reviewed by: VKProductions 7/22/2010
It is not often that I come across a book that manages to keep my attention for more than five to ten minutes these days, but this book certainly did that. It is the story of Kelsa Philips and her quest to heal damage done by a virus that is wiping out trees, and the choices she has to make, good or bad, to accomplish that goal.
The story starts out as many others, with a familiar reference, in this case a funeral of a loved one, Kelsa’s father. She is a typical teenager and reacts as anyone would imagine, until Raven appears, asking her to help him. At first Kelsa thinks he’s a pervert and wants nothing to do with him, she soon realizes, however, that things aren’t always as they seem, and Raven, is able to change shape and manufacture objects out of thin air. He is also able to manipulate the perception of those around him, and uses that to assist Kelsa in her ultimate goal.
Raven is a being known through the ages as the Trickster (conjuring up visions of Loki from ancient Norse mythos) he convinces Kelsa that magic does indeed exist and that she must use it to heal the world, and get the magic to Alaska, so that Raven may finish the job, along the way she is chased by a biker gang, working for the enemies of those who would help heal this plague.
It is a fast paced, in depth look at a world we all hope will never come to be, with constant surveillance, paranoia and fear mongering at every corner. Hillari Bell brings it to life in a way that makes it seem a little less scary, and definitely a little less wanted. This book is recommended for anyone who has a few hours to spare on a good entertaining story.