I’m thrilled to share this wonderfully dark fantasy with you all today. It’s called Takakush by Raine Reiter!
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Takakush: Genus Magic #1
Publication Date: January 25th, 2021
Genre: Mature YA/ NA/ Urban (Dark) Fantasy
When Professor Elena Lukas returns to her cozy Pacific Northwest hometown with a broken heart, she’s plunged back into the fate she tried to escape. Like her mother and grandmother before her, Elena must now dedicate her life to a powerful ancient Lithuanian goddess.
Although she is prepared to live as a priestess hiding in a contemporary tourist town, she arrives to find that a series of so-called animal attacks have terrorized her forest.
With the help of a handsome detective from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Elena uses her expertise in invasive and endangered species to identify that these are no normal animal attacks. The woods are stalked by a dark, mystical creature bent on ravaging the area in an attempt to quell its insatiable hunger. When her little sister goes missing, Elena realizes that the beast can only be vanquished if she is brave enough to face it in-person, embrace her identity as a high priestess, and expose her powers to the man she is growing feelings for.
Raine Reiter weaves together an empowered, female-centered narrative with rich descriptions of nature and an ever-present sense of mystery. Her vivid, flowing prose takes readers of dark fantasy into a world that looks and feels real, while still evoking the enticing paranormal creativity shared by authors such as Richelle Mead and Kat Richardson.
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I LOVED Takakush by Raine Reiter so much, when I was finished reading, I wanted to pick it up and read it again. I don’t know what I expected, but this book took me.by surprise.
I absolutely loved the characters. We swap to different POVs, and not once did I feel it unnecessary or confusing. Having the different perspectives really maximized my enjoyment of this novel.
The plot is excellent. The build up yields an amazing result. I’m so in awe of the lore that has been build in. Action, tension, magic, romance…this story has everything.
*I received a free copy of this book from R&R Book Tours to review honestly on the blog tour. All opinions are my own and unbiased.*
Crunch, rustle, crunch. Gabby turned toward the noise. “Come on, boy. Here, kitty.”
A statue stood silhouetted against a backdrop of trees. Clouds gathered in the night sky, the moonlight faded, and stars disappeared. Goosebumps rose on her arms. “Trouble?” Gabby got to her feet and stepped forward for a better look.
It took her a moment to recognize the sound; air rasping in and out. Something very close breathed.
Then the statue moved. Gabby froze.
That’s not made of stone. It’s someone.
Adrenaline hit her bloodstream with an electric jolt. Her heart sped. Gabby squeaked, short and high as a rodent in a trap. She turned and sprinted toward the house.
Raine cavorts in the wilds of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula with her dog, Luke, and writes Northwest Gothic. Her first novel Takakush will be published on Amazon in January 2021. This is the first book in the Genus Magica Series.
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