When Detective Ernie Benasco runs into the young man he's been tailing in connection to the bombing of a Bay Area witches' coven, he thinks he's had a stroke of luck. Danny Heller is a member of the mysterious "Shadow Clan" community. The group's leader is Danny's older brother, Tuyouk, a dangerously charismatic individual with a well-known grudge against witches. Danny is a nervous talker, and once he gets going, babbles all kinds of things he probably shouldn't. He claims that Tuyouk is really an eight-foot tall, shape-shifting alien from a planet called Ahman-tahk. Naturally, Ernie believes that Danny is certifiable and stalls him, pretending to listen to his story while waiting for his partner to arrive so they can stow the kid in a nice, safe, padded cell. The Gods of Ahman-tahk is the prologue of an original series that moves between Danny and Ernie's conversation in present day Oakland, and the story of Tuyouk's early life as a shape-shifting, guerrilla warrior on his home planet who has become romantically entangled with the cruel and powerful Empress Belall. As Danny tells it, all the magical violence in the Bay Area is a result of Tuyouk's twisted love affair with Belall. When he betrays her by leading her enemies in an attack on her palace, Belall vows revenge, and through wars, wormholes, and different dimensions, has not stopped pursuing him yet.
About the Author
A California native, Maria Mathis lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and works as an elementary school teacher. In her spare time, she writes fantasy fiction and is an avid horsewoman.