“A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone.”
- Jo Goodwin
This book is intended for adult audiences and is not suitable for readers under 18 years of age.
Your mental health matters.
This book contains content that may not be suitable for all readers, including, but not limited to: blood, gore, and death, gratuitous violence, torture, explicit sexual thoughts and scenes, reincarnation, alcohol use, mention of drug use, vampirism, soul groups, fantastical romanticization of the nephilim, psychic activity, elemental magic, decapitation, implied suicide, death of a loved one, mention of rape, hostage situation, panic attacks, demonic ceremony, possession and exorcism, resurrection, christian themes, prayers, and religious traditions, anti-religious rhetoric and discussion, and eternal mates/ideals that mimic purity culture…
If any of the listed elements may negatively impact your mental health, thank you for considering Commanding Flame and Shield, and deciding instead to honor your own well being.
Grayshell came to me in a dream in 2009, and in the more than decade since, the visions of this world poured out and solidified into life and color, and I’m so grateful they’re finally on paper.
The characters in this book are predominately (though not exclusively) Christian, and while they’re incredibly flawed people, who love and make mistakes like the rest of us, they make a valiant effort to fight for that paradigm, all while other characters, the world and their circumstances challenge their faith. Some religious themes are naturally interwoven in their world (they are half angel, after all).
If you have religious trauma, know that we do too, but this piece of them was so integral it had to stay. I know how deeply those wounds can go, and did my best not to allow my own history with church hurt to overshadow the adventure of their world.
That being said, throughout the Grayshell series, we will also meet clans from all over the world that don’t share this set of beliefs, and come with all of their own flavor, traditions, and natural conflicts. If indulging in a wide variety of beliefs and thought processes isn’t something you’re comfortable with, this series might not be for you.
If, however, your mind is open to watch this wild world, I am pleased to introduce you to the Grayshell Rising series.