Rising star Strong continues to explore her desolate post-apocalyptic world with a new tale of passion and imprisonment. In the aftermath of horrendous war and plague, humans have learned of the gifted among them. Strong's eloquent descriptions paint a dark and treacherous world where love and friendship may be Earth's last hope!

Named for the deadly spider tattoo that moves around her body, Arana has spent her last years under the love and protection of two pirates, Eric and Matt. But then a terrible attack leaves Eric and Matt murdered, and Arana is captured and forced to run a deadly maze.

Due to a sigil-inscribed collar, Tir has no memory of his true origins and his power is reduced. Tir just knows he hates humans with a cold-blooded passion. But all his previous assumptions are challenged when Arana unlocks the chains that hold him. Now these unlikely lovers are on a dangerous quest to discover the truth about both of their origins. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Aug., 372 pp., $15.00)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith