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Altera Realm has been at war for well over a century and is connected to the Human Realm by a portal and no human knows it exists. It is home to the five old and great races—Magic Users, Lycins, Vampires, Daemons, and Shifters. Each race is an entity of their own with its own life purpose, rulers and guarded secrets.
Syney is the prophesized “chosen one”, the one destined to end the over hundred-year war and become queen of the Magic Users. Not that Syney wants to rule or even knows anything about Altera. Falling in love with her Lycin Protector, a crime punishable by death, only serves to make matters worse and Syney’s new life more complicated
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Welcome to the Altera Realm, a world that lives alongside our own, albeit in another dimension so to speak. Syney was born in that realm, the last of a line of rulers. Her mother, in order that the line might continue, sent her out of time and place--to the human realm in the future, where Syney is discovered and adopted by a human couple, not knowing anything of her past or the fact that at 18 she comes into magical powers--and is the Chosen One who is prophesized to bringing the discordant parts of her home back together.
The Altera Realm is made up of five races: Magic Users, Lycins (the protectors of the Magic Users), Vampires, Daemons, and Shifters. Plots and intrigues about--and as in any court, political machinations behind the scenes. The ruling queen and her heir-apparent are not happy with the idea that someone is coming to take the throne--Chosen One or not. They are not willing to give up without a fight and some pretty underhanded dealings.
A lot is covered in this book--and it's not a short book. There's a lot that goes on and a lot of characters. It's interesting to see the world through several of their eyes--the author chooses a different character each chapter to be the point of view character. It's interesting seeing what is happening through them.
The author does a good job at building the new world--the relationships between the different races make sense and it's easy to see from the backstory she slips in how the Altera Realm came to be splintered.
This is the first book of the series, so there is not a neat wrapping up of endings. I mention that only because there are some who don't like open-ended books in series. Me? It makes me just that much anxious to read the second book in the series. 4 stars
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She took an uneasy breath and looked up, catching Hunter’s gaze across from her, where he stood in the next aisle. The uneasiness receded a little, but not entirely as it had before. She offered him a weak smile.
Hunter gave her an odd look before walking around the corner to stand next to her. “Are you all right?”
Syney glanced around just as a younger guy walked in, flanked by another guy and a girl. The main one was thin with messy black hair and the cockiest look Syney had ever seen. His two wingmen looked down-and-out mean, with a side of evil. The guy was big and solid; the girl was short and petite. Syney had a feeling the girl could still kick her ass.
Syney looked back at Hunter. “Something bad is about to happen.”
Hunter looked over at the newcomers, his eyes darkening. “Get behind the counter, and stay there.” He looked deep into her eyes. “Trust no one but me.”
Syney glanced back and caught the lead guy’s gaze. He smiled, so sure of himself. His eyes flashed gold, and he started to change. Syney couldn’t believe her eyes. One second he was a cocky man, and the next his white skin became sleek black fur. He dropped down and growled through his large white teeth. He had changed into a sleek black panther. Syney stared at him in shock. It wasn’t possible, yet it had happened.
“What the—” she started, but was cut off by Hunter’s large hands pushing her behind the large white counter.
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