Deborah L. Davitt

Deborah Davitt was born at an Army hospital in Washington state in 1974, but spent the first twenty-two years of her life in Reno, Nevada.

She graduated first in her class from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 1997, and took her BA in English Literature with a strong focus on medieval and Renaissance literature. In 1999, she received an MA in English from Penn State. Since then, she has taught composition, rhetoric, and technical writing, and created technical documentation on topics ranging from nuclear submarines to NASA’s return to flight  ...See more >


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"... readers excited by a tour of this highly imaginative world will thoroughly enjoy the ride"

Kirkus Reviews


AWARDS, PRESS & INTERESTS

Midwest Book Review (Review of The Goddess Denied), 2015

Revolution Science Fiction (Review of The Goddess Denied), 2015

Midwest Book Review (Review of The Valkyrie), 2014

Hometown Houston, TX

Favorite author Terry Pratchett

Favorite book Galilee, by Clive Barker

Favorite line from a book ". . . any gift that cannot be thrown away is not a gift but a trap." --Tad Williams & "We took him and baked him in the fire, and he's turned out to be free. No words in his head except the ones he's chosen to put there himself." --Terry Pratchett


BOOKS REVIEWED BY KIRKUS:

SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
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From debut author Davitt comes an epic novel based on a surviving Roman Empire.

Welcome to Edda-Earth, where magic and technology coexist. The Roman Empire holds power; in fact, rather than B.C. and A.D., dates are noted as BAC and AC: before the ascent of Caesar and after the ascent of Caesar, which separates their calendar from ours by 44 years. Sorcerers are as few as one in 1,000, while members of the Praetorian Guard are revered: “They were the single largest security and intelligence network on the planet, with jurisdiction in any client state or province of the Empire.” As members of the Guard, Adam (originally of the “Judean Defense Forces”) and Sigrun, a “god-touched” Valkyrie, are accustomed to being dispatched to far-off places. When a trend of illegal human sacrifices surfaces in locations throughout the empire, action must be taken, because “it is the policy of Rome…and has been for over fourteen hundred years, to allow subject nations freedom to worship their own gods, but with one caveat: that there will be no human sacrifices.” As Adam and Sigrun combine their talents with others under the direction of Propraetor Antonius Livorus, they must dig through belief systems, hostile groups, and a lingering fear that the end of the world is nigh. Davitt’s ambitious, detailed novel is awash with mythology, culture, and politics. At 800-plus pages, it’s also lengthy and complex, though streaks of action help keep the reader engaged: “His face was almost completely covered by the beast’s great mouth…and her sister lions moved in to tear at his struggling belly.” More than a mere adventure, the story succeeds in tapping into deeper ideas of religious tolerance and pluralism.

Though some may find themselves lost in the vast sea of gods, rituals, violence, and beliefs, readers excited by a tour of this highly imaginative world will thoroughly enjoy the ride.

Davitt (The Goddess Embraced, 2015, etc.), the author of The Saga of Edda-Earth novels, begins a new fantasy series about the “god-born” son of Caesar and Cleopatra.

Fifteen years ago, Julius Caesar survived an attempt on his life in Rome’s Senate Chamber. He made Cleopatra of Egypt his empress, and now their son, Caesarion, is the 18-year-old embodiment of Mars on Earth. When Caesar dies quietly in bed, however, those with plans to unseat the Julii family strike. Chief among them is their scheming cousin, Octavian, who invites Caesarion’s 13-year-old brother, Alexander, to his home at Palatine Hill. There, Octavian suggests that because Caesarion was born out of wedlock, he can’t legally rule, and so Alexander must step up. Though the Julii clan routes Octavian’s machinations, it isn’t without cost; Caesarion removes the illusory magic that hides his nigh-invincible god-form from mortal eyes. Later, Caesarion chases down the rebel families who might do the Julii harm (the Servilius, Tillius, and Cassius clans), traveling with soldiers down the Italian peninsula to Brundisium. He also brings along his reserved 13-year-old sister, Eurydice. As the bloody campaign proceeds, she displays the ability to see through the eyes of birds like hawks and owls, which proves indispensable when scouting the enemy’s placements. Davitt takes these two superpowered siblings on a grand, satisfying arc in the first novel of a new series. Although it isn’t initially apparent, the romance that blossoms between them—in the Egyptian tradition of sibling lovers Osiris and Isis—is a well-crafted thread that moves through a plot that covers about three years. Davitt’s clever prose is historically and culturally informative, as when readers learn that “An adult male could also enjoy a younger man, according to the Hellene ideal.” She also writes politically grounded lines about Roman rule in an alternate past filled with dragons and magic, such as when Caesarion tells Alexander, “The problem, brother, isn’t conquering the world. It’s holding it.” Overall, Davitt marries a fantastic amount of detail to her irresistible wit and superior characterization, resulting in a winning series launch.

A scorching alternate-history adventure packed with romance and fantasy action.

ADDITIONAL WORKS AVAILABLE:

THE GODDESS DENIED
Science fiction & Fantasy

Disbelieve memory. Discard evidence. Deny the truth. Mysteries deepen as a cursed valkyrie investigates the source of her condition, a young woman goes missing, and monsters are reported in the lands of the north. Lindworms, jotun, and ettin have been seen, along with wolves the size of horses. Surely, this means Ragnarok is at hand. And yet, it's not just the gods who are making trouble. Groups like Potentia ad Populum and the Carthaginian Liberation Party take radical steps to throw off the yoke of Rome. . . and bring the power of the gods into every mortal hand. Rejoin Sigrun Caetia, Adam ben Maor, Trennus Matrugena, Kanmi Eshmunazar, and Minori Sasaki in the world of Edda-Earth. They'll gain new allies, such as the enigmatic dragon, Niðhoggr. Make new enemies. Confront prophecy. And realize, in the end, that you can't deny your true nature forever . . . .

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ISBN: 978-0-9860916-0-5
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THE GODDESS EMBRACED
Science fiction, fantasy, alternate history

From sacrifice . . . glory. Starless skies will swim with smoke Born of the fire of a fallen earth Wyrms will writhe over the welkin The spirits of darkness will swallow whole Every creature, every spirit, every god. Yet every end brings new beginnings New gods arise, and some old are forgiven. This world will die. But Naglfar will carry us home. Ragnarok is at hand. The gods fight one another, and while humans are caught in the crossfire, their hands are hardly clean, as nation fights nation for resources and survival. Sigrun, Trennus, Minori, Adam, Lassair, Saraid, Niðhoggr, and their allies must rely on the words of the Firebringer to try to break the back of prophecy, and avert the end of the world. But questions remain. Will Adam allow prophecy to consume him, and break all bonds of friendship and kin? Will Sigrun walk her dark road alone, at the end of time? Or can destiny be shattered?

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ISBN: 978-0-9860916-1-2
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The Saga of Edda-Earth