Publisher: Kimberley Clark
Publication Date: October 29, 2013
Origins: From Author for Review
Synopsis: Kira, a huntress plagued by dreams of fire and pain has worked tirelessly to rid her city of the scourge that has nearly destroyed it…nostvores, mythlend creatures with dark and vast appetites for blood and sex. She does this not only because they had killed so many people in her life, but also because she has an edge that no other human had…she has their abilities. The problem was, these abilities were killing her and she feared time was no longer on her side.
So the moment she found out that Darius, a nostvore leader was threatening to awaken an indestructible species to help him enslave all humans and mythlends, and that she may be the key to his plan, she knew her only choice was to risk her life with the little time that she had left and join her enemy to find out why, and to make sure his plan failed.
If that wasn’t dangerous enough, the more time she spends with the Vanatre nostvore Emmerich, and the mooran Kuron, who she brings with her for protection, the less she wants to kill them. Instead, she feels an unexplainable attraction towards them both, and she fears surrendering to such desire with either is a deadly game to play, for she would not only be risking her life, but quite possibly her heart.
Review: Kira is a huntress of mythlend creatures, especially nostvores who are the breed which killed her family. However, unlike any other human, she holds some of the abilities of both nostvores and lycroulds. These abilities are draining her human strength and will one day kill her...and her time is running out. Kira learns about one of the nostvore faction leaders taking steps to awaken an ancient, uncontrollable, and destructive species who he thinks will assist him in taking control of the humans and mythlends alike. She knows she must risk it all in order to ensure his plan to enslave everyone will fail. She is captured by the Vanatre faction of nostvore and the more time she spends with Emmerich, the enforcer, the more she is attracted to him. With the fate of the world on the line Kira doesn’t have the time for attraction and desire, especially to a hated mythlend. THE SPECIES WITHIN has an intriguing premise and fascinating characters. THE SPECIES WITHIN is a paranormal romance with an exquisitely complex main character in Kira, who has met her match in Emmerich. The adult situations were handled well, without being extraneous to the story at hand. I thought the paranormal/supernatural aspects, the world, and the characters were well developed. The action, romance, and suspense really brought the story to life and kept the pace moving. THE SPECIES WITHIN is a story I’d read over again.