I’m thrilled to share this wonderfully dark fantasy with you all today. It’s called Takakush by Raine Reiter!
Read on for an excerpt and a chance to win an amazing giveaway – A copy of the book AND a bunch of swag!
When Professor Elena Lukas returns to her cozy Pacific Northwest hometown with a broken heart, she’s plunged back into the fate she tried to escape. Like her mother and grandmother before her, Elena must now dedicate her life to a powerful ancient Lithuanian goddess. Although she is prepared to live as a priestess hiding in a contemporary tourist town, she arrives to find that a series of so-called animal attacks have terrorized her forest.
With the help of a handsome detective from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Elena uses her expertise in invasive and endangered species to identify that these are no normal animal attacks. The woods are stalked by a dark, mystical creature bent on ravaging the area in an attempt to quell its insatiable hunger. When her little sister goes missing, Elena realizes that the beast can only be vanquished if she is brave enough to face it in-person, embrace her identity as a high priestess, and expose her powers to the man she is growing feelings for. Raine Reiter weaves together an empowered, female-centered narrative with rich descriptions of nature and an ever-present sense of mystery. Her vivid, flowing prose takes readers of dark fantasy into a world that looks and feels real, while still evoking the enticing paranormal creativity shared by authors such as Richelle Mead and Kat Richardson.
Elena smiled and opened to the Penumbra. Reading auras wasn’t her native ability, and the throb at her temples was immediate. Her breathing slowed as the magical world brightened.
Burgundy tendrils of pain swirled around the room, mixing with indigo swatches of grief; lightning bolts of amber anger alternated with the sickly chartreuse flashes of fear.
I must hurry before this working takes too much of me.
Elena sorted out the shades of the patients who suffered or died in the space distorting her view. She concentrated on the color and flavor of the old man, separating his palette from the spectrum of others.
“May we ask you a few questions?” she asked.
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