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Rise of the Fae
A The Society Novel
By Rebekah R. Ganiere
KENSINGTON PUBLISHING CORP.Copyright © 2015 Rebekah R. Ganiere
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Selene stared into the luminescent void, her breathing short, eyes watering from the glow. The surface rippled with light and darkness swirling together, waiting to swallow her whole. Her heartbeat fluttered like a hummingbird's wings at the sight. It'd been over two decades since she'd seen one. How long had this one been here without her noticing?
She glanced around the glade. The sickly sweet scents of the blossoms sitting next to the cherished altar made her stomach churn. Her blood still stained the massive alabaster stone she'd spent weeks tied to, despite her being ordered to scrub it till it shone.
Hushed footsteps swished behind her. The Council of Elders had chosen her for this mission, but not because they liked her, let alone trusted her. No, they chose her because there was no one else who could do what they were asking.
"Selene. Are you ready my child?" Her mother's hand fell like a feather upon her shoulder. Her smooth voice floated over Selene's neck, making her body tingle. Her mother had never sounded so passive and distant when they'd lived on the Earth realm.
Selene nodded mutely, her eyes never leaving the portal, not daring to give away her desire to race through the rift and disappear. Afraid that if she blinked she would find it had all been another test and they wouldn't really let her go.
"We're all counting on you, Selene. This is your chance to prove to everyone whose side you're on. To avenge what has been done and return honor to me, as well as give you what you've always wanted. A place to belong."
Her mother brushed the hair from Selene's shoulder with thin, light fingers.
Selene balled her fists in an effort not to swat them away.
"Don't let your feelings for Maelstrom get in the way of your mission. And don't be distracted by the pleasures of that hedonistic place. It's different now. Worse. The temptations are greater than ever now that the Vampires rule."
Selene's throat dried like it had been scrubbed with sandpaper. She tried to conjure enough saliva to swallow. Ever since she'd left the Earth realm she'd been trying to fit in, trying to prove herself to everyone, while secretly praying for a way back. Excitement and terror clenched her gut and made her palms sweat.
"I won't succumb." Was that too much glee in her voice? She turned her gaze from her means of escape to her mother's beautiful face. Selene donned the placid expression that the High Elder had beaten into her and lowered her eyes in the most demure of fashions. "I will do my best, mother."
"Be well, my daughter, and bring me honor." Her mother pushed something into her palm. "There's one of us on the other side. He'll be your contact. When you've gotten close enough and you're ready for us to prepare the trap, he'll contact us."
Selene's body lurched and she took a step forward. Her eyes darted around to see if anyone had noticed, but their heads remained bowed and their eyes on their feet.
Selene ran her fingers over the smooth amulet around her neck. Her heart tightened and her skin tingled as she stepped up to the portal. The hairs rose on her arms as the surface snapped with electricity. The desire to rush into the portal toward freedom caused her limbs to shake. Holding back was a torture almost worse than the ones that had scarred her skin. She needed to be careful, patient. "Don't blow it."
"And remember, my daughter, to wear your amulet always. It will keep you grounded."
Selene nodded, but the lilt of her mother's voice was almost unbearable. She could hold back no longer. Smiling, she sucked in her last gulp of air, and pressed her body into the portal.
The surface sucked her in like quicksand. Every molecule of her body shredded apart. She spun in a vortex, every piece of her moving faster than light, pulling to and fro whirling, twisting, churning. She wanted to scream, but had no voice. Propelled forward by the magick of the rift, Selene fought to stay conscious. Nausea and vertigo mixed in her separate pieces like a tornado through her atoms. To get anywhere close to Chicago, America she had to focus her thoughts on something she remembered. She pictured Mason, tall and strong, the set of his jaw, the flex of his arms, his laugh, his smile, his rage. Every part of him came into clear, crisp focus.
Pressure built on her form, squeezing and reshaping her. Every part of her slammed together and she fell. Head over ankles she spun until she landed with a thud. Her skull struck solid ground. She sucked in a shallow breath. The smell of decay and grease filled her. The scent was familiar, though she'd been away so long. Memories surfaced of the last time she'd been in the earthly realm.
She rolled on her stomach and retched. Her body trembled with exhaustion. Nausea rolled through her, making her heave again. She wiped at her mouth with the back of her hand and smiled.
