Viehl takes her world featuring the Darkyn and gives it a serious twist by changing the focus to the Kyndred. Secrecy and conspiracy are the name
of the game in this offshoot of Viehl's popular series. This multitalented author keeps the suspense elevated by having events unfold from different perspectives, all on a collision course. There are exciting new directions to explore.
Jessa Bellamy's tragic and highly unusual past lead her to create
a secretive online support group for
individuals like her, which she calls the Takyn. All of them share a similar background. They were adopted out by the Catholic church and miraculously survived a fatal accident or illness. Jessa's gift, which she calls Shadowlight, allows her glimpses into a person's past.
Jonah Genaro is using his conglomerate GenHance to attempt to create super-beings through DNA manipulation. Unfortunately for his subjects, they don't survive. Jessa is his latest target, until she's rescued by a mysterious man named Mattias who claims to want to protect her. But Mattias has his own secrets to hide. (ONYX, Oct., 336 pp., $7.99)