Returning to the western prairies of Oklahoma and the fair little ghost town of Cloud Chief, Shadowed is the continuing story of Ashe Evans, a shapeshReturning to the western prairies of Oklahoma and the fair little ghost town of Cloud Chief, Shadowed is the continuing story of Ashe Evans, a shapeshifting teenager, and his family and friends. A "paranormal" community, technically, but being surrounded by vampires, werewolves, and other shapeshifters is perfectly normal for Ashe.
Approximately a year has passed since Ashe began discovering his wonderful talents in Bumble, and how he and others of his kind were the target of a conspiracy of murder by outsiders. In Shadowed Ashe's adventures continue as he becomes entangled in the lives of a group of outsiders brought to Cloud Chief by sympathetic government agents in an effort to save their lives.
The group consists of six half-blood children with the potential to develop special abilities, the result of Bright Elemaiyan seeding of their own eggs into the human population on Earth. Along with the six children are their human siblings and parents, scared by events that lead the government to bring the group to Cloud Chief as a refuge against abduction or death by the Bright or Dark Elemaiya. Cloud Chief, due to its special nature as a paranormal community, its location, and the fact that it is essentially hidden from all non-residents by witch's spells, is thought to be the perfect haven for the dwindling group of half-Elemaiyan children.
Little did anyone know how a couple of particularly nasty residents of Cloud Chief would make the newcomers' lives a nightmare! Ashe and his circle do their best to welcome the newcomers, and to make them feel a part of the community. But while the community itself is protected, the towns and area surrounding Cloud Chief become embroiled in the desperate search for the half-blood children by both the Bright and Dark Elemaiya.
At war for ages, the Bright and Dark Elemaiya give no thought to how their self-destructive behavior affects other races. The Bright Elemaiya are only interested in abducting the half-blood children (with their budding paranormal abilities) to press them into service in the war, and the Dark Elemaiya wish only to prevent the Bright Elemaiya from achieving that goal. If that means destroying the half-blood children and their families, and all who aid them, then so be it.
At thirteen years old, Ashe Evans faces the typical struggles of anyone that age, complicated by his special abilities. While his abilities are very useful to the adults in the community who are investigating a string of murders in nearby Cordell, Oklahoma, they also manage to land Ashe in hot water with his parents when he uses them in unsafe or unauthorized ways. He is constantly walking a fine line, trying to balance the use of his power to help his community with the struggle to limit their use for his own personal reasons.
As if his own abilities and those of the rest of the Cloud Chief community (including the newcomers, who are only just discovering what they can do) weren't enough to deal with, Ashe meets someone who is even more powerful! At first skeptical of his new acquaintance's presence, they soon bond in a friendship that serves them well, even though no one but Ashe can see him!
Shadowed does indeed pick up where Bumble left off, with Ashe growing into his paranormal abilities and using them to protect his home and family as best he can. The looming shadow of the embattled Elemaiya who are desperate to either capture or kill Ashe and the other half-blood children, casts an oppressive blanket of death and destruction on the small community of Cloud Chief, Oklahoma. It's up to Ashe to find a way to protect and defend the ones he loves, and to thwart the efforts of the warring sides of the Elemaiya.
This is the second novel in the Blood Destiny series. It continues the un-life of Lissa Beth Workman, an unintentional vampire unlike any you've met bThis is the second novel in the Blood Destiny series. It continues the un-life of Lissa Beth Workman, an unintentional vampire unlike any you've met before. (Lots of "uns" in that sentence. Maybe I should have an un-cola as I write this review, LOL.)
In Blood Passage, Lissa is officially brought into the fold; both vampire and werewolf. She stands at the crossroads helping strengthen the bond between these two powerful and ancient races that have only recently forged a truce that would end the war between them and preserve both their races. It's a fragile truce; yet due to Lissa's unique personality and abilities, she is close with the heads of both races and is so readily accepted that their truce grows into cooperation and trust. The two races work together to hunt down and destroy dissenting factions within their ranks who wish to see the truce destroyed, or who do not wish to conform to vampire or werewolf law.
