As Willem Stone is being tortured by terrorists, his mind takes him to another world—Sarafina's world—and it all seems so real. Somehow he is able to see her, and he knows instinctively she can sense him too. Later he watches, horrified, as she is turned into a vampire.

Awakening in a hospital room, Willem convinces himself Sarafina was merely fantasy, until occurrences from his present prove otherwise. When he finds Sarafina, she's not quite as he saw her. Though he has feelings for her, she's spent the majority of her time putting up walls. Sarafina counted on her "spirit advisor" twice, and then he disappeared. When she meets Willem in the flesh she doesn't want to open herself up to hurt again. She knows she is strong, but he seems beyond her strength.

Maggie Shayne has a talent for taking characters born in fantasy and making them come alive and seem very real. This thrilling read is no exception. (Mar., 400 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Debbie Richardson