Last Light Falling: The Covenant, Book I

Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy

By Jay Plemons

Publisher : Dog Ear Publishing

ABOUT Jay Plemons

Jay Plemons
Jay Plemons’ life is nothing short of ordinary. From an aspiring chef, carpenter, educator, musician, husband, and father, nothing ever seems too busy when adding yet another hat into the mix as a fiction novelist. With a degree in music business, and a minor in English from Middle Tenne More...


If your fate has already been chosen for you, would you change it? Fifteen-year-old Arena Power blindly accepts her destiny in a world filled with tragedy, chaos, and a lingering wickedness that will tempt every man's soul until the last days on Earth. Set in the United States in the year 2053, America, like most of the world, has undergone catastrophic earthquakes, famine, and an economic collapse, which has rendered the nation hopeless. It has turned to other nations, like Russia and China, to help restore what was once a world power. Unfortunately, the new America has grossly caused civil unrest that will eventually be the precursor to a much bigger war of biblical proportions.

Orphaned at the age of nine, Arena and her twin brother, Gabe, have learned to rely on each other through the toughest times. Not only do they share the same birthday and the tragic loss of their parents, they both have a birthmark on the back of their necks in the shape of a crucifix. This is only but a small sign of the destiny that will follow. On their fifteenth birthday, they receive a mystery letter and key from their estranged Uncle Finnegan. This key will unlock their fate, and it will be up to a priest, who has vowed to protect them since birth, to unfold the layers of their destiny-to undo the evil that has spoiled the world, and to help unleash God's wrath upon those who have turned from Him in the last days of history.

Last Light Falling weaves righteousness with evil, treachery with truth, and shows just how far the will of man can survive on faith alone. Arena and Gabriel's fate will determine that course of history for which has already been written. They were not born to save the world; they were chosen to prepare it for the final days.

Last Light Falling was originally planned to be a comic book series, but it was quickly shelved when I realized two years ago how much I had written about the back-story of the characters. It only seemed natural to try and write it into a novel. I had no idea that I would be creating a four book series. Now that I've almost completed book III, I have decided to bring the series back into the comic book world. I'm currently negotiating a deal with an amazing artist working for Marvel, to recreate this epic story into a world of linear expressive art. This first person narrative is told through the eyes of fifteen year old Arena Power, who has been struggling to let go of the tragic loss of her parents when she was nine. Though it often haunts her, she manages to keep a small emotional distance from the jaded past and tries to embrace the comforts of her foster family and her twin brother, Gabriel, when she can. Descendants of Irish vigilantes, both Arena and Gabriel have been chosen to carry on a small legacy through their bloodlines to which they have been hidden from. But if they are to survive in a world brewing with relentless war, they must accept their fate and continue a covenant that was started by their grandfather, Connor McManus—one of the original Boondock Saints. Though it's not easy living in a period of history we cannot fathom today, Arena, like many others left on earth didn't ask to be born into a world where tragedy has become a common reality. Her destiny lies beyond the last days. Instead of driving too heavily on the big story, I've tried focusing more on the main character, hoping that the layers of the plot will gradually unfold until the last book. This is very much a character driven story and focuses on the raw emotions this young girl has had to endure, but it also uncovers the layers of common struggles we see in our lives today. Whether or not it's aimed to prod into controversy or provoke questions rather than answers, this series has led me to shed more light on my own convictions. So, if you're looking for zombies to take over the world in this apocalyptic series, then don't read my novels, because you won't find it, except for maybe a cultural reference from time to time. I tried hard to go against the grain when writing this series hoping to extinguish every apocalyptic cliché and typical publishing writing structure and or standard that's expected. Writing is an art, not a template for cookie-cutter stories and characters. My characters are actually based on my own children, names and personalities. My nine year old daughter is so close to Arena, it makes me feel sorry for any guy that dates her. If you truly want to get inside my head, then you must read this story because much of it is based on my personal experiences. I won't tell you what is real or what is embellished, and you really don't want to know.