Grounded for All Eternity (Hardcover)
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“A rollicking adventure of fallen angel kids experiencing a fall greater torment than the hell they call home — being stuck on earth. Humorous and heartful, with queer representation.”
— S. Kitty Garza, Bards Alley, Vienna, VA
A group of kids from hell come to Earth on one of the craziest nights of the year—Halloween—in this “entertaining, high-octane” (Kirkus Reviews) middle grade adventure about teamwork, friendship, shattering expectations, and understanding the world (or otherworld) around us.
Malachi and his friends are just your regular average kids from hell. The suburbs that is, not the fiery pit part. But when Hell’s Bells ring out—signaling that a soul has escaped from one of the eternal circles, Mal and his friends can’t help but take the opportunity for a little adventure.
Before they know it, they’ve somehow slipped through the veil and found themselves in the middle of Salem, Massachusetts, on Halloween night. And what’s even worse, they’ve managed to bring the escaped soul with them! As the essence of one of history’s greatest manipulators gains power by shifting the balance on Earth, Mal and his squad-mates—along with some new friends that they meet along the way—work desperately to trap the escapee, save the people of Earth from the forces of evil, and find the portal back to their own dimension.
If they can’t manage it before their parents realize they’re gone, they’ll be grounded for an eternity. And an eternity in hell is a very, very long time.
About the Author
Darcy Marks is a Second Degree Black Belt in Kempo-JuJitsu, as well as a Black Belt in Arnis, the Filipino art of stick-fighting. She teaches women’s self-defense and works as a forensic toxicologist. Darcy is a mother of three is and an avid fangirl living in northern Vermont. Visit her online at DarcyMarks.com.
"Dark fantasy collides with Dante-esque imagery in debut author Marks’s nail-biting occult adventure, in which a fateful act of rebellion strands an adolescent group of literal hell’s angels on Earth . . . a breakneck plot, rousing fight scenes, and light romance drive this action-forward fantasy with a unique premise."
— --Publishers Weekly
"This is an entertaining, high-octane story that moves with the speed of a bat out of...you know where. Fast-paced and amusing."
— --Kirkus Reviews
"Marks's thrilling debut includes edgy, subversive themes and perspectives that blend seamlessly with history and classic tropes. The atmospheric and haunting Grounded for All Eternity is a thrill that lasts long past Halloween."
— --Kyla Paterno, freelance reviewer