“The Savior of Norfolk” by Nathan J. Edmundson has been released worldwide. This 356-page young adult fantasy novel follows 15-year-old Stephen Benson who lives a dual life as an outcast in one world and a hero in another. In the “regular” world, young Stephen is listless, contemplating the futility of existence, and worried about mounting political tensions in his hometown of Norfolk, but when he is mysteriously transported to the fantastical world of King’s Island, everything changes.
Discovering that his best friend Casey has apparently been killed, still reeling from the strange experience and questioning his sanity, Stephen’s life only becomes more complicated as he continues to slip into the alternate world. There, he encounters strange, animal-human hybrid creatures – including Dulcé, a little girl with the body of a penguin – and learns that he may be the only hope for both saving King’s Island and stopping the dark force plaguing the people of Norfolk.
With tight action, a fascinating premise, and dynamic characters that contemplate universal questions about death, loss, and finding meaning, the novel draws readers into a rich world of fantasy that remains anchored in relatable struggles. As Stephen’s journey progresses, larger themes of choosing life and fulfilling a greater purpose emerge.
These strong allegorical elements are driven by compelling mystery as Stephen uncovers more and more details about the unseen forces pursuing him in both worlds, as well as the emotional depth of the characters as they navigate fear, devastation, and hopelessness.
Drawing on his background in psychology, Christian theology, and personal experiences with depression to add vivid detail to the characters’ experiences and the novel’s overarching themes, Edmundson has crafted a fantastic novel that appeals to broad audiences, particularly young adults searching for their place in the world.
The Savior of Norfolk (ISBN: 9781961532786 / 9781961532793) can be purchased through retailers worldwide, including Barnes and Noble and Amazon. The paperback retails for $23.99, and the ebook retails for $2.99. Review copies and interviews are available upon request.
From the back cover:
A vanishing boy, human-animal hybrids, and the grisly murder of one’s peers are a lot to handle. Existing in two worlds, being hunted by your town’s killer, and nearly dying every day doesn’t make it any easier. For 15-year-old Stephen Benson, all of this has become normal, managing one life as a town outcast and another as a fantasy land hero. Hopeless and depressed, will he overcome his inner demons and the outer evil hounding his spirit? Will he listen to the child-penguin fairy? Will he save the girl he loves and prevent the slaughter of more teens?
The Savior of Norfolk is set in the not-too-distant future when America has been divided by political and ideological hate. It is a fresh take on understanding the purpose of existence and suffering and wrestles with a spiritual understanding of reality.
About the author:
Nathan Edmundson has lived in many states throughout his lifetime but is currently residing in Tyler, Texas and hopes to stay put. When not writing, he works as a psychologist and enjoys nutrition and fitness, traveling, spending time with friends and family, serving with his church, and eating at restaurants where he hasn’t yet visited.
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