She'd made it. She was free. Free of her mother, free of the elders, free of the boredom.
The sounds of rock music played in the distance. Her eyes strained to adjust to the dimming light. Her eyelids spasmed and her eyes teared as a flash of light struck her. Selene rolled away. The sharp pain in her knees and the gravel and pebbles grinding into her arms told her she was naked. Not to mention the breeze on her bare —
"Hey! Are you okay?" a man called to the right.
Selene turned her head and tried to focus. A blurry figure moved closer.
"Hey." Heavy, cool fingers landed on her shoulder. "What happened? Are you okay? You're naked."
Someone wrapped a warm piece of clothing around her. The blurriness faded as she blinked over and over.
"Where's your master? Who did this to you?" asked the gray-skinned man.
Selene got to her feet shakily and pushed her arms through a faded red flannel shirt. The man put his arm out to steady her and she got a good look at where she'd ended up. She stood on a city sidewalk. Boarded up businesses scattered the road. Down the block, a customer walked out of a flashy convenience store.
Selene's gaze lit on the older man who stood next to her. His face held a soft quality, and wrinkles cut the corners of his eyes. His skin was a bluish gray color and his hair was white like salt. "You're ... You're a vamp."
He chuckled. "Yup. Haven't been a human like you in almost twenty years now."
She'd not seen any of the humans who had been mutated by the V2000 virus before her mom had forced her to run to the fae realm. It amazed her how different from Vampires and vampyr they were. Vamps looked more like undead from old movies and books than any pure-blooded Vampire or turned vampyr she'd ever seen.
Her stomach roiled and her knees shook as the aftereffects of portal travel struck her. Her head lightened and she gripped the old man by his dirty undershirt. She needed to keep it together, needed to focus.
"Where am I?"
His brows furrowed. "You're in the Middle American Territory."
Selene's temples throbbed and she tried to remember where she was trying to go.
"Chicago?" She gulped in air.
She'd made it. She planted a hard kiss on the old vamp and then backed up, taking in her home city. She was back. Laughing, she spun in a circle. She was free.
She reached for her amulet, and gasped. It was gone. Like everything else. Including the coin her mother had given her to help identify her contact on this side.
The coin she didn't care about. She had no intention of contacting her mother or those like her ever again. But the amulet ... She spun in a circle scanning the ground. No, no, no! She needed it. Panic lit within her.
"Are you all right, miss? Can I help you get somewhere?" The old man's face held concern.
Selene scanned the area and memories rushed back to her. "I'm looking for Mael — Mason."
"Is he your master?"
Selene stiffened. "My master? Of course not. Why would he be my master?" How could this man possibly think someone like her would have a master?
The old vamp looked Selene over. "Well, you're human, so ..."
Selene nodded, understanding. Her mother had told her all remaining humans were now slaves to the Vampires and no longer free.
"Come on girl. Let me get you somewhere safe where they can figure out what to do with you."
Selene's head whipped up and she grabbed the old man's wrist. "Do you know Mason?"
The old vamp's eyes widened. "Are you sure you're all right?"
Her heart sank. "So you don't know him then."
"The only Mason I know of is the new mate of Lord Danika —"
"Yes, that's him." Selene gripped him tighter. She needed to get to Mason.
"You ... you don't just go to see Lord Danika. But if you'll come with me I can make a couple of calls ..."
"Take his money," said a commanding, familiar voice.
Selene shook her head to rid herself of the voice.
"Give me your money."
The old man stepped back. Selene glanced around and spotted an alley a few yards away. Quick as light, she grabbed the man around the neck and covered his mouth. She dragged him, struggling, into the alley.
"Sopor," she whispered into his ear. The vamp went unconscious. Selene laid him on the ground, rifled through his pockets, and found his wallet.
She'd made it through the rift, which was the toughest part. From here on out should be easy. All she needed was to get some clothing and a ride. She was back and when her mother's people came to cleanse Earth, Mason would wipe them away with his powers.
Selene buttoned up the flannel shirt, raced out of the alley and down the street. Passing the prying eyes of the vamps, she ran toward the address programmed in her head.
More than once, a vamp called out to her and told her to stop. Twice, a vamp chased her, but she outmaneuvered them easily. Running at top speed, she tried not to linger on the depression cloaking Chicago like a death shroud.
