collider blew.”

The collider. The machine in Geneva—Darwin Speer’s Big Bang

“What does that mean, blew?”

“I saw the explosion.”

“You mean a…nuclear explosion?”


“So why aren’t we dead?”

“I think most of the blast went underground. Besides, it’s
pretty far away. But that doesn’t mean we’re out of danger. Can
you walk?”

I try to move, but the pain takes my breath away. “Can you…do

He takes a slow breath and lays his hands gently against my ribcage.
Lightning flickers under his skin. His hands grow very warm—I gasp at
the burning sensation. He pulls away. I breathe deep.


I take another full breath for good measure. I nod.


About the Author

Gina Detwiler was going to be a teacher but then switched to writing so she
didn’t have to get up so early in the morning. She is the author of the YA
Supernatural series FORLORN as well as co-author with Priscilla Shirer of
the bestselling middle-grade fantasy series THE PRINCE WARRIORS. She also
wrote the ULTIMATE BIBLE CHARACTER GUIDE for Lifeway. She lives in Bucks
County, Pennsylvania.


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