Magical beings have been banned from the Golden City for decades, though many live there in secret. Now humans and nonhumans alike are in danger as evil stalks the streets, growing more powerful with every kill….
It’s been two weeks since Oriana Paredes was banished from the Golden City. Police consultant Duilio Ferreira, who himself has a talent he must keep secret, can’t escape the feeling that, though she’s supposedly returned home to her people, Oriana is in danger.
Adding to Duilio’s concerns is a string of recent murders in the city. Three victims have already been found, each without a mark upon her body. When a selkie under his brother’s protection goes missing, Duilio fears the killer is also targeting nonhuman prey.
To protect Oriana and uncover the truth, Duilio will have to risk revealing his own identity, put his trust in some unlikely allies, and consult a rare and malevolent text known as The Seat of Magic….
The mesmerizing sequel to The Golden City shows the deepening relationship between two non-humans living clandestinely in an alternate early-1900s Portugal. Though mer-folk such as beautiful sereia Oriana Paredes and half-selkie Duilio Ferreira are officially banned from the mainland, they choose to live there and use their superhuman abilities to protect their friends. The two are brought together by their mutual attraction and the discovery that someone is butchering sea-folk to steal their supernatural powers, part of a plot to gain control of the throne. Despite a somewhat rambling plot, Cheney assembles the necessary details to build convincing scenes of unpleasant things happening to the believable, fallible, mostly sympathetic characters. Oriana and Duilio's efforts to stop the grotesque mutilations turn out to be less interesting than their attempts to figure out what future they have together.