Auren finally meets Shai, Kado’s daughter, but she is too weak from her months of torture to escape the reconciliation center. Makari takes over Shai’s cleansing sessions, but that means Auren will face daily torture again. To make things worse, Makari disappears and Auren is given a task that means taking the life of someone she loves.
Face to face with Shai, Kado’s daughter Auren resolves to rescue her alongside herself and her father. Shia is beaten after long months of torture, but not broken. Auren’s arrival gives her the strength to hold on. The glimpses of Shia are a good parallel to what Auren would have faced if not for Makari and provide a strong comparison point to her own suffering.
Compassion and strength are required as Auren’s father lays a terrible promise on her, she must survive at any cost. Stark choices in dark times are a good staple of a strong tale and while Auren knows this to be true, she will do anything she can to avoid.
With no other choice Auren must ensure Shia is strong enough to escape and travel, entrusting her care and recovery to Makari, leaving her in the hands of more zealous guides. There is a strength in fear and helping others which shines through in Auren actions and her desire to help Shia. These styles of characters are always a pleasure to read, they grow in strength with each page and story.
Escape and a release, lose and freedom await Auren and Makari. Separated Auren and Markari must find there own path before meeting once more.
Renee Scattergood lives in Australia with her husband, Nathan, and daughter, Taiya. She has always been a fan of fantasy and was inspired to become a story-teller by George Lucas, but didn’t start considering writing down her stories until she reached her late twenties. Now she enjoys writing fantasy. She is currently publishing her monthly Shadow Stalker series, and she has also published a prequel novella to the series called, Demon Hunt. Aside from writing, she loves reading (Fantasy, of course), watching movies with her family, and doing crafts and science experiments with her daughter.
You can also read a review of Shadow Stalker Ep 9 Turning Tides here.