Lissa is only an honorary werewolf pack member. She's full-blown vampire, however, and having been allowed to live by a narrow vote of the Vampire Council at the end of Blood Wager, she is now under the tutelage of her adopting sire, Merrill, who is responsible for her training and education into the ways of the vampire. During this process she is allowed to continue working with the werewolf Grand Master when needed.
Her abilities continue to emerge, surprising her and her sire, as well as Wlodek, the head of the Vampire Council. She has learned a valuable lesson, however, to keep some of those abilities secret, else she may be deemed too dangerous and sentenced to death. She is thought to only be a vampire female, rare enough as they are, but she is actually a budding Vampire Queen.
Lissa struggles to accept her new un-life, abilities, and knowledge of things she had previously only thought were fantasy. Most difficult of all to tread are the treacherous waters of love and relationships, vastly complicated by her new existence. The weight of so much change so fast makes life difficult for Lissa, to say the least, but also makes fun reading. You’ll fall in love with Lissa just like I did, and become one of her many new supporters within the pages of the Blood Destiny series. Enjoy!...more
This is the first novel in a series, about Lissa Workman, a middle-aged woman thrust into the "unlife" of a vampire after being turned on the very dayThis is the first novel in a series, about Lissa Workman, a middle-aged woman thrust into the "unlife" of a vampire after being turned on the very day her husband passed away. She's turned without any education or help from her assailants, and just left to die. She struggles to adapt to her new situation, resorting to previously undiscovered talents, and refuses to live the stereotypical life of the vampire.
This story is told from a different perspective, and I think the characters are extremely well written. There is an undercurrent of goodness about characters you would normally associate with being evil, and it's a unique take on the genre....more
Blood Rebellion, the seventh book in the Blood Destiny series by Connie Suttle, rises to new heights in the development of the characters, especiallyBlood Rebellion, the seventh book in the Blood Destiny series by Connie Suttle, rises to new heights in the development of the characters, especially Lissa. Having quelled the subversive elements that surrounded her as she ascended to the throne in Blood Queen, Lissa now finds herself discovering even more about her past and her family.
Lissa faces the massive undertaking of creating a new society on the vampire planet, Le-Ath Veronis, from building entirely new cities, establishing representative councils from all of the immigrant settlements, to the incredibly complex management of a newly created monarchy, along with its accompanying palace, wealth, staff, courtiers, sycophants, and handling what appears to be a hostile media.
As daunting as Lissa's new life appears, she is at least able to surround herself with family and friends she trusts, including her mates, and rest assured that many of the most difficult areas needing attention will be handled in ways of which should would approve. During the transition, Lissa continues to develop her relationships with recently introduced family members, including a few she meets in this book. She manages to balance the emotional and physical needs of her mates, but generally only by sacrificing her own time and emotional resources.
The most difficult thing for Lissa appears to me to be maintaining and strengthening her moral center as the mantel of becoming not only a monarch, but one of the most powerful beings in the universes, settles a little shakily upon her shoulders. But her ironclad sense of right and wrong never fails her, guiding her unerringly while making life and death decisions in mere moments, with many of these decisions affecting entire races of beings across the universes. She remains vulnerable and humble, but those around her soon discover what we readers have known for a long time – Lissa has a core of strength that manifests itself in truly royal and majestic ways, proving she is truly the only Vampire Queen.
Her self-esteem and perception of her own self-worth still get a workout, fending off the sometimes (unintentionally) hurtful chastisements at the hands of her inner circle as she struggles to find a way to balance so many critical issues at once. But nowhere is she more tested than when a mate betrays her, albeit not in a conscious effort to undermine her, resulting in yet another emotional blow to Lissa's heart.
In Connie Suttle's continuation of Lissa's story, the personal growth of the characters and the gradual mending of Lissa's emotional health are at their finest. While I enjoy the depth of these developments and find them richly satisfying in their own right, Connie manages to combine them with exciting advancements in the story arc. The devious Ra'Ak plot their return to dominate and destroy the universes, employing unexpected strategies that involve the recently fallen Bright and Dark Elemaiyan races. To battle the Ra'Ak successfully, in league with the Saa Thalarr, Lissa must unravel the mysteries of the Elemaiyan's fascination with, and use of, almost-mythical figures known as the Ka'Mirai and Khos'Mirai, and how the Ra'Ak have commandeered them for their own nefarious purposes.
