Touch of Evil Authors: C. T. Adams and Cathy Clamp Series: Thrall 1 Publisher: Tor Books, October 14, 2014 Format: Trade Paperback and eBook, 352 pages List Price: $14.99 (print) ISBN: 9780765377821 (print) Review Copy: Provided by the Publisher
The USA Today bestselling first volume in the Thrall series, for the first time in trade paperback
The alien vampires known as the Thrall classify most humans as Prey, save for a few who survive the bite of the parasite. People like Kate Reilly, whose latent psychic powers were activated by the vampire's venom when she was attacked a few years ago. Kate is Not Prey, and safe.
Or is she? The Thrall Queen intends to make Kate her successor, despite Kate's hatred of the vampires.
All is not bleak in Kate’s world. Her downstairs neighbor, Tom, is a hunky firefighter who arouses her senses…including the ones that tell her he's not human. Tom’s a werewolf—and his pack knows how to protect Kate from the Thrall Queen. The problem? The last time Kate trusted a man she loved, he betrayed her to the Thrall and nearly got her killed.
Action, adventure, romance, and thrills—everything readers want from the USA Today bestselling authors who are also Cat Adams, creator of the Blood Singer series—are all on display in Touch of Evil.
This is a great series! It has everything I love: a kick-ass woman, a complex world, and complex history. Adams and Clamp have reimagined what a vampire is: a parasite with a hive mind. So cool! I love when authors take something familiar and turn it on its head! (They’ve also reimagined werewolves too!) Kate Reilly, a former pro volleyball player turned landlord and air courier is the best new fiction character out there! She is strong, capable, and not afraid to get her hands dirty. Kate’s status is officially Not Prey. This means a few things: the Thrall cannot lie to her and must treat her as an equal, she cannot fight with a gun only, and cannot hide or run from a challenge. If she does not abide by these rules she will lose her Not Prey status.
Kate’s new tenant, named Tom is a werewolf. The two are attracted to each other but it’s not just that…they respect and admire each other too. Tom is an awesome character and is the perfect foil for Kate. He doesn’t rush in and try to rearrange her life, doesn’t try to save her from her problems. He just loves her. As Kate and Tom’s relationship deepens, we learn the dynamics of these unique werewolves. Not only does Kate have Tom calling her, but her ex is also calling her, wanting her to find his niece. (The ex that Kate tried to save from the previous Thrall Queen. This ex, Dylan, is now a Thrall Host.) Kate accepts the job, and that’s when all hell breaks loose.
There isn’t a dull moment in this book and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. Hats off to Adams and Clamp! They've produced a totally unique story. I can’t wait to see what happens to Kate in Touch of Madness!