RELEASE DATE: April 9, 2015
BLURB: Twenty years ago the UK’s water supply was contaminated with an experimental pathogen, Lycanaeris, causing widespread panic across the nation. Terrorism was suspected but never proven, and when nothing happened–no epidemic, no unexplained illnesses–the whole episode was written off as an elaborate hoax. But Lycanaeris was selective. Only those of a certain age, and with a specific gene in their DNA were infected. Time would reveal the pathogen’s true nature, when those susceptible grew up Altered.
Daniel is one of thousands forced to hide his altered status by living a quiet life. He’s not like the others, though. Daniel can’t help looking so distinctive or being able to see every altered for what they really are. To those abducting altereds, that skill makes him valuable. For Jordan, shifting from human to wolf means living under the radar to avoid unwanted attention. Meeting Daniel complicates matters. Daniel’s existence is a threat to Jordan and his friends, but Jordan can’t seem to shake the strange connection between them. When danger threatens, there’s little time for Daniel and Jordan to work out their feelings before lives are at stake.
Recently, I have been fortunate to read a very good fantasy novel. When I read the reviews for the first book in this series, I decided that I would read it as soon as possible. Then, a few nights ago, I had the pleasure of speaking with the author who gave me the honor of reviewing both the original novel “Altered” and its sequel, “Altered2,” which will be released today.
“Altered” was not intended initially to be part of a series, but rather a single novel. However, the author felt the characters could be further developed. She has done a wonderful job here!
The first book begins 20 years after a significant event occurred in the UK—a contamination that has caused genetic mutations in the population. Some people of a certain age undergo physical changes that may turn them into wolves—shifters. Others have the gift of a Seer, allowing them to recognize shifters upon sight. The shifters are always alert and try to hide themselves because even after so many years have passed since that event, there are still people trying to capture them for study. Obviously, their sworn enemies are the Seers, who are able to identify shifters even under their human guise.
The story unfolds from the meeting of Daniel and Jordan one night in a bar. Jordan is a shifter who lives with friends Sam, Keira, and Charlie. Sam and Keira are full shifters. Charlie, however, is a half-shifter—a person infected with the virus who never takes the full form of a wolf, but rather displays partial features like fangs and claws. Daniel is a seer who lives with his best friend Matt, a half-shifter, and Ash, an ordinary guy who moved in with them after being kicked out of his previous house.
Despite being affected by mutations and therefore viewed as “altered” by ordinary people, a Seer is also considered an enemy by others who have been mutated because a Seer can recognize and expose them. Hence, Seers do not belong to either of these worlds. Although the government has declared that the draft study was closed and all the documentation has been destroyed, Seers continue to be hunted and recruited to flush out shifters.
The relationship between Jordan and Daniel begins with mistrust on both sides, albeit for different reasons. Both species are in constant danger, so it is not surprising that suspicion exists between the two boys—suspicion that is also fueled by their many friends.
Various characters meet and blend well with each other.
In the first book there is more action. The suspense runs parallel to the plot of the romantic story between Jordan and Daniel. What I like is that even though it appears clear from the outset that Jordan and Daniel are mate, there is still tension in the construction of their relationship. It doesn’t happen all at once but evolves gradually.
This first volume is a great mix of action, suspense and romance that keeps the reader glued till the last page.