The Seattle Kayla arrives in is a dreary place; it looks like a war-torn third-world county. Most electrical devices do not work, people drive old diesel cars, and street lights are gas lanterns. This is the Seattle that has stolen everything from Kayla — her mother, her father and now her sister, Desi.
Kayla finds trouble when a man named Hart approaches her. Hart is a wolf shifter that belonged to the Kivati pack; it is said that Hart is unable to control the beast within him. He believes Kayla has information about a necklace that will get him one step closer to freedom. The necklace is believed to open the gates of death, bringing evil into the world, and many want it for power.
In the weeks before her death, Desi had become remote and noncommunicative. Kayla believes Desi was involved with a mysterious man named Norgard who is violent and evil, and that he is the reason she is dead.
Hart signed an oath with Norgard years ago. If Hart makes sure the powerful Drekar gets the necklace first, Hart will win his freedom.
The Kivati also want the necklace; they are a legendary species of shifters that once protected the land and humankind, but they are now too caught up in a war with the Drekar to help.
My review: I thoroughly enjoyed this book; the world-building and characters take you to a very different Seattle that looks nothing like you would imagine. The ending is surprising, and the fact that neither the Drekar nor the Kivati are to be trusted makes the story even more fun to read. Hart and Kayla learn to trust each other to help with the fight and become much more than they ever thought to each other. It’s a riveting and engaging read that grabs you until the end.
My rating: Loved it.