Readers enthralled with Lissa from the beginning of the Blood Destiny series will certainly not be disappointed in Blood Rebellion. It builds upon the readers' knowledge of and affection for Lissa and her cast of supporters, even the ones who seem mired in constant consternation (yes, I'm talking about Gavin!). You will delight in each of Lissa's grand successes, empathize with her relationship issues, and share her deep sorrow over some of her life's most emotionally draining moments.
I hope you enjoy Blood Rebellion as much as I do! ...more
I know I say it somehow with every review, but this book rocks! Blood War is the eighth book by Connie Suttle in the Blood Destiny series, following oI know I say it somehow with every review, but this book rocks! Blood War is the eighth book by Connie Suttle in the Blood Destiny series, following on the heels of Blood Rebellion by only a couple of months. There's no rest for the wicked, however, and the evil groups in the universes, dealing with mounting frustration at their recurring defeats at the hands of Lissa and company, more than redouble their efforts to eliminate her once and for all. This time, the Ra'Ak throw in with other groups that have a common goal – kill Lissa and conquer the Reth Alliance in order to establish religious dominance throughout the universes, and thereby fulfill their murderous need for human sacrifice and wallow in the lush humanoid feeding grounds.
While the trinity of troublemakers, Ra'Ak, Solar Red, and The Red Hand, join forces with Black Mist, an up and coming assassin's guild, to plot her destruction, Lissa is still struggling with the various love/hate relationships that constantly tug her in multiple directions. As a friend of mine once said, "Life is a continuous series of narrow escapes held together by intermittent sighs of relief." And so it seems in Blood War! Every loving effort on Lissa's part seems thwarted by the evil coalition, her own family, or sometimes just by a tragic set of circumstances. It's no wonder Lissa's mood is ominously dark through most of the book!
I always enjoy it when Lissa goes off on her own, joining some quest, battle, or other worthwhile cause. (If nothing else, it gives Lissa a brief respite from the constant battles with family, friend, and foe alike. And I get just a little satisfaction knowing her disappearances irritate her overprotective mates to no end!) In Blood War, Lissa decides to join the warring forces on Vionn in an effort to determine whether anyone on the planet is worth saving. Her decision is based on the fact that someone close to her is kidnapped by a race of Green Fae, who are threatened with destruction. The non-violent Fae hold Lissa's loved one as ransom in exchange for protection from their attackers. While her first instinct is to find and destroy the kidnappers, Lissa decides to infiltrate the armies marching toward the Green Fae and discover, if she can, the reasons behind the planned invasion, and then decide exactly how to resolve the situation with as little loss of life as possible. And, of course, rescue her kidnapped loved one. Her reasoning is sound. She knows the Green Fae are non-violent and therefore unlikely to do harm to her loved one, but they must also be desperate to go to such lengths to seek protection from an advancing, overpowering force intent on their destruction, so her interest is piqued.
Lissa eventually discovers who is truly behind the planned invasion of the Green Fae lands on Vionn. The subversive elements think they have devised a strategy that will succeed in their plot against Lissa. But Lissa surprises everyone by being as adept at thwarting political intrigue as she is at squashing evil, even when its proponents put all other differences aside to conspire against her. Lissa isn't alone in defense of her beliefs, loved ones, and her home on Le-Ath Veronis. She is constantly buoyed by her mates and residents of Le-Ath Veronis and the palace, and, in the grander moral scheme, staunchly supported by her extended family. That isn't to say things are smooth sailing with her family!
While the events unfolding on the universal stage carry their usual depth in the fight against evil, political intrigue begins to escalate now that Lissa has firmly assumed her role as the vampire Queen of Le-Ath Veronis. Part of that role means representing Le-Ath Veronis as its world leader at the Reth Alliance 5-Year Conclave, a duty Lissa reluctantly, but completely, embraces. And it's fortunate for the Alliance she did!
