Enlightenment: The Bathala Series, Book 1
Author: Reno Ursal
When Dorothy Dizon meets the mysterious Adrian Rosario and his alluring knowledge of Filipino history, her life takes an unchartered detour. Dorothy's true calling is connected to the hidden history of the Philippines, but Adrian reveals little to keep her safe from enemies of his blood-eating secret society. Together, they experience an impassioned journey that tests their beliefs, their choices ultimately affecting the people they love, leading to the brink of a new enlightenment. Enlightenment, Book One of The Bathala Series explores the forgotten history of the Philippines through first-person perspectives of Filipino characters who live on the opposite sides of the truth.
Reno Ursal grew up in Rogers City, Michigan and received a B.A. in English from The University of Michigan. The son of Filipino immigrants who worked in the small Northern Michigan town as doctors, Reno found refuge in reading English classics written by Shakespeare, Jules Verne, C.S. Lewis and Mark Twain. After college, he moved to the SF Bay Area and worked for indie music label Classified Records before starting his family. He and his wife settled in Mountain House, California where he is the high school girls Varsity basketball coach. He started writing The Bathala Series in Mountain House, inspired by his niece's life story. His Filipino American writer's voice is new in Young Adult paranormal fiction, a voice representing thousands of Filipinos living in the shadows of America. Knowing that the Fil-Am population is not a monolith, The Bathala Series combines the forgotten pre-Spanish history of the Philippines with modern-day elements of the Young Adult paranormal genre. Enlightenment is Book One in a series that exposes the beautiful folklore of the Philippines to YA readers.
- Paperback: 294 pages
- ISBN: 978-0-9844408-1-8
- Publisher: Pacific Boulevard (2019)
- Language: English