And a Melody That Binds.
What if you see the world through a blindfold? What if you are sightless to the magic that surrounds you? What if you are unaware that you are the magic?
Clea Artemis Reese, a magical creature blind to her nature, lives in the mundane world, our world. When the brutal murder of Clea's mentor unlocks her Mage powers, she begins to grasp her extraordinary destiny. Fierce in her determination to avenge her mentor, she's forced to team up with the compelling James Larrimer in her hunt for the killers.
Larrimer is a predator who stalks traffickers of endangered animals. Yet he masks his reality-a strange and deadly one-even as he hunts Clea, the most exotic creature of all.
When Clea and Larrimer learn of her mentor's ties to the mysterious Chest of Bone, the ultimate source of otherworldly power, they clash with the malignant forces bent on obtaining it.
Have Clea and Larrimer the strength and courage to prevent the Chest from falling into corrupt hands and wreaking havoc and death? Or will they die in the process?
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About the Author
She grew up in professional theater-the Ivoryton Playhouse-and planned to become an actress. Instead, she's slung hamburgers, managed a scuba shop, and became a college professor. She's a mom to two wonderful humans and a furry pack. Her passions for scuba diving, fly fishing, and knitting pop up in her novels. As do vinho verde, bourbon, Maine lobster, and chocolate, not necessarily in that order. She sings musical comedy scores in the shower, unfortunately not an Equity venue, and she writes daily. She adores teaching, having taught fiction and modern media writing at Clark University, and so she mentors writers and students in a variety of writing genres. Currently, she's playing with her pup, Penny, going wild in L.A., and pounding the keys on the series' third novel, Chest of Air.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In this Dark Fantasy, CHEST OF BONE is set mostly in the normal world, but with a magical one overlapping. Clea Reese’s reality comes crashing down when her mentor is killed, an action which unleashes her own personal magic. On leave from her job as a government interviewer of sorts, Clea has always known she had some unusual empathic capabilities. Once her magic is set free, Clea’s world seems to spiral out of control leaving her grasping to learn all the arcane rules figuring out how to use strange new abilities all the while trying protect those she loves. Special Agent James Larrimer blazes into that world with a mystical spirit that literally sings to her own soul. He is certainly something more than human with so many secrets Clea is determined to unlock. With Larrimer’s very powerful help, Clea sets out to find Dave’s killer, but in doing so, discovers a world of supernaturals with whom she has much more in common than she previously knew. The enigmatic Chest of Bone is a beacon for those who would capture it to control both worlds as they begin to collide. Thea’s destiny seems tied to the Chest, but there is much she will have to learn including facts of her past in order to fulfill that role. Clea’s slowburn, but intense, relationship with Larrimer adds a nice balance to the action, adventure, and heart stopping tension. Though at times very brutal, much of this story centers on the willingness of Thea and Larrimer to do what is right, in part out of love, despite the personal sacrifice and losses required. They are compelling and likeable characters which is what always transforms a good story into a great one. Ms. Stiefel’s unique and fascinating world will very much appeal to fans of Fantasy who like a strong element of romance. As this book is the first in the Afterworld Chronicles series, much of the world building occurs, but does not distract from the story.