It was strange being back. The destruction the Vampires had wreaked on the human world was astronomical. Stores boarded up. Whole blocks dark and desolate. Not that she could blame the Vampires solely. The humans were to blame as well.
She wondered if they'd ever figured out who had unleashed the V2000 virus that had mutated the majority of the human population into the vampire subspecies of vamps. Inwardly she was glad the virus hadn't worked as it had been designed. If it had worked, and had turned the Vampires and vampyr into daywalkers, so they could walk in the sun, who knew what Earth would look like now.
After twenty minutes of running, Selene reached her destination. She rounded a deserted corner and the faded yet familiar awning came into view. Her chest tightened and she choked out a sob. Glancing around, she darted across the street to the front door. She pulled on it, but the door didn't budge. A padlock and chain bound it closed.
She laid her palm on the padlock.
The padlock clicked open. She yanked both it and the chain off and stepped through the door. The smell of stale air tickled her nose. She set her hand on the frosted glass of the entrance.
The door locked and Selene turned, surveying the lobby. Silence enveloped her. The cream, dust-covered, plush chairs waited in the same place she remembered them. The guard's desk sat vacant and unsecured. Her feet peppered the marble floor in silent steps. The elevator doors still gleamed and she caught a glimpse of herself, disheveled and dirty. She depressed the button and the elevator opened, to her surprise.
Outside, a large vehicle pulled up to the building and stopped. She stepped into the elevator as two tall men in black fatigues approached the building.
Her heart thundered as the men yanked on the outer doors. The lock spell held, and the elevator closed too slowly. She willed it to go faster.
The bell rang and she sprinted from the elevator, rushed to the end of the hall, and spelled the apartment door so it would open.
Once inside, she moved to the window and peeled back the curtain. The sun had set, but the sky wasn't completely murky yet.
Down below, the two men spoke and pointed. Eventually they shrugged and drove away.
Selene blew out a breath, dropped the chain and lock to the floor, and plopped onto the soft, red sectional sofa.
Home sweet home.CHAPTER 2
The music from inside Club Midnight pounded against Neeman's SUV as he pulled up to the curb. The vamp valet rushed to Neeman's door, but he stepped out before the valet could open it.
"Evening, Mr. Colter." The valet bowed.
"It's Neeman. Just Neeman."
The valet bowed again. "Good evening, Neeman."
Neeman sighed. "Stop bowing. I'm not one of the three kings. I'm a soldier."
"Soldiers deserve the highest respect," said the valet. "You're the ones who keep us safe."
Neeman stared at the young vamp for a minute. He was used to people fearing him, not worshiping him. Finally, he nodded and the valet hopped into the SUV.
The line to get in wrapped around the outer wall of the building. Vamps and vampyr had been lined up for hours. A young female vampyr eyed Neeman and smiled, thrusting out her chest. Neeman chewed the gum in his mouth once before swallowing it and heading for the entrance. Why did women feel the need to throw their bodies around to get what they wanted?
Riley hopped from the vehicle. "You want me to call the others and tell them where we are?"
"Why? It's none of their business what I do."
Riley was a good Vampire, but he hadn't been with the Tracking Squad more than a year. His father and mother were lesser Vampires and had nothing to offer him except a place in their technology company, so he'd asked to join the Squad. Neeman assumed it was to better his position within the Vampire society.
The stoic Vampire bouncer who guarded the door didn't even glance at Neeman before unlatching the rope and opening the door. "Enjoy."
The music floating out of the bar assaulted him along with the sights and smells of the city night. Blood, sweat, and perfume wafted out to greet him. He stepped into the establishment and pushed his way to the crowded bar. The black- haired vamp bartender caught his eye and nodded, his dreadlocks shaking over his shoulders.
Neeman slid through the throng of bodies pressing against him and headed for the VIP section. Colored lights illuminated the dance floor. Suspended above on platforms, vamp and vampyr females shook and writhed to the music for the enjoyment of the patrons.
A female vampyr slid up to Neeman, stopping him. Her large, pale blue eyes scoured his body as she ran her fingers over his chest.
"You're Neeman." She smiled.
The girl's long brown hair hung loosely around her, silhouetting her oval-shaped face and overly pouty lips.
"Can I buy you a drink?" Her short fangs gleamed in the dim light of the dance floor, illuminating the small teardrop rubies she'd inset into them.
