Red Death, by award-winning author Jeff Altabef of the Chosen series, is a powerful, sweeping, dark dystopian fantasy that combines medieval lore with magic, betrayal, and unforgettable characters.
Seventeen-year-old Aaliss graduated at the top of her class and now works as a highly trained Guardian. She’s sworn to keep Eden safe from the dangers lingering outside of Eden’s sturdy walls in the land of the Soulless—a medieval world filled with witches, warrior kingdoms, and magic.
Outside Eden, the Red Death reigns over the world. Once infected, no one lives past their early twenties. Wilky, Aaliss’s rather odd younger brother, discovers a cure, but it comes at a cost. The High Priest falsely brands them as traitors, and Aaliss must do what she never expected—run.
Forced to flee the only home they’ve ever known, Aaliss and Wilky plunge into the land of the Soulless. Captured in the wild new world, Aaliss strikes a deal with the surprisingly charming Prince Eamon—the cure for her freedom. Together they search for the ingredients to the cure in a desperate race against time to save the Prince’s brother’s life.
Aaliss is eager to return home and seek revenge against the High Priest, but when her feelings for Prince Eamon tug her deeper into the world of the Soulless, she questions everything she once believed. Are the Soulless so bad? Will she and Wilky fall victim to the Red Death? Or… might Aaliss finally discover, against all odds, what her heart has yearned for all along?
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Jeff Altabef lives in New York with his wife, two daughters, and Charlie the dog. He spends time volunteering at the writing center in the local community college. After years of being accused of “telling stories,” he thought he would make it official. He writes in both the thriller and young adult genres. Fourteenth Colony, a political thriller, was his debut novel. Shatter Point, a thriller, published by Evolved Publishing was his second novel. It won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Best Thriller, Fall 2014.