Synopses & Reviews
Fans of the Tantalize quartet will thrill to see werepossum Clyde and other favorite secondary characters — plus all-new ones — take to the fore in book one of an all-new series.
When sexy, free-spirited werecat Yoshi tracks his sister, Ruby, to Austin, he discovers that she is not only MIA, but also the key suspect in a murder investigation. Meanwhile, werepossum Clyde and human Aimee have set out to do a little detective work of their own, sworn to avenge the brutal killing of werearmadillo pal Travis. When all three seekers are snared in an underground kidnapping ring, they end up on a remote island inhabited by an unusual (even by shifter standards) species and its cult of worshippers. Their hosts harbor a grim secret: staging high-profile safaris for wealthy patrons with evil pedigrees, which means that at least one newcomer to the island is about to be hunted. As both wereprey and werepredator fight to stay alive, its up to mild-mannered Clyde — a perennial sidekick — to summon the hero within. Can he surprise even himself?
"Smith kicks off a spinoff series to her Tantalize books with a noirish adventure featuring shape-shifting werepeople old and new. Eighteen-year-old ladies' man (well, werecat) Yoshi, the younger brother of Ruby Kitahara (last seen in Tantalize), travels to Austin, Tex., in search of his missing sister. Upon arriving, Yoshi learns that Ruby is the prime suspect in the murder of Travis, a werearmadillo whose ghost haunts his nerdy friend, Clyde ('My werepossum metabolism usually keeps me warm enough, but Travis's spiritual presence has a chilling effect. Like a ghostly mini air conditioner,' Clyde quips). Clyde, still recovering from injuries incurred in Smith's Blessed, wants to avenge Travis's death, but the unlikely trio of Clyde, his crush Aimee, and Yoshi are forced to unite when they are captured and taken to Daemon Island, to be hunted for sport. Smith's fantasy smoothly switches between the three protagonists' perspectives, while expertly blending the mythical and the modern. The story's sharp banter and edgy plot make for an entertaining and clever story about loyalty and reconciling differences. Ages 14 up. Agent: Ginger Knowlton, Curtis Brown." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Cynthia Leitich Smith is the acclaimed and best-selling author of Tantalize, Eternal, Blessed, and Diabolical as well as the graphic novel Tantalize: Kierens Story, all set in the same fictional universe. She lives in Austin, Texas.