They are called Feral Warriors—an elite band of immortals who can change shape at will. Sworn to rid the world of evil, consumed by sorcery and seduction, their wild natures are primed for release . . . Kara MacAllister's quiet small-town life is transformed forever the night a powerful... read more
The Feral Warriors have lost their Radiant. The old one has been dead for six months and the new one, a Therian female marked by the goddess, has yet to come forward. Almost too late, Lyon realizes she must be out of range of his senses. He calls for the ritual that will raise the power of... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
The Feral Warriors have lost their Radiant. The old one has been dead for six months and the new one, a Therian female marked by the goddess, has yet to come forward. Almost too late, Lyon realizes she must be out of range of his senses. He calls for the ritual that will raise the power of the beasts and enable him to find her – a ritual that calls for the warriors’ blood and a full moon. Not until the ritual is nearly complete do they realize the knife used, brought by the youngest Feral, Foxx, was the Demon Blade, the very blade that imprisons Satanan and his horde. They believe no harm has been done, but they’re wrong.
Lyon follows his finder’s senses to Spearsville, Missouri where he finally tracks down the new Radiant, Kara. Unfortunately, Kara’s been raised human and doesn’t know she’s immortal. When they’re attacked by draden, Kara realizes Lyon’s not crazy. When her dying mother admits Kara is not her true daughter, Kara realizes neither she nor her world are what she thought they were. The only way to get to the truth is to go Lyon.
Kara begins to regret her decision when she arrives at Feral House and discovers a house full of large, male shape-shifters, a half-flamingo housekeeper, and Zaphene, Foxx’s condescending girlfriend. Lyon becomes her anchor, the only one she trusts to keep her safe. Lyon tries to keep his mind and hands off the pretty new Radiant, for her mate is pre-ordained and will be revealed during the Pairing Ceremony. But as he prepares her for the ceremony, his control snaps and he kisses her passionately, admitting to himself that he hopes to be chosen as her mate. But the ceremony pairs her with Vhyper.
Kara is devastated. Vhyper is cold and angry, sensing the relationship that’s begun to sprout between her and Lyon. He’s the only one who can lead her safely through her ascension, the ritual that will empower her, allowing her to pull the radiance from the earth that will enable them to shift again. But Vhyper’s angry and losing control and Lyon doesn’t trust him not to hurt Kara so he orders Hawke to prepare her for the ritual instead, teaching her to call the Earth’s energies. When Kara runs away from Hawke, determined to return home and leave this nightmare, Lyon catches her and is forced to take on the job himself.
Nightmares of being tortured start to plague Kara along with the feeling that she’s in terrible danger. Lyon assures her that no one at Feral House will ever hurt her and she comes to realize that being the Radiant isn’t a job she can walk away from. Only in death will another be chosen. Without their Radiant, the Ferals will weaken and eventually die.
Lyon finally realizes that Kara’s anxiety is being forced on her in some way, probably by a dark charm that has found its way into Feral House. As they search for the dark charm, he stands watch outside her door as she sleeps, suffering a protectiveness he shouldn’t feel, but all of his men are off since they haven’t been able to shift, Vhyper especially. When Kara cries out from one of her nightmares, Lyon comforts her, holding her until she falls asleep again. When she awakes, soft and wanting him, he nearly makes love to her until he grips her hip and feels a Mage cantric buried deep in her flesh.
Lyon goes ballistic at the evidence that she’s not their Radiant, but a Mage witch. Their enemy. He cuts out the cantric and loses the last of his own control to a feral rage. Kara flees the room and Feral House, in pain, betrayed by the one she trusted most. Too late, she remembers the draden, and watches as a cloud comes for her, preparing to steal her life force.
The moment Lyon regains control, his finder’s senses realize Kara’s outside alone and in terrible danger. He races after her, snatches her out of the claws of certain death as he drags her to the goddess rock and calls a Feral circle to keep out the draden. Kara’s bitter misery cools his anger as he comes to believe that whatever she is, she didn’t know, and hasn’t acted maliciously.
Back at Feral House, he locks her in the prison while they decide her fate. Wulfe is already down there, having lost control to his feral side for good, a result of the lack of radiance. Vhyper loses the last of his own control, too, and is locked up in a cell near Kara. But as Lyon and the others discuss her fate upstairs, Vhyper comes to stand before Kara’s cell, suddenly free. He steals her out of her cell and drags her down to the lowest level beneath Feral House where he strings her up. Robed figures stab her with blades.
Lyon goes to check on her in the prison and hears her screams. He and Paenther race to the lowest level to find her bleeding profusely and alone with a crazed-looking Vhyper. Lyon orders Vhyper locked up again and when it becomes clear Kara’s wounds aren’t healing like they should, he, Paenther, Tighe, and Jag race to the Georgetown enclave and the finest healer of the race, trying to save her life.
At the enclave, the Shaman examines Kara and declares her not a Mage. Mind-skinning her, he learns that Zaphene is the Mage witch and she’s been working with Vhyper to free the Daemons from the Daemon blade. They have to stop her. Hawke agrees to stay with Kara, but as soon as the others leave, he ushers her out of the enclave and she soon realizes why. The man pretending to be Hawke isn’t Hawke at all but a clone grown from a draden and sent to retrieve the rest of her blood. Lyon realizes Kara’s in trouble and races to reach her before the clone kills her, but Kara saves herself this time. Together, they head to Feral House to stop the ritual that will free the Daemons.
When they reach Feral House, they discover the basement, where the ritual is already taking place, has been fully warded against them. Only in their animal forms might they be able to breach the warding, but they won’t be able to shift again until their Radiant is ascended. If she’s ascended by the wrong Feral, she’ll die, but they have strong reason to believe that the original pairing ceremony was fixed. That it shouldn’t have been Vhyper. But Lyon’s fallen in love and is taking no chances. Without his brothers seeing, he takes off his feral armband and curls it around Kara’s upper arm, hiding it beneath the sleeve of her gown.
Not until Kara pulls the radiance, surrounded by the Ferals, does she learn the truth—that no one can touch Kara in full Radiance without an armband or they’ll die. Lyon protected Kara at the cost of his own life. The other three Ferals shift into their animals at last as Lyon collapses, dead. There’s nothing they can do for him. Kara tells them to go, stop the ritual, and they fly through the warding and into battle as she kneels beside Lyon, railing at him for not believing she was the one meant to be his mate. Because she’s certain of it. Refusing to give up, Kara pours radiance into him, fighting for his life. And wins. Lyon shifts into his lion, and with Kara on his back, flies into battle.
The Ferals kill all but one of the clones Zaphene created to free the Daemons from the blade and allow Kara to kill Zaphene. When the battle is won, the Ferals hold a second pairing ceremony and Lyon is chosen Kara’s true mate.
But one of the clones, Tighe’s, is missing and Vhyper has escaped with the Daemon blade. They believe he was infected by the blade’s evil during that first ceremony to raise the power of the lion. The greater battle—the battle to keep the Mage from freeing the Daemons—has just begun, but Lyon is ready for anything now that he has Kara by his side.
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