"No. Thank you." He swallowed hard as her face fell. Why couldn't he say yes? Here was a girl full of curvy loveliness any vampyr would die to have pressed underneath him, and she didn't even stir a flutter in his gut.
Neeman reached over his shoulder and grabbed Riley by the arm. "This is Riley, he's one of the best trackers in my squad. I'm sure he'd be more than happy for a beautiful woman to buy him a drink."
Neeman slid around the girl, making a beeline for his table. In the past months, he'd taken more females to bed than he had in the whole of his long life. Since Danika had chosen Mason as her mate he'd done anything and anyone to try and drown her memory. The fact that he was in a bar once more was testament to the fact that he wasn't succeeding.
"I'm Lana," she said to Riley. Neeman ground his nails into his palms and cracked his knuckles. Why couldn't he have just let the girl buy him a drink, screwed her in the bathroom, and then let her go? He'd done it a million times in the last months. Somehow tonight he just wasn't into it.
He reached his booth as the waitress showed up with Savor and vodka.
"Keep 'em coming," he growled. Something was off with him tonight. The air of the bar held a heady scent, which set him on edge. The energy of the patrons was heightened. He scanned the room for signs of trouble but nothing seemed amiss.
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Even better than the first! This is the second book in The Society series, and I loved every minute of it. OK, to be honest, Selene did get to me a little bit at the beginning because she seemed so reckless. However, as the book progressed and we learned more, I came to really understand her and her motives. She developed so well as a character. Speaking of characters, I really liked Neeman in the first book, so I was glad to see him in this one. The two of them worked very well together. Added to that, the plot was riveting, and the book was action-packed. I liked the first book in the series, but this one was excellent. I even now understand the differences between, vamps, vampyrs, and Vampires. This was truly a satisfying read. Try this book; it was an excellent addition to the series, and I eagerly want to read the third and last! Highly recommend! I was provided the e-book which I voluntarily reviewed.
***I received a copy of this book for free from the author in exchange for my unbiased review. All of the opinions stated are solely my own and no one else's.*** Rise of the Fae is Book2 in the Society series by Rebekah Ganiere. In Rise of the Fae we are taken back into the intriguing world where Vampires are the ruling class, Vampyrs are turned humans and vamps are humans who were turned by the V2000 virus that was created in an attempt to make Vampires impervious to sunlight but backfired. Danika has mated with Mason and for the time being he has helped solidfy her status as Lord of the Midwest area but of course trouble is still brewing...her uncle Chase, a man she once trusted, is still on the run somewhere and there are humans who need new masters but Danika is looking to do things differently. We are quickly introduced to a new character Selene...she's part Fae and they are sending her back to the Earth plane to lure her brother Mason to their world so that they can bind him...by any means necessary. They view him as a threat as to what is coming in the impending future and by chaining him they believe to save themselves. Selene is an outcast because she is not pure Fae. She goes through a lot because of the cruelty of the Fae and her mother only thinking of herself. Selene has an amulet that helps control her magick but when she comes through the portal it is lost because the portal doesn't let anything come through it so now she's on her own...with her other side eager to break out and have a little fun. She quickly meets Neeman who is still hurting after once again losing Danika but permanently this time. He's looking to drown his pain anyway he can when he meets Selene/Seraphine and she throws his world upside down with the chaos she brings. Like most vampyres and others he's drawn to her because of her scent, just like with Mason with the others before, but there is more to it. He can tell...but he doesn't know what it is. Demons are coming according to Selene but it's both the Fae and the demons they need to worry about...along with the attraction between Selene and Neeman. This book is gripping and so engaging that you find it hard to put it down to go and do other things throughout your day. You wonder so much...what will happen with this one? What will happen with that character? We are introduced to new characters and reunited with some old ones in this book that you can't help but want to know more and more each time you turn the page. It's awesome! The great thing about this book is that most of your questions are answered when the book ends but still leaves you wanting more which is what any good book should do. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. It's gripping, exciting, sexy, has the right amount of spice of romance and so much more. You really get to see the characters develop and become more. Highly recommended for sure! Two thumbs up!