What I love about Connie's stories is the human connection (even if some of the characters aren't actually human, LOL). While the arcing storyline on the grand scale is invigorating, it's the smaller, more personal moments that draw me in and wring tears from my eyes when I least expect it. Blood War continues this level of emotional involvement, and in fact deepens it. No stranger to loss and betrayal by people she has grown to love, Lissa has almost resigned herself to never being able to trust anyone completely. Yet she extends her heart in love and acceptance, and more importantly, forgiveness, knowing full well that she may suffer from allowing herself to be so vulnerable. But she knows no other way to live, and what has not killed her has truly made her stronger. She is certainly not lacking her share of flawed characters, particularly her father, who manages to spread even more misery with his incessant meddling.
Blood War continues to paint the action-packed story in broad, sweeping strokes that keep you gripping the edges of your e-reader, while at the same time drawing you in with the most intimate emotional details of some very touching and personal relationships. It achieves a quivering balance on a poignant moral tightrope that sometimes means causing pain, physical or emotional, to someone by helping or protecting someone else.
Followers of the Blood Destiny series, faithful fans who have weathered many staggering emotional setbacks with Lissa, will be very pleased with BloodFollowers of the Blood Destiny series, faithful fans who have weathered many staggering emotional setbacks with Lissa, will be very pleased with Blood Redemption.
At the beginning of Blood Redemption, we find a physically weakened, yet emotionally restored Lissa who has just reunited her spirit with her body after a long absence triggered by her need to get away from it all, as "energy," at the end of Blood War. Does she get even a few days to recover from weeks of inactivity so her body can regain its strength? Of course not!
During her absence, the founders of the Reth Alliance made an unusual assignment as a result of the events that occurred at the Five-Year Conclave. The Director of, and the entire organization of the Allied Security Detail, were moved, lock, stock, and barrel to Le-Ath Veronis, and Lissa was assigned the role of Liaison to the ASD for a thirty-year period. The Director of the ASD, Norian Keef, sweeps into Lissa's life like a force of nature, simultaneously impressing and irritating Lissa, her palace staff, and her mates and family. But there's something about Norian Keef that piques her interest, and in a very short time she is off on a series of adventures with him in order to thwart the efforts of Solar Red and Red Hand, which have used Lissa's extended absence to try to establish themselves as supposedly legitimate religions on several worlds.
There is instant chemistry between Lissa and Norian, which is only strengthened by their continued adventures, some dipping into personal areas for Norian. At first Lissa goes along out of simple irritation, to shut Norian up, but once he gets a look at Lissa's unique abilities he finds more and more ways to employ them in the service of the ASD. Eventually, Lissa discovers Norian is being managed by the lead Founder of the Reth Alliance, and begins to suspect she is being blackmailed to work for the ASD, and fears Le-Ath Veronis may be ejected from the Alliance if she doesn't comply with their demands. There are some shocking surprises when the Founder of the Reth Alliance presents himself to Lissa in person to convince her otherwise.
Blood Redemption lives up to its title, with a lot of surprises in store for the reader. As I said, faithful fans will not be disappointed! A lot of progress is made repairing some relationships previously thought to be long dead in Lissa's heart. In addition, Lissa's strongest desire is arranged to happen, against all belief that it was ever possible, which goes a long way to restoring her well of love towards her mates and family.
Although there are several entertaining plot twists, I particularly enjoyed the developing relationship with Lissa and Norian Keef. There is a lot of humor, affection, trust, and genuine love between these two that just lifts off the page and slithers into your heart. As with any new relationship, there are misunderstandings to overcome, but it is very satisfying and fulfilling to see Lissa finally having some really good things happen in her life.
The end of the book is not the end of the series! Don't be mislead into thinking Lissa's story is over, just because this book doesn't end in a cliffhanger. I loved the upbeat tone of the book overall, and the ending especially. Having lived Lissa's life along with her through eight other novels, most of which dealt with a lot of hurt and betrayal, makes the redemption of so many people in her life that much sweeter and more beautiful. I cried happy tears while reading this book, and I bet you do too....more
Blood Queen, the sixth book in the Blood Destiny series by Connie Suttle, is by far my favorite book in the series. The whole series to date has set tBlood Queen, the sixth book in the Blood Destiny series by Connie Suttle, is by far my favorite book in the series. The whole series to date has set the stage for what happens now, and believe me, this one won’t disappoint you!
The story picks up where Blood Royal left off, with Lissa’s father, Griffin, begging for her help in defeating an army of evil 300 years in the future, and on a distant planet. Although Lissa is exhausted from her recent encounter with Xenides and his rogue army of vampires, she feels compelled to agree to Griffin’s plea. Before she could have any second thoughts, she finds herself transported into the future and amid a raging battle against thousands of Ra’Ak. Her sudden appearance ignites a blast of destruction as she quickly engages the enemy, providing some much needed assistance to the group of Saa Thalarr who found themselves on the brink of exhaustion and collapse before her arrival.
Throughout the series, Lissa has proven to be incredibly resilient in her ability to overcome emotional and physical abuse, intentional or not, directed toward her by most of the close relationships in her life. In Blood Queen, Lissa evolves into a whole being, one no longer intimidated by anyone or anything. Her moral values are uncompromised, tempered by her compassion for the downtrodden and an abundance of love that fuels her capacity for understanding and forgiveness; even at her own expense.
At once powerful beyond anyone’s conception, yet emotionally still healing, she forges new relationships while mending old ones. And the most gratifying part of all this is that the people in her life who were the source of her pain and suffering for so long finally see the error of their ways. They begin to not only treat her with the respect and dignity she deserves, but surround her with the sincere love and acceptance she needs to finally understand her worth and place in the universe.
The story arc is very satisfying, with action sequences that rival anything in the previous books. But the meat of the novel is in the growth of its characters, especially Lissa. Lissa, a diminutive, unassuming being with a heart open to those whom she loves, which makes her as vulnerable to their character flaws as to her own. Yet that vulnerability is the bedrock of strength from which springs her ironclad understanding of right and wrong. That unbending moral compass can have only one result; Lissa’s inevitable ascension to her rightful station in the universe; Blood Queen....more
Blood Royal is the fifth book in the Blood Destiny series by Connie Suttle. The story of Lissa, the unintentional (and unconventional!) vampire continBlood Royal is the fifth book in the Blood Destiny series by Connie Suttle. The story of Lissa, the unintentional (and unconventional!) vampire continues. The character development is rich and satisfying. Lissa becomes acquainted with her real father, who is instrumental in helping her understand her unique abilities and perhaps how she can use them for the betterment of the universe. Lissa's contentious relationship with the vampire aristocracy, and particularly the vampire council, escalates as she grows in her abilities in spite of the constant efforts by the men in her life to control her. Their inability to adapt their relationships with Lissa, considering her increasingly powerful abilities as she develops into a full Vampire Queen, is a constant source of frustration for Lissa. She is faced with perceived physical violence, mental cruelty that evokes disturbing memories and emotions from her past, and efforts at intellectual and emotional control over her by nearly all the men who surround her. But along with her blossoming talents as a Queen, Lissa's enormous ability to forgive those transgressions by the people she loves only expands even further.
The storyline also advances, finding Lissa and crew in a cat and mouse game of chase with the evil vampire Xenides, who is determined to destroy the vampire aristocracy and to possess Lissa, and all of her unique abilities, for himself. The denouement is fast paced and very satisfying, leaving the reader feeling like he just pushed back from a delicious meal! And there's more to come! Lissa is whisked off at the last moment to engage in battle and attempt to save the forces of good ... Well, you'll just have to wait for Blood Queen for that story!...more
In the fourth book in the Blood Destiny series, Lissa finds herself involved in a fierce war to save humans and vampires alike from the priests of SolIn the fourth book in the Blood Destiny series, Lissa finds herself involved in a fierce war to save humans and vampires alike from the priests of Solar Red, a pseudo-religion with deep secrets and deadly intentions. She continues to develop her abilities, some of which she still hides from the Vampire Council in fear of retribution for her secrecy or because she fears they will destroy what they cannot control.
