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Introducing: Forged by light and fire

Updated: Jan 10

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Long before humans existed, there were creatures of light that moved in the air, and beings of fire who tinted the Creation with shadows of violence and auras of hope. Earth's first inhabitants, the Djinns, started a war that divided them, isolating everything within their reach. The celestial Angels chose one champion to end the war: Azaziel, the strongest djinn. The Angels raised young Azaziel among them, and he has trained to honor the Creation. But, once his destiny is fulfilled and his nature is revealed, will the Angels still favor Azaziel? Will he be loyal to the teachings of his saviors, or become an opponent for the order and harmony that has cost so much? Azaziel’s truth will prevail when the Earth receives its new residents: humans.

“Am I a god or a pretender?”

Beyond the fantastic imagination with which Azaziel's story brings to life the captivating angels and mythological djinns, readers will find themselves faced with dilemmas that move the daily reflections of our times: What happens when, despite giving the best of ourselves, what we believe to deserve is denied from us? Do our actions help some at the price of hurting others? Are we valuable beyond what we do, or is the only testament to our importance in our behavior?

“Amidst the ceaseless onslaught against the King of the Djinns, a new beginning started to unfold.”

This graphic novel will be an exciting topic of conversation for lovers of mythological inventions and for the most philosophical readers. The beauty of its illustrations is an artistic delight that will inspire creatives and poets. Teenagers and adults can approach this world where traditional myths are interwoven to form a tapestry of heavenly landscapes and terrestrial oases. The beginning of the journey through this world of ominous creatures awaits its passengers to take flight through the pages.

Read from the authors themselves their perspectives about the two races that intervene in this universe and the protagonist of the story.

Rommel Ortega take on the angels.

Angels raising Azazil
Angels raising Azazil

According to the ancients, they experienced and seen angels in different forms; these loving and benevolent spirit beings are our spiritual companion wherever we go. Their origins were from the specks of light and were formed ethereal and spiritual. They also had the Creator as the origin of their spiritual composition albeit “inferior” to The Love and to The One.

Angels were created as intelligent beings not rational ones, yet they always chose the good. Though there were those who said that angels, at the beginning of Creation, were asked to serve or not to serve and, who rebelled after learning of the revelation of human creation, his fall and eventual salvation. These angels are battle hardened but indestructible.

From the heights of heaven to the lowest parts of the earth, angels surround every creation in a bid to help them in every way possible. Love and service to the Creator and creation, these are the motivations of angels.

There are many kinds of angels; but most of them, if not all, are warrior angels, that is, they fight the evil forces. From the beginning of the first rebellion, the angels become upholders of everything beautiful, good, and holy.

Stories always reveal humanity and its nature, which is good. The evil the warriors fight against makes us grateful to know that the forces of heaven or of the Creator are fighting for us. The sinful humanity, that is the descendants of Adam and Eve, are not left with nothing but rationality, intelligence, and capacity to love; and with the help of our angels, we learn heaven and the revelations of the Creator.

Be careful and hospitable in entertaining thoughts and ideas; they could be angels in disguise.

April Sabbaluca take on the djinns

We know the reason why we are here. It was that one apple bite that doomed us all. But did it occur to you what pushes it and who motivated the biggest plot twist of humanity? All along, we have been living with creatures we do not see, walking side-by-side with us, bumping unknowingly into one other. Creatures of evil and good nature. Creatures that existed even before humanity itself.

In Islam, there was a belief that humans have been in companion with the djinns since the creation. Concealed and hidden, with protruding horns and hove-like feet, they walk and eat with us, or even whisper to our ears and penetrate our thoughts. The djinns have been keeping an eye on us because they too live on Earth, here in the lower realm. Although made from fire, they are free thinkers—just like us, propelled by love, greed, and power. They are the true occupants of this land. But what has happened to them? Why do they lurk in our shadows?

This story is a tale of peace and rebellion, of faith and doubt. The djinns may be the answer as to why Eve has done what she was told not to do. They may whisper to us our greatest question "Why is there evil and sin?" This story will satisfy your hunger—for answers.

Ranica Meralpis take on Azazil

Azazil, once a forsaken nameless war orphan, is a testament to the power of fate and divine intervention. His noble clan had fallen to the tyrannical rule of King Jann Ibn Jann, leaving him alone and without hope. However, at the moment of his mother's passing, destiny intervened. The Angel of Death, Aizra'iel, and the divine garden's angels handpicked Azazil to be their chosen one - a djinn raised to be their champion, tasked with ending the tyrant's reign once and for all. Truly, the heavens themselves seemed to have conspired to create a hero out of the unlikeliest of circumstances.

With unyielding determination and a deep understanding of the art of war and strategy, Azazil dedicated himself to mastering the virtues bestowed upon him by the angels. He emerged victorious, earning a revered place among the council of angels. Though not an angel himself, he embodies the virtues of these divine beings with unparalleled grace. Azazil is not only a formidable warrior, but also a devout servant of the Creator, whose unwavering faith inspires all who cross his path.

Azazil's greatest challenge yet came when he was pitted against the tyrant king Jan ibn Jann. The stakes were high, and the fate of the realm hung in the balance. Azazil knew that he had to defeat the tyrant and bring peace to the land. He worked tirelessly towards this goal for years, and he achieved much. The djinns and the angels hailed him as a hero and a savior. However, just when everything seemed to be going well with Azazil, a prophecy emerged that threatened to unravel all his glory and undo all his hard work.

Healing rain in a world of long-lasting war.
Healing rain in a world of long-lasting war.

“I’m created from the crucible of fire… Why would I bow down to the ones created out of mud?”

Enter the world of angels and djinns. Meet Azaziel, champion of the angels. Find out the role that his presence will play for heavenly lands, for humanity, and all of Creation. Let us show you a new, never-before-seen version of the stories that have haunted great writers like Neil Gaiman, legendary painters like Alexandre Cabanel, and people from ages past and present. Whether you have enjoyed reading The Thousand and One Nights or if you got excited watching Constantine, this new fiction will become one of your favorites.

The first production of PepperBerry (Forged by light and fire) results from the collaboration of writers and illustrators from different parts of the world, who believe it is possible to tell new stories that excite and intrigue the public, capturing their eagerness to live this adventure together. By downloading these novels to your devices, you can browse their pages whenever and wherever you are, to rediscover this magical world and its characters that live among us, hiding in our imagination and beliefs. The entire team of this independent publishing house will be grateful for your purchase, which will support our creatives to continue developing narratives for you.

Cover of the digital version of Forged by light and fire
The first episode of a colossal story

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