I loved this second book in The Society series, "Rise of the Fae". In this book we have the story of Mason's sister, who holds a similar secret that Mason had in Book 1, "Reign of the Vampires". She's come into this world with a secret mission that could not only destroy her brother but our world as well. While here she meets Neeman, once a human but now a vampyr. They are attracted to each other and she has to fight herself to keep her secrets. Through threats and passion she has to keep to her mission, but has a trick up her sleeve that she hopes will save Neeman and this world from the Demons that want nothing more than to destroy it. Pick it up and find out if she's able to stick to her destructive mission as well as save Neeman and the rest of this new Vampire Society and what's left of the human world. I don't do spoilers so this is all you get from me. If you've read this author before or are a fan of the paranormal you will need to run not walk to get this book in author Rebekah Ganiere's "Society" series, and I've got to tell you I can't wait to read whose story will be told next.
Rise of the Fae (The Society #2) by Rebekah R. Ganiere Rebekah R. Ganiere’s Rise of the Fae is a thrilling and stimulating novel. This adult futuristic novel, where vampires now rule the earth, takes place in Chicago. The Fae sent Selene to the Earth Realm to stop a demon invasion. Selene is mistaken for a rare human and put in the care of vampyr, Neeman. Being from Chicago, I appreciate that the book takes place there. I enjoyed both Selene and Neeman. Both characters are complex and interesting to read about. I love the plot. There was numerous twist, ulterior motives, and secrets that kept the story fast-paced and exciting. This was the first book I read by Rebekah R. Ganiere. I enjoyed her creativity and writing style. I am interested in going back and reading book one, Reign of the Vampires. I would also, continue to read this series. It was a unique twist in vampire novels that is captivating. I think this series would make a great television series or movie. Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
"Rise of the Fae" WOW, Rebekah has written one Undeniably Awesome Book. "Rise of the Fae" is in my top 3 most favorite books I've ever read. Her storyline is exquisite and her plot is exceptional. There is a large cast of characters main and secondary. Each character is uniquely different and endearing. You will either love then or hate them. Rebekah has such an inexplicable talent for putting a story together in a way that locks you into the very heart of the story. It simply carries you away into its depts. I laughed, I cried, I was scared and I was angry. It is a phenomenal writer, that can not only pull you into the heart of the story, but fill you with the characters emotions and bring out your own. Selene is part Fae and part Demon. She has spent the last 20 years on the Fae Plain. The Fae are sending Selene on a mission so that the Fae can capture her brother, Mason, because they fear him as he is the only one who can put a tear in the veil of a plain. Mason is three-quarters Demon and one-quarter Fae. Mason is a scary man. Neeman goes to his favorite bar, Club Midnight, for a few drinks after work. Neeman notices that the female vampires are all in a large circle around all of the male vampires. Pretty soon two vampires started fighting so Neeman pushed his way through and found a woman dancing for all she's worth while the male vampires are touching her and feeling her up. Neeman broke up the fight. When Neeman saw Selene he had an immediate attraction to her. Neeman stops Selene by grabbed her arm for which she does rebel and starts dancing again. This time Neeman picks her up and threw her over his shoulder, He continued to ask Selene where her master was. Selene said her master was Mason, you know the one who is mated to Lord Danika. Neeman saw red but he took Selene back to the compound and placed her into a room. Then he called Mason and let him know that he had picked up a girl named Selene. Mason said he was very busy and would be by in a couple of days. Neeman wondered how Mason would explain this to Lord Danika. Mason comes to see Selene and then sets Neeman straight. Selene is his sister. Neeman gets sent out on a mission to locate a Demon that had been spotted. Neeman and his men found the Demon in a bath filled with blood and dead female vampires loaded up in the basement. Neman takes the Demon in and before they leave he puts a collar on the Demon. When Neeman arrives back at the compound and begins questioning him. He gets called away to the Manor house. While Neeman was gone Selene went into question the Demon and her inter Demon was quickly overtaking her Selene was losing control to Seraphina her Demon. When Seraphina took over she killed the Demon and it wasn't too long before the compound was overtaken by a group of Demons. The first demon had been one the others could trace and find the compound. Pretty soon fighting had started layers upon layers of the compound where beginning to collapse Selene and a group of men made it down to the bottom level where the workout place was there was a secret exit and she had them exit there but before she could get away the ceiling came down one here and broke her ankle. Selene prepared to die but Neeman ran in and tried to lift the concrete. He couldn't free her he was too week. So, so much violence and passion left out. You must pick up a copy. It's awesome. Was given a copy for an honest review.