We are the children of the Dark Prophets…
Filled with monsters, magic and mystery, Ruins is the thrilling second instalment of the critically-acclaimed Sentinel Trilogy.
In his desperate search for answers about the Sentinels, an ancient society of demon hunters that his parents belonged to, fifteen-year-old Nicholas Hallow is tipped into a fresh nightmare of terrifying monsters – and even more sinister humans – which threaten to send the world spiralling into chaos. Can Nicholas track down the mysterious girl who holds the key to their fate?
“Ruins is all about going darker, deeper, weirder. Everybody learns something new about themselves – and they won’t necessarily like it!” – Joshua Winning
What can you tell us about Ruins?
Well, it’s bigger, more action-packed and more emotional than Sentinel. There are more scary demons and some even scarier humans. Nicholas really gets put through the wringer this time. And a certain red-haired witch might make a return…
Was it difficult to write?
It was even harder than writing the first book! I had some pretty big ideas I wanted to incorporate into Ruins, and it was a real test of my abilities. I had to juggle both old and new characters, plus monsters, explaining the Sentinel mythology and setting up further mysteries for the trilogy. There were many headaches but it all worked out in the end.
Was there anything you had to cut?
So much! Part of the challenge with Ruins was condensing all my random ideas into something coherent. I had so many things I wanted to do, but I had to be strict with myself about what was right for the story. At one point I cut out an entire subplot about a Sentinel faction that was complicating things in a bad way. There was even a little bit of time travel that I decided was just too confusing!
How does Nicholas change in this part of the story?
He’s had to grow up fast and he’s constantly trying to keep up with all the weird stuff going on around him. It’s in his nature to question things, though, and Ruins sees him uncovering some pretty painful truths. His powers also develop and he gets his own Sentinel mission, which was really exciting to write!
What People Are Saying About Ruins
“I loved this young adult novel and appreciated how all the plot twists and complicated story line turned out.” – Guardian Children’s Books
“Charges from one intense situation to another. This is a cracking filling for what has the potential to be a very tasty trilogy.” – SciFi Now
“The feeling of urgency present in book one feels like it has increased exponentially.” – The Eloquent Page
“Fantastic, gripping, action packed thriller! There is not a dull moment in this book.” – Wall-To-Wall Books
“An immersive read detailing an intriguing world that is wonderfully written.” – Culture Fly
“Ruins hits the ground running with a mysterious fire and builds the excitement with every page.” – The Big Book Project
“A fast paced adventure that blows your mind faster than you can turn the pages.” – I Had A Blog Once
“The second half drew me in with so many twists I honestly didn’t see coming.” – That’ll Be The Books
“Winning continues his captivating blend of magic and folklore.” – World Student Magazine