After her parents died in a car accident when she was just a child, Evelyn Lakewood was left alone in the world. Now grown up, she enrolls at Oxford University, where she begins to create a new, stable life.
But when she encounters Jared Calmburry, who she later discovers is an orphan with his own tragic history, the equilibrium she was striving for is thrown off. Instantly drawn to this mysterious stranger with the incredible blue eyes, and confounded by the unusual events that occur whenever they meet, Evelyn resolves to investigate further. What she finds will startle her beyond measure: an ancient legacy of magic, a centuries-old secret society, and a foreboding legend with her and Jared at its center. As she follows a cryptic trail, Evelyn will discover clues to her own painful past, answers she hadnâ€™t even been looking forâ€”and a passionate love she cannot resist despite the dangers it brings.
Lusam grew up in the relative safety of the Elveen mountains with his grandmother. She taught him the basics of magic, and discovered quite by accident, that he possessed a unique skill never seen before, the ability to hide his magical aura from the mage-sight of others. Dark secrets surround Lusam’s origins, and the dark agents of the Empire will stop at nothing to kill Lusam. But before Lusam could be taught all he needed to know about his past, his grandmother unexpectedly dies of a fever, and Lusam finds himself homeless on the unforgiving streets of Helveel. Unbeknown to Lusam, the only thing keeping him alive is a promise he made to his grandmother, to always hide his aura, no matter what. Lusam meets and befriends a young thief fleeing her old city of Stelgad, before making a magical discovery that will change both their lives forever, and possibly the fate of the entire world.
Trust no one
Never go out in the dark
Always have a weapon
Sixteen-year-old Val lives by these three rules etched on her arm. Her rules and her gun are the only things standing between her and assimilation by hordes of human-looking aliens she calls Raspers.
By day, Val gathers supplies. By night, she hides and wishes she could go back in timeâ€¦before her family diedâ€¦before the annihilationâ€¦before the Raspers began stalking her and demanding she join their collective.
But when the Raspers attack in broad daylight, the truth becomes startlingly clear.
A fellow survivor crashes into Valâ€™s life. Adamâ€™s full of charm and promisesâ€”like rumors of a safe havenâ€”but thereâ€™s something wrong. Heâ€™s survived with no supplies, no weaponsâ€¦no plans. Time is running out. With the formula for survival shifting around her, Val must decide how many rules sheâ€™s willing to break to escape the Colony.
KAREN L. ABRAHAMSON
Vallon Drake, secret agent of the American Geological Survey, finds her latest partner entombed in the wall of a parking garage that didnâ€™t exist just a few hours earlier.
The AGS protects America from the changes that foreign terrorists and the Gifted population can make to the landscape, but now Vallon must investigate not only a series of agents deaths, but also a mysterious, desert-scented, stranger with power beyond anything she knows. With his help, Vallon must unravel clues to her own past or leave Seattle the victim of a power beyond even hers to control.
Karen L. Abrahamson puts a modern twist on a Cartographer universe that lays just a half-turn of magic from the real world. A gritty adventure, set in the rainy Seattle streets, Afterburn, takes urban fantasy in a whole new direction. Readers looking for a new kind of magic, colorful characters, and a mysterious stranger to fall in love with, will find Afterburn delivers!