With THE SONG OF SAM, readers are given their first glimpse into the mind of Sam, the angel-in-training who first appeared in THE BOOK OF BART. While Sam recruited the demon to help her find the Shard of Gabriel, which grants anyone holding it the wisdom of God, that story was told through Bartholomew's point-of-view. His personality was so large, and with such pointed views on Heaven (and Sam), I felt readers deserved a chance to see the world through her eyes. That impulse was the driving force behind THE SONG OF SAM.
In the story, readers learn that Sam hasn't just been looking for the final piece of Gabriel's Mirror that fell to Earth, but several. The Shard represents the final piece that has yet to be found. Sam has spent a few years searching for the pieces, and finally tracks down the Shard at the North Carolina State Fair. A confrontation with the Black Cloud of Death results in several human deaths, and Sam comes to realize she isn't strong enough to complete this quest on her own.
In pursuit of the Shard of Gabriel, a relic that grants the holder omnipotence, angel-in-training Samantha comes face-to-face with the Black Cloud of Death in this exciting prequel to Ryan Hill's debut novel, THE BOOK OF BART.
Growing up, Ryan Hill used to spend his time reading and writing instead of doing homework. This resulted in an obsession with becoming a writer, but also a gross incompetence in the fields of science and mathematics. A graduate of North Carolina State University, Ryan has been a film critic for over five years. He lives in Raleigh, NC, with his dog/shadow Maggie. Ryan also feels strange about referring to himself in the third person.
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