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But the sudden connection Riehl and Alice feel is complicated when the murders are linked to a serial killer who last struck seven years ago, killing seven people in seven days. They have just one night before the killer strikes again. And every sign points to Alice as the next victim.
In Natural Evil: Claudia Hunter is on a road trip through the Nevada desert when she sees the body of a dog on the side of the highway. Pulling over to investigate, she quickly determines that the enormous animal is clinging to life. While working to save him with the help of the local vet, Claudia realizes there's something about the creature that seems more. Other. Wyr. Which makes this case of animal cruelty attempted murder.
Too injured to shape-shift, Luis Alvaraz is reluctant to tell Claudia what he knows about his attack, afraid it will only make her a target. But the sheriff is corrupt, and his attackers know Luis is alive and vulnerable. To make matters worse, a sandstorm is sweeping into town, and if they're going to survive the night, Luis will have to place all his trust in Claudia.
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By Candateshia Pafford on 05-07-14
Can't go wrong with Elder Races!
I am a huge fan of the Elder Races books... so anything in this series is a winner for me.
I really like the .5 books, b/c it shows different aspects of the Elder Races world that don't focus on Dragos or one of the Sentinels, although Dragos or the Griffins are my absolute FAVORITES!
The first story was my favorite. The whole Tarot Card killer thing was really interesting. This is a must for those who follow the series... a great credit, buy or sale.
Narration was superb...as Eastlake is one of the best!
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By Hope Johnston on 06-13-14
Love is in the cards for four new characters
An antique, hand-painted deck of fortune-telling cards are passed along by the heroine of the first story to the heroine of the second novella, loosely connecting their narratives. Unlike standard tarot cards, these bear symbols specific to the Elder Races belief system. Each chapter is titled with the name of a card from the deck.
The first story focuses on a fascinating breed of shifters who are new to the Elder Races series and very much an endangered species. A blizzard conveniently strands the hero and heroine in her home. Riehl, a homicide detective, believes that Alice can help him solve the mystery of an OCD serial killer who has murdered three of her friends. Time is of the essence since Alice may be next on the hit list.
The second story introduces us to Claudia, an ex-soldier who came back from her tours overseas with scars from her experience of traumatic warfare. Her psychic skills are pretty low compared to other members of the Elder races, but they prove useful in helping her figure out who tried to murder Luis, a wyr unable to shift from his dog form when she finds him on the side of the road. The mystery of why he was targeted sets the stage for the next novella, in Destiny's Tarot, with the same deck making its way into a new pair of hands.
Sophie Eastlake does a great job with the narration, as usual. I would feel more satisfied about spending a credit if all four novellas were bundled together. However, the quality of the stories still makes them a good buy.
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