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Amantos - To Paradise and Back

Eva Laurenson

The new urban fantasy by Author Eva Laurenson tells a bittersweet tale about love that transcends lifetimes and introduces an enigmatic array of characters from the childish to the stoic, from the tragic to the despicable, but in the end all have to find their own way in the afterlife.


This heart-warming fantasy takes you to the shores of the River Styx and beyond, where ancient heroes used to pass lion-hearted adventures, and unassuming baker Nepomuk is now adamant to wait for the love of his past life.

The title gives a promise to all the star-crossed lovers - I/you will love in Esperanto - and so Nepomuk's adventures in the afterlife bring laughter and tears, but above all hope to the reader.


Death is not the end of it


Nepomuk wakes up in a strange place. Millions upon millions of people around him are drawn towards a river, but Nepomuk is not like the others. After figuring out that he is in fact dead, he refuses to move on without his wife. Not knowing how long he would have to wait and how to find her, he rebuilds their bakery from memory as a beacon. This little wonky bakery shop attracts a congregation of deceased who revel in the seemingly endless possibilities that this desert plain offers. Nepomuk begins to understand that Paradise and Hell are separated only by the life that has shaped them, but will he find his wife amongst the dead?

Book Details

  • Publisher: Eva Laurenson
  • Publish Date: Sep 1st, 2022
  • Pages: 226
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.00in - 6.00in - 0.63in - 1.11lb
  • EAN: 9780645339697
  • Categories: Fantasy - Urban
Praise for this book

Amantos by Eva Laurenson is a remarkable and endearing fantasy novel demonstrating the impermanence of material wealth and the permanence of true love. A thoroughly enjoyable read from an outstanding, imaginative, and insightful author.


On the surface, "Amantos" is a gentle read about one man's experience of the afterlife... Deeper down, it's so much more. I think this is one of those rare books where every reader will take something different away from the story.


This was a thoroughly beautiful read, perhaps a bit sad at times when dwelling on human nature. What we can imagine is one of our greatest gifts.