Middle Grade Fantasy
Distributed by Itasca Book Distribution
Cost: $5.99 (for the entire e-book series)
George and Vera Detzler live at the very edge of a dark forest that children are not allowed into. They live with their mother, who forces the children to cry every night, and with the help of a special machine, turns their tears into a special salt that she sells for drinking money. When Vera runs away with a strange boy from the forest, George learns that she may be part of a dangerous plot to bring magic back into the world. George finally finds her, and together the two must journey home – each step of the way more dangerous than the last. They must confront evil spirits, a monstrous wolf, and ultimately, the Salt Machine itself, if they want to survive.
“And In Their Passing, Darkness: The Salt Machine pulls the reader into a dark, mesmerizing new world, pushing its young central characters into an unsettling world filled with trouble, beauty, and, above all else, magic. Smeiding writes with a clear, discerning eye and much heart. You will be transported.”
-David Oppegaard, author of The Ragged Mountains & The Suicide Collectors