by: Teri Barnett
$15.95 trade paperback
Released: March 2010
Bethany is a Knower. While working on a dig she comes across a relic belonging to Elizabeth, a woman not native to Paran. Elizabeth has ties to the long-forgotten cult of Eitel, known for stealing the souls of children in their quest for immortality.
Connor is a shell of his former self. After his wife Elizabeth left him, he crawled inside a whiskey bottle and refused to come out.
After Bethany's daughter is kidnapped, the only clue points to Elizabeth. Bethany sets off to Earth to find Connor and beg for his help in finding her daughter.
The two form an uneasy alliance and set off to find Bethany's daughter before it's too late. Along the way, they learn some important lessons, but the most important lesson they learn is the one their hearts teach them.
I really enjoyed several aspects of this story, including how the bad guys have to keep the kids alive in order to use their souls. It lends a certain aggravation for the bad guys that I find awesome. The world and characters were very well written, and the detail helped me paint a vivid picture of the world in my mind as I read, which is important.
The only thing that bothered me was how the two main characters didn't have enough interaction before they began to fall in love. They didn't come together as smoothly as I would have liked. I did enjoy the bantering between the two, and caught myself laughing out loud with some of their antics.