After buying an antique puzzle box, Dela Reese is astounded when a seven-foot warrior with multicolored hair appears after it's been opened. For 2000 years, Hari, who comes from a nearly extinct race of shape-shifters, has served the box's owners. After losing a battle long ago with an evil magi, Hari was no longer able to take on his tiger shape.

Decades ago Dela's family formed Dirk & Steele, an organization that finds others like themselves who possess spe-cial psychic abilities. But Hari's evil magi is still alive and demands a final confrontation. Plus, someone seems equally determined to kill Dela.

A star is born! If you're a fan of first-rate paranormal romantic adventures, then you've just hit the jackpot. Liu is an amazing new voice: ingenious, fresh and utterly spellbinding. The characters—despite being shape-shifters and psychics—feel real, quite complex and very sympathetic. The plot features an amazing blend of genies, shape-shifters, evil mages, psychic detectives, dark drama, murder, betrayal, romance, passion and danger—basically everything you could want in a book. (Mar., 352 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith