|This story begins with a prologue that takes place in ancient Egypt until the reign of Caesar Augustus. It introduces us to the Ikati, cat shape shifters, and during this time they lived in peace. Good old Augustus thought they were evil and decided they needed to die. Oh what fun! They we go to modern times, and we meet Jenna Moore, our heroine. Her family moved from place to place when she was a child; when she was ten her father disappeared, her mother died when she was eighteen and the story really begins just short of her twenty-fifth birthday. Yes, I did shed some tears reading the prologue and the first chapter. We are also introduced to Leander McLoughlin, seventhth Earl of Normanton. Leander is the alpha of the English Tribe of Ikati, and he has travelled to California to determine whether or not Jenna has any of the 'gifts' of their tribe.
Well, yes, Jenna has gifts and then some. Leander along with his brother Christian and Morgan meet with her and eventually travel with her to England. She wants answers to many questions, including whether her father is alive and what happened to him. The tribe is patriarchal, the women have almost no rights other than to be told who they should marry. Oh and marrying a human is forbidden. Jenna is considered a half blood, her father had been the most powerful alpha they'd ever had. Morgan is really the only friend Jenna has in the manor she's brought to, and Morgan manages to answer some of Jenna's questions about the tribe. In the mean time, a group called the Expurgari are the ones who have been hunting them since Augustus and are attacking some of the other tribes.
Jenna, having been raised as an American, is so completely not used to suddenly having no rights and being a prisoner. Leander, raised as the heir of the Alpha and with the very restrictive laws of the tribe, is not used to having a woman he loves (and isn't related to) argue with him about everything. The only thing they don't argue about is their attraction for each other and their electric chemistry. Ms. Geissinger has created just an incredible world. The story is utterly engrossing, so much so that the geek in me spent several hours looking things up afterwards. Google and Wikipedia are my friends. I didn't like the lack of freedom for the women, but I loved the story, the characters and the world so much I went to Amazon to see if there were any more books available in this series. There are, and yes, I will be ordering book two!
Reviewer: Teresa T.
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