Lissa's once mundane existence was completely overthrown when, out of necessity and practicality, she had to accept the fact that werewolves and vampires truly did exist. But now, even her updated world-view must undergo a massive revision as the next assignment to which she is assigned exposes her to a reality she never would have believed if she didn't experience it herself.
Along the way she meets many new friends who turn out to have connections to her past, present, and future. Much is discovered about her family situation, and some of the most enigmatic characters who have come into her life since she became vampire are revealed to be... Well, you'll just have to read it to find out!
Blood Domination brings the reader along on an unexpected, yet delightful, departure from traditional vampire fiction. Prepare to be impressed! ...more
Lissa has once again proven herself invaluable to the Vampire Council and the Werewolf Grand Master, serving both races, of which is a member.
It tookLissa has once again proven herself invaluable to the Vampire Council and the Werewolf Grand Master, serving both races, of which is a member.
It took time for Lissa to recover from her deliberate attempt to face the sun, and her efforts may have served as a wake-up call to those around her who profess to love and care about her. Horrid details of her past are uncovered that explain why she took the harsh, and wholly unwarranted, discipline issued by the Council so badly.
Not one to let fledgling vampires stew in their own sorrow, Wlodek, head of the Vampire Council, decides to loan Lissa and her abilities to the head of Homeland Security. Not only would it help to cement good relations between the Council and the United States, but it would take Lissa out of harm's way in the UK, where a deadly and twisted force is on a rampage, killing innocent school children.
Meanwhile, in the USA, Lissa finds herself helping guard the President and other political figures, and getting involved once again in the inner political dealings among the werewolves. Just as she is learning to accept her lot in life, and the fact that the people she works for expect her service and loyalty without much in the way of trust and faith in her in return, she is bitterly betrayed by one of the few men she thought she could trust.
This is book 3 in the Blood Destiny series by Connie Suttle, and will be available on amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com by September 15, 2011....more
Third in the young adult series, Ir'Indicti, Vendetta continues the story of Ashe Evans as he learns to deal with newly discovered supernatural abilitThird in the young adult series, Ir'Indicti, Vendetta continues the story of Ashe Evans as he learns to deal with newly discovered supernatural abilities, while at the same time enduring the growing pains of being a 16-year-old. He struggles with personal betrayal by close friends while taking up adult work far beyond the maturity of most boys his age.
Being a continuation of two other books in the series, the story is a "comfortable fit," gliding on like a favorite hoodie. The character development continues, and the story introduces new characters with personality and wit.
I'll be very happy when this series gets published! :)...more
If you're a fan of author Connie Suttle'sBlood Destiny series, you're in for a delightful treat. She is set to release Bumble on February 1, 2012, thIf you're a fan of author Connie Suttle'sBlood Destiny series, you're in for a delightful treat. She is set to release Bumble on February 1, 2012, the first book in a new series of young adult fantasy fiction called The Legend of the Ir'Indicti.
Bumble is set in rural western Oklahoma, in the experimental paranormal community of Cloud Chief, populated by werewolves, vampires, and shapeshifters. Ashe Evans, the 12-year-old-going-on-40 central character is facing all of the usual hardships of any soon-to-be teenager, complicated by the fact that he is unable to successfully shift into an animal form. Failing Transformational Arts, Ashe may be banished from the school the following year if he is unable to turn. The harder he tries to shift, the more impossible it becomes, and he is weighed down by the embarrassment and humiliation of being the only student at Cloud Chief Combined to fail.
Current events soon pull his attention away from his own struggles, however, as Ashe is immersed in a blooming cloud of intrigue that includes kidnapping, betrayal, and murder. Aided by his best friend, Salidar, and encouraged and supported by a close-knit group of schoolmates, Ashe is not only the key to solving the mysterious events, but the ultimate focus of their efforts, but for what reason he has no clue.
As often happens when your attention and efforts to accomplish something have failed, as soon as you stop trying so hard to make it happen, it seems to happen on its own. Such is what happens with Ashe. Once he stops trying to shapeshift and begins his investigation into the deathly events that have overtaken his family, friends, and town, his innate abilities begin to manifest themselves in ways that astound and thrill him. Being the mature young man he is, he engages those abilities immediately to help him try to solve the mysteries that have caused so much pain and suffering in his small community.
