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We meet them again in “Invasion”. Out of abundant desire to protect the groups, Garret and Kurt seduce Parker into the magic spell. The spell was not completely successful and their auras seem to have become bound together. This is dangerous because it weakened their main powers, while adding some characteristics of each one in the other. Each was left in confusion as each began to have experiences and desires of the other. Parker tries to get her mentor Mage, Fedor, to undo the spell, but his efforts are not quite successful, though offering hope.
The main threads of the book include the effects of the spell on the strength and perceived power of the leaders and their vulnerability to leadership challenges. The other thread is the return of Melera from capture at home, and Parker’s dedication not to lose her again. He and his colleagues very strongly help her to defeat her pursuer, who wanted to recapture her, but also meant to target Earth for invasion. Melera has her own private mission and, we must recall, also has some skills of her own.
There are happy endings for all – for the spell, and their personal and joint interrelationships. The last Chapter ‘Forever Bound’ in very suggestive as we meet the characters in another time and place. Six hundred years later, the world has changed, and the concerns are not as pressing as in the past. Though Garrett died 15 years after the group last met, technological advances allow the three to make it the group the ‘four musketeers’ forever-bound, and ‘gallivanting all over the cosmos’.
I enjoyed reading this book. Here are some of the issues which drew out my emotions, mostly pleasant. The idea behind the tryst spell; and its eventual settlement; the concept of the 4 musketeers; the danger to each other’s powers and how they handled it; the excitement that was Melera; and enjoying Parker’s heroism. I also like Fedor’s ‘coolness’ in his general demeanor.to bring the leaders together and trying to undo the spell. The sexual encounter between Garrett and Basile was a stunner. Almost a whole chapter, I was glad that Garret did not have more occasions to show her “submissiveness’. Basile’s introduction to the reader and the final revelation is mysterious and distracting – it forced me to question the manner of the introduction and revelation.
I like how the story itself undulated around the characters thereby holding the reader lightly entranced, expectant but not breathtakingly so.
In a basic plot that involves several sub- or perhaps concurrently developing co-plots the story develops as follows: Kurt, the Vampire Master of Seattle, Parker, his alpha male werewolf pack leader and Garrett Larkin the powerful mage witch of the local Coven join together to perform a tryst to restore peace and stop the annihilation of the members of their aberrant type residing in the area. The spell they attempted did produce the desired effect. However, it did not work exactly as it should have and each had gained part of each other’s powers leaving each weakened in the powers called for in their positions. This was especially significant for Kurt who could be challenged in a winner-take-all struggle for his powerful position. Garett asks her mentor Feodor to help. Results are mixed and more attempts continue to be made. Simultaneously, Parker becomes enamored of Melera, who is from another planet and she is one who realizes that Mag Beloc, from still a different planet, has decided that earth will be the perfect place to set up his empire to run his nefarious enterprises. Additionally, the reader discovers that Kurt has ‘feelings’ for Parker, but also is involved with Garrett, who enjoys being the recessive in Dom situations; Parker is in an arrangement of necessity with his female wolf partner, who in turn is jealous of his relationship with Melera; Jealous Regents sense Kurt’s possible loss of powers and offer challenges; the intergalactic confrontation takes place; and eventually all of the plots and sub-/co-plots coalesce to form a fascinating whole.
At first glance an attempt to amalgamate into one entity so many seemingly widely diverse activities would seem an impossible task. Instead, the author has juggled these various complications together in a manner as magical as the activities indulged in by her characters. And she has presented them as being performed by surprisingly interestingly described characters. A fascinating read for anyone enjoying escape from reality.
They are all really struggling with the same thing: which is keeping their individual pack or groups together. There is so much animosity and hostility between the group. They are growing frustrated, and it is ripping them apart. There is a significant movement against the humans. For better or worse they are trying to stay together and keep things as normal as they can be.
This book had a fascinating overall theme. This theme was power and its positive and negative effects. It shows that the choices that leaders make really affect people in their groups or people under their control. It reminds us that leadership is challenging role and not one to be taken lightly.
Overall this book is super unique and different than what is out their right now in the market. I am unsure that there is a category or genre of this individual book. The writer is witty and has a way with words that really impressed me. There is also a crazy vivid imagination which is needed in this world of over saturation of books. I believe this is the type of book you really need to enjoy organically without a ton of information or spoilers. I really hope you will check out this fun and quirky book!