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VOYA"You'll never see the truth of things, the beauty and horror hidden just beneath the surface," declares Narcissa Snow, a murderous creature who plans to steal the unborn baby of Chance and Deacon Silvey and offer it as a sacrifice to a secret society of werewolves. Deacon and Chance struggle to lead a normal life while they await the birth of their baby. Deacon is a powerful psychic who drinks to cope with his disturbing visions and the agonizing migraines that they cause. Chance is a brilliant paleontologist who does not believe in visions and who just wants Deacon to stay sober. When Narcissa kidnaps Chance, the couple faces bizarre horrors as Deacon races to find his wife before it is too late. He receives help from his ex-girlfriend Sadie and a mysterious duo who claim to be working for the werewolves. In this tale of ancient monsters and dark magic, Kiernan provides tantalizing glimpses of Narcissa's nightmarish yet exquisitely beautiful world. Her writing is original and mesmerizing. She creates a world that is literally awesome by evoking feelings of wonder and terror. Her use of the present tense creates a dreamlike sense of urgency. This novel will be embraced by mature readers of dark fantasy and can be recommended to Neil Gaiman fans. Although a sequel to Threshold (Roc, 2001/VOYA April 2002), this novel stands on its own. VOYA Codes 5Q 3P S A/YA (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Will appeal with pushing; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult-marketed book recommended for Young Adults). 2003, Roc, 337p., Trade pb. Ages 15 to Adult.