Before the Witches: An Original Novella
by Karina Cooper
Series: Dark Mission
Publication Date: 5/17/2011
My Rating: 5 STARS
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In America, they didn't care about witches. But all that was about to change. Katya Zhuvova fled a country that feared her gifts, but her escape to Seattle left her at the mercy of a ruthless man. With no one left to turn to, Katya hatches a desperate escape plan. Undercover Detective Nigel Ferris is determined to bring down a prostitution ring, whatever the cost. In order to the get answers he needs, he attempts to win the trust of one of the prostitutes involved—but one look at the deceptively sultry Katya and the cool, objective cop disappears. Before either can put their plans into place, Mother Nature shrugs: a cataclysm rocks Seattle, and life is turned upside down.
Brought together by chance, Nigel and Katya are in the fight for their lives. Surrounded by death and fear, shattered by immeasurable loss, they have only a bond forged in fire to cling to as they struggle to survive in a world gone straight to hell.
If the making of this prequel novella of the upcoming debut of Blood of the Wicked was entice and make us itch for the start of this series, Cooper has done it! Wow!! We are introduced to Ekaterina Zhuvova aka Katya, a witch who can read people well and have visions, and Nigel Ferris, a Seattle cop. Nigel has been investigating Mikoyan who runs brothels around the area and he has been working hard to shut them down. At the same time, strange earthquakes are happening all over the world. Volcanos are erupting and ash clouds are descending upon unsuspecting towns. It is literally, the end of the world. Nigel meets Katya on one of his raids and they are thrust together in this do or die situation as they try to survive this apocalypse.
Fast paced on-the-edge of your seat read. The smoldering romance between Katya and Nigel will have you fanning yourself. This novella has it all wrapped up in a tiny package and leaves you anticipating Cooper’s Dark Mission novels (the first book, Blood of the Wicked, will be on sale May 31).
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