With the fragile interspecies peace that followed the War With No Name under assault from land and sea, Sheba and Mort(e) have no choice but to take up their arms and enter once again into the conflict that threatened to tear them apart.
“Repino's dog, cat, and beaver soldiers are nakedly real, as honest as any characters in modern fiction. As horrible as it may sound, may The War With No Name never end."
—Corey Redekop, author of Husk
In the aftermath of the War With No Name, the Colony has been defeated, its queen lies dead, and the world left behind will never be the same. In her madness, the queen used a strange technology to uplift the surface animals, turning dogs and cats, bats and bears, pigs and wolves into intelligent, highly evolved creatures who rise up and kill their oppressors. And now, after years of bloodshed, these sentient beasts must learn to live alongside their sworn enemies—humans.
Far removed from this newly emerging civilization, a housecat turned war hero named Mort(e) lives a quiet life with the love he thought he had lost, a dog named Sheba. But before long, the chaos that they escaped comes crashing in around them. An unstoppable monster terrorizes a nearby settlement of beavers. A serial killer runs amok in the holy city of Hosanna. An apocalyptic cult threatens the fragile peace. And a mysterious race of amphibious creatures rises from the seas, intent on fulfilling the Colony’s destiny and ridding the world of all humans. No longer able to run away, Sheba and Mort(e) rush headlong into the conflict, ready to fight but unprepared for a world that seems hell-bent on tearing them apart. In the twilight of all life on Earth, love survives, but at a cost that only the desperate and the reckless are willing to pay.
In Repino's fantastic follow-up to 2015's Mort(e), human civilization is in ruins after the ants started the "war with no name," elevating the abilities and intelligence of other animals to help them in their fight. House-cat-turned-warrior Mort(e), who, with the help of the human/animal resistance, killed the ant queen, now lives with his friend, the dog Sheba, on a quiet ranch where they raise docile alpha ants. When a spiderlike creature threatens a nearby beaver village, the beavers ask for Mort(e)'s assistance, but he's not keen on leaving his quiet life. However, Sheba, desperate to venture beyond the ranch, wants to help. Meanwhile, in nearby Hosanna, a killer is on the loose, and water creatures called sarcops are ascending from the deep to eradicate humanity. Once again, Mort(e) may be the only one who can save the day. Sheba (who renames herself D'arc), with her genuine goodness and wide-eyed fascination with everything, is immensely likable. Curmudgeonly, weary Mort(e) carries the weight of this brave new world firmly on his shoulders. Well-drawn characters and emotional heft are hallmarks of this unusual series about the power of myth, love, and redemption in a dangerous time.