Amazon • Narrator: Rob Shapiro
They are called Feral Warriors—an elite band of immortals who can change shape at will. Sworn to rid the world of evil, consumed by sorcery and seduction, their wild natures are primed for release . . . Kara MacAllister's quiet small-town life is transformed forever the night a powerful stranger rips her from her home, claiming she is the chosen one—the key to his survival. Spiriting her away into the rain-soaked night, Lyon reveals a truth Kara can barely credit. She's immortal, and the only one who can save his race. And deep within her, he arouses a fierce, primal hunger beyond anything she's ever imagined. But only when their lives are threatened by an ancient evil will Kara and Lyon realize they have found a love they would risk their immortal souls to claim . . . and a powerful desire that could never, ever be tamed.
I really disliked this book. It had a lot of potential but the execution was terrible. The narrator was okay but the audiobook was a chore to get through.
Kara lived her life as human until a man shows up at her house claiming she is a “radiant” and savior of his race. This man, Lyon, explained that Kara wasn’t really a human but a Therian, a race that protects humans but they are being hunted by demons. The Therians had a group of soldiers called Feral Warriors that protected the race. The feral warriors were shifters but they had to be in close proximity with the radiant in order to shift and have full use of their individual strengths.
There was only one radiant and she was to be mated to one of the warriors. Only through mating the warrior, can the radiant “Ascend” to her full magical powers. The radiant had to kiss and be subjected to ALL 9 of the warriors’ touches before her mate was revealed. It’s a fated mate thing revealed once they are intimately touching. Honestly, the whole act to “Ascend” was so ridiculous. Everything was just steeped in sexual contact that overshadowed the story. It just seemed like Kara was the house chew toy. The warriors treated her poorly, the demons were trying to kill her, and she was just trying to figure out her place in this new world.
I didn’t like that the author never explained why Kara was he chosen to save the race. So much wasn’t explained in this book. Why is there only one radiant and there are 9 warriors who need mates. How these warriors lived with a traitor and the whole thing with the doubles. Frankly, the writing was poor, the story wasn’t entertaining, and the nothing made sense. I saw a review comparing this series to BDB, that’s just straight up blasphemy. However, the idea of the story has potential, so I will read book 2 to see if there are some explanations. I won’t continue after book 2 unless the story is much tighter!
*Special thanks to Tantor Audio for the audiobook, which was given in exchange for an honest review.