Award-winning Harrison is back with the second half of her intense, dark and enthralling duology, which features the climax of an ancient ongoing war. The various characters in these novels have been fighting for so long it has damaged them on many levels. Harrison’s ability to craft multilayered characters as well as a believable, absorbing mythos makes her one of the best in the business.
Former ER doctor Mary’s life has been completely upended. Shaken out of her normal life, she’s just started to remember that she is actually half of a reincarnated team of extraterrestrial ancients who came to Earth centuries ago. Healed with the help of a dragon, Mary is remembering more of her previous lives with her lover, Michael, and their unending fight to stop their ancient enemy, the Deceiver. Of the original extraterrestrial teams, only Michael, Mary and the enigmatic Astra remain. The Deceiver continues to gain power by devouring human souls, but he knows that he must destroy Michael and Mary before they reach Astra, who can help them consolidate their power against him. The final battle is joined! (BERKLEY SENSATION, Feb., 304 pp., $7.99)