Series: Descendant Prophecies
Author: Mary Ting
Genre: Urban Fantasy
***2013 InD’Tale RONE Award Finalist for YA****
Did you just see a flash of lightning across the sky on a clear sunny day?
Don’t blame Mother Nature.
Skylar Rome can’t wait to spend her last summer before college with her cousin, Kayla. Everything changes when they meet the Grand brothers. Skylar is sure she should stay away from Mason Grand, but their attraction is undeniable. Then Skylar’s life erupts into turmoil. She steps into a world where descendants of ancient gods have super powers, evil beings chase her, and questions arise about her own identity. She is running out of time and running for her life, while trying to unravel the mystery of what they want from her.
Forced into a battle set into motion long before she was born, will Skylar find the answers she seeks, or will she die trying?
“Shhhh!” Mason whispered. “They’ll hear you.”
Is he crazy? And how did he get to me so fast? Skylar’s eyes were wide and confused.
When he noticed her expression, Mason gestured his head to her house. “Something is in there.”
Sure enough, the front door loomed open. Skylar shook her head and mumbled against his hand. Unable to hear her, Mason released his hand and lowered both of them down beside the car.
“That’s my cousin’s house.” Skylar panicked. Why had he said “something” instead of someone? As sounds of crashing objects and loud inhuman groans filled her ears, she trembled. She had never witnessed a break-in before. “We’re being robbed? Call the police.”
“The police can’t help.”
“What do you mean ‘the police can’t help?’ We can’t just stand here.” Skylar narrowed her eyes at him, thinking he had lost his mind. “Listen.” She stood up.
Mason yanked her down. “Shhh, they will hear you.”
“I don’t care if they hear me. Then maybe they’ll leave.”
“Trust me, they won’t.”
“Trust you?” Skylar scoffed.
“They aren’t what you think.” Mason sat on the cement with his back against the car. “How did I miss them?” he mumbled, raking his hair back and then standing up.
“How did you miss them? Are they your friends? What’s going on?” Skylar’s voice rang out in the quiet night. She didn’t care that he’d asked her to keep her voice down. Maybe if she talked loud enough, they would be scared off and just leave.
Mason rolled his eyes. “Great. Now you’ve got their attention. Run!”
Two men stood outside the doorway, obviously searching for where the voices had come from. They turned and spotted Skylar dead on. What they did next seemed impossible, but it was real. They morphed into beast-like forms.
She stood frozen, unable to believe her eyes. Incapable of moving of her own will, a powerful yank on her arm forced her out of her trance. Mason had seized her wrist as he began to run. Wobbling and unable to run as fast with her two-inch heels on, she swiftly pulled them off as she ran and hooked the back straps over her fingers. They were her favorite pair, and even with monsters behind her, she couldn’t let them go. Besides, how would she explain losing her shoes?
Looking over her shoulder to see who—or what—she was dashing madly away from, she saw two hideous creatures on their tail. Skylar was glad Mason had made her start running. Their grotesque body structures appeared to be half beast and half human. Their arms and legs bulged, like steroids gone wrong. With distorted heads, their bulging yellow eyes glowed as bright as headlights on a car and their humongous mouths were even too big for their faces. They roared through their shark-like teeth, charging ahead, both with a look that showed no thoughts of mercy.
A mysterious stranger enters Skylar’s inner circle, