This book came highly recommended from J. Kaye’s Book Blog. I am always looking for new authors to read, and this is the very first book by Kalayna Price.
Kita Nekai, a shape shifter (her form – calico cat) from the realm of Firth finds herself in a town called Haven after being on the run from Firth for the past five years. Hunters have been dispersed to bring her home and after nearly dying at the hands of one, she wakes up underground – turned to a vampire. The man that finds her and changes her, Nathaniel is a bit of a mystery. We know that he is 400 years old, is not big into vampire politics and just a bit smexy. Kita wants nothing to do with being a vampire, yet Nathaniel feels responsible and won’t leave her. Himself, along with Bobby, Kita’s former lover, who has also been looking for her, are together when a judge shows up and declares Kita guilty of attacking and wounding a human into a rogue shifter, who is now menacing humans. They take a deal – two days to find the rogue, or Kita, Bobby and Nathaniel get sentenced to death. The trio, along with Gil, a mage student who is sent to study Kita and whose magic comes in quite handy, set off to find the rogue before the sentence can be carried out.
One of the best aspects of this book is that Kalayna Price leaves you asking (maybe begging a bit) for more. She gives you little bits and pieces of the world and the politics of both shifters and vampires. Just enough so you start formulating dozens of questions in your mind. What and where exactly is Firth? What is Nathaniel’s history and why did he devote so much of himself to change and save Kita’s life? Where did this judge come from? Will Kita ever go back to Firth?
This book is straight up urban fantasy. No sex, no bad language – wait – why did I like this book? Just kidding…there is definitely sexual tension between Nathaniel and Kita at the end. Poor Bobby – after Kita left Firth, he mated with another female, but it seems he has yet get over Kita which leads to some amusing tension between Nathaniel and him. I really enjoyed Kita – a very no nonsense, tough girl who after years of being on her own now needs to depend on others. I am eagerly awaiting the next book!
You can get more information at Kalayna Price’s website.