Only those who reject destiny shall incur their wrath.
In the urban sprawl of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, ten strangers are being brought together. . . An old soul looking for his place in the universe. A fiery spirit that never dims. A willful outcast following her heart. Two British brothers avoiding responsibility. A trans runaway searching for hope. A wandering orphan with a secret. A disillusioned journalist studying the supernatural. A Botswanan minister with hidden knowledge. And a mysterious psychic with an innocent smile. . . As this found family unites, it seems serendipity may finally heal their collective pain.
But behind these fated meetings lurks a sinister agenda.
Elusive and otherworldly beings dubbed the Fates have endowed the ten with supernatural abilities. Incredible at first, the ten soon realize there’s just one catch—the loss of their free will. As some lose their minds to these overwhelming new powers, the ten find themselves pitted against each other, forced into a deadly game with humanity’s future at stake.
What does fate permit us to do? Are we a product of choice or design? In this urban fantasy adventure, the ten must resist the will of destiny if they wish to carve their own paths. Armed only with camaraderie, they will discover if the strength of their choice is enough to prevent the looming, catastrophic future thrust upon them.
Divine Death is the first installment of a four-part new adult epic that combines mystical science fiction with contemporary fantasy in an inclusive and diverse tale of romance, magic, and mystery. Perfect for fans of Six of Crows and The Cruel Prince, these compelling characters will steal your heart and leave you eager for more.
Begin the saga today.
“TEN: Part 1 is one of those books that will blow you away. [It] was a fantastic read with a great plotline and characters that blew my socks off. ☆☆☆☆☆”Jolie, Read With Me Blog
“What I feel is the strongest and easily most enjoyable element is the diversity of the characters at play. LGBTQ+ representation isn’t linked to a single token figure, nor is it the primary trait of said characters. It allows the interplay and relationships of the protagonists to develop authentically.”Sam Jowett, author of Cynthia Silver
“[The book] rather reads like poetry than prose, weaving in gorgeous and haunting imageries of darkness and of gloom and of morbidity but also of light and of vibrancy and of laughter; Sin Ribbon experiments with and subverts language in imaginative, revolutionary ways and does it so expertly.”Nadia Gerassimenko, editor of Moonchild Magazine
“TEN: Part 1 is an utterly intriguing novel. While the narrative at large sets up the stage for a grand and fantastical conflict between the various members of the cast […], it also explores the much more personal and human conflict of trauma.”Harrison Donellan
“An amazing book with so many lovable characters. I was afraid with so many characters some might get lost in the shuffle but every character is awesome. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.“Zane Desjarlais
“Really enjoyed this book. Took it with me on vacation and couldn’t put it down till I was done. Very interesting characters, plot keeps you hooked, and can’t wait for more.”Michael O’Brien
“[The characters] have wonderful chemistry and voices that I can’t get enough of! If you like urban fantasy with dashes of horror and darkness, then you’ll love this book, too.”Cheyenne Bramwell
“The characters are well developed, the story is gripping, and the relationships they develop are dynamic and interesting. Sin Ribbon has done her research to make the characters believable and varied.“Erik Runkel
“The characters are swiftly introduced and not overwhelming, and the book is a quick page-turner. Looking forward to seeing more from author and incredible artist Sin Ribbon.”Leah Rachel, While Reading and Walking Blog
About the Series
Every mind is a universe. Be careful what you let in...
Centered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Ten of Destiny series is a four-book, urban fantasy tale of mystical intrigue, destiny and choice, and a found family carving their place in the world. It explores the philosophical concepts of free will and determinism.
de·ter·min·ism the doctrine that all events, including human action, are ultimately determined by causes external to the will
I grew up reading manga and playing RPGs, especially Final Fantasy, so I take a lot of inspiration from that style of storytelling. Ten of Destiny came about after asking myself, "Why would characters that receive supernatural powers easily accept them? What if destiny forced them to take a path they didn't want?" Stories like Narnia and X/1999 got me thinking about that, and so Ten of Destiny was born.
However, the focus of this story lies in its characters. I created a wide, diverse cast because it seemed appropriate that people deciding the fate of humanity should come from different parts of the globe. Different identities and cultures offer unique perspectives. Ten characters is a lot to juggle, but making these characters memorable and individualistic has been my central goal. So much of my soul went into giving them voice and making them grounded and relatable. I wanted to share the struggle of overcoming trauma while providing hope in healing. I'm sure among these ten characters, you'll find someone you resonate with.
Divine Death was originally titled TEN: Part 1 (released Feb 2019). In Oct 2020, the second edition of Part 1 was re-released as Divine Death.
1) Divine Death
2) Forlorn Famine [releases Dec 2020]
Urban Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Action & Adventure, New Adult, LGBT, elements of Thriller and Romance
The Ten of Destiny Series is suitable for most readers aged 13 and up (using the ESRB rating system as reference). It contains adult situations, infrequent strong language, and mild violence.
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