Everyone knows the truth except her. Nineteen-year-old Beth lives in a world of Creek Indian myth, magic, and lies created by her family to keep her Power weakened.
Spirit Walkers harness the elements. Storms brew spewing her electrical energy over her hometown. Weaved into her spiritual journey is her birthright, but her family and the Native American Mandate bars her from fulfilling the destiny set by The One Above.
Lucien needs her help. She saved his life once before. But three years ago, her best friend stormed from her life, ridiculing her and leaving invisible gashes sliced into her heart. Persevering on the surface, she dreams of fighting the terror haunting her town and the man who stole and broke her heart.
Her chance arises in the wake of The Green Corn Festival. Lucien arrives sick on her doorstep, but she isn’t a medicine woman. Despite the pain he causes her, she cannot let him die. Faced with the truth of her world, Beth must decide. Does she save the man she secretly loves to hate or does she fulfill her destiny?
I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion.
I was not entirely captivated by this story. I found it somewhat difficult to follow in places. The story did not flow well.
I am not a student of Native American lore. I knew the term Thunderbird was from that culture but I had no idea what was its meaning. After reading this book I suppose I understand a bit better but am still a little confused. I believe with some more editing this could be a much better novel.
Characters seemed to be randomly thrown together and at the end I found out why. It came across disjointed when the main character Beth had a thought and then suddenly acted on it. Lucien and Beth's love is complicated as it is for many people. There were several times I found myself wanting to shake the characters to make them see what was going on around them. And with their history, trust is not easy for Beth where Lucien is involved.
Overall this could be a really great story, there is a good bit of potential. It is definitely in the realm of fantasy. The book is at least an interesting story.
About the author:
Rae Z. Ryans currently resides in Tumbleweed, Alabama, with her family, and belongs to the Romance Writers of America. Published since the age of fourteen, Rae now enjoys writing romantic, erotic, fantasy/paranormal stories, and poetry. Her name pays homage to her brothers: Specialist Ryan D. Rexon and Zachary U. Berthot.
She is currently working on Death Spurs Desire and Afflicted (Book Three in Beyond the Brothel Walls)
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