Ashe and company are a joy to meet! Their differences only serve to cement their love for each other as they band together to defend their family, friends and town from an encroaching evil they're only just beginning to understand. The personalities have depth and character, and the characters have personality! The story is exciting and maintains a gradually accelerating pace right to the end, at which point you'll be wishing you had the next book in the series, Shadowed, in hand already! (Don't worry; you won't have to wait long for it!) If you've gotten this far into my review then you must already be a fan of Connie Suttle's writing, just as I am. You'll be thoroughly entertained by the characters, story, dry humor, and writing style to which you've become accustomed with Connie's books.
Also, fans of the Blood Destiny series take heart; some of your favorite characters from that series make an appearance in Bumble as well!
Although designated as young adult literature, Bumble is also a wonderful book for readers of a more mature age. (No, I'm not telling you how old I am to prove the point, LOL.) Just trust me, if you love the characters in the Blood Destiny series (Lissa, particularly) you're going to love Ashe and his merry band as well, if not more so.
I look forward to reading your reviews of the book! ...more
It's taken a couple of years, but the persistent Elemaiya have finally found Ashe Evans again, and breached the protection spells around the paranormaIt's taken a couple of years, but the persistent Elemaiya have finally found Ashe Evans again, and breached the protection spells around the paranormal community of Cloud Chief, Oklahoma. A violent creature, a mutated child of the Elemaiya, has been dispatched to capture or kill Ashe Evans, and anyone else who gets in the way. Although the creature's efforts toward Ashe are thwarted, the fact that it knew where to find Ashe throws the paranormal community into panic mode as it must once again relocate in order to protect itself.
Ashe is despondent over the need to move and because the lives of everyone in the community are disrupted because of him. Most of the residents understand it is not Ashe's fault (except one, who delights in deliberately casting the blame on Ashe), and a few are even excited about the move, especially when they learn they will be settling in Star Cove, Texas, just a short distance from Corpus Christi and the Gulf of Mexico.
While the families are driving to their new homes, Wynn and her family stop in Amarillo to visit relatives. Ashe and the others take a more direct route to Star Cove, and many are settling into their new homes when Ashe is suddenly pressed into service by Mr. Winkler to save Wynn's life. While in Amarillo, she is kidnapped by a nefarious pair of werewolves who have arranged for her to be hunted by a wealthy congressman. It's up to Ashe to save the only living shapeshifter unicorn on the planet!
Even with all of his special abilities, many of which are new and begin to manifest now that he is getting older, Ashe is not immune to the angst and anguish of a teenage heart. Hiding developing feelings for Wynn, he withdraws when he discovers that Wynn and Sali have developed their own feelings - for each other! Ashe is relieved when he is asked to go to work for Mr. Winkler for the summer, even though it means moving to Dallas, and later to Port Aransas, Texas, as it affords him a way to take his mind off his personal problems, or at least distance himself from them.
Ashe has a knack for puzzles, including computer hacking, and his talents are put to excellent use ferreting out weaknesses in various financial and security systems of Winkler Security's high profile customers. Although surrounded by Winkler's own werewolf guard, Ashe is once again discovered and attacked by the Elemaiya. Having failed more than once in their efforts to capture Ashe, they devise a plan to kidnap the other shapeshifting children of Star Cove in order to lure Ashe to them.
The action is rapid fire in Target, and Ashe is singularly capable of combating the Elemaiya in ways the werewolves, vampires, and other shapeshifters are not. But he certainly isn't untouchable or infallible, and he struggles to do his best to rescue his friends using his newfound abilities. The exciting climax will leave you hanging, and begging for more!
Long protected by the close-knit paranormal community and the watchful eye of what sometimes seems to Ashe like overbearing parents, it's ironic that his own survival and that of everyone he cares about is suddenly thrust into his hands. Without a second thought or even recognition of the seriousness of his situation, Ashe takes on the responsibility and hurls himself into the battle. Enemies beware, for the demure teen who becomes a bumblebee bat has many hidden talents that will lead to your destruction should you continue to assail against him!...more