What do you get when you combine a no-nonsense federal agent, a high-profile murder and a demon turf war? Special Agent Kessa St. James is about to find out.
Kessa’s life takes an unexpected twist when the FBI sends her to Gig Harbor, Washington. Her orders are to keep the media off the case and assist profiler Danny Harmon. She just wants to find the senator’s killer and go home. She doesn’t expect that elements from her past would become central to the investigation, nor did she ever dream she’d wield magic. Will Kessa set logic aside and rise to her role as Adept of the Ancients, or will the demons win the war and take the world?
“Rising hooked me from the beginning and I had to keep reading. The setting and the characters made me want to stick around and live in their world. This is the reason that I read, to immerse myself in an alternate reality for a bit. Shanan Winters delivers that experience in her debut novel.” – Hillary Norton, Amazon Reviewer
“The strong female protagonist in Rising coming to discover hidden strengths all while learning to be vulnerable is completely relatable. Completely badass.” – Abby Fischer-Hess, Writer & Journalist
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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite Special Agent Kessa St. James’ life takes an unexpected twist when the FBI sends her to Gig Harbor, Washington. Her job is to keep the media off the case and assist profiler Danny Harmon. Kessa just wants to find the senator's killer and go home. She doesn't expect that elements from her past would become central to the investigation, nor did she ever dream she'd wield magic. To me, Rising: Book One of The Adept Cycle by Shanan Winters is like X-Files with magic. I absolutely love the premise. It elevates readers’ curiosity and pushes it to hang onto every word, every turn of the page, every new chapter. Let’s just say that reading this book in one sitting is most likely for everyone, especially fans of the genre. Certain elements of the story are not entirely unfamiliar, but Winters makes up for that by giving readers just that right touch of fresh spin with mystery and suspense. The plot is fast paced, perfect to give readers a thrilling read. Narration is clear cut with no superfluous parts. It took me a while to find Danny likable, but both protagonists are authentically flawed with believable strength to succeed in their goals. The enigma of the story holds well from the beginning until the end. Winters writes a gripping and very readable thriller, which features all the required suspense and plot twists. All in all, I enjoyed Rising. It’s a story very well told and a great start for The Adept Cycle series.