I’m thrilled to share this wonderfully dark fantasy with you all today. It’s called Takakush by Raine Reiter!
Read on for an excerpt and a chance to win an amazing giveaway – A copy of the book AND a bunch of swag!
Takakush: Genus Magic #1
Rating: 4/5 stars
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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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.
About the Author
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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*Spoiler free review*
I’ve always loved reading about the magical beliefs of different cultures. In fact, the magic system – and how intrinsically it’s tied to nature – is what first drew me to this story. I have never before read a story surrounding the belief system of Lithuanian peoples, and I found this depiction absolutely fascinating. This story truly had me on the edge of my seat the entire time.
On top of the gripping premise behind this story, this book’s cover is absolutely stunning. The cover is what first caught my eye and I’m thrilled to say that its contents more than met my expectations.
While there is a lot of information thrown at the reader from the get go, it all comes to play within this short (at least compared to many stories I usually pick up) story. I’m glad that I’ve gotten into the habit of taking notes while I’m reading because they certainly helped me take a step back and process what I’d read before moving on. This processing truly helped me understand the twists and turns that kept getting thrown my way.
For those of you who don’t obsessively take notes to ensure you don’t miss something in the story because of your habit to speed read through books that have you in their thrall, Reiter did a fantastic job at making it possible to keep track of what’s going on. This story is written in the third person, with multiple perspectives clearly labeled throughout. While this is something that’s hard to get right, Reiter managed to absolutely nail the third person multiple perspective narrative. Every part had its meaning and each character’s perspective helped move the story forward in a unique way.
Urban fantasy – especially the subgenre of dark urban fantasy – continues to be one of my favourite genres. Reiter did a fantastic job at proving, yet again, why I feel this way. I highly recommend giving this darker read a try if you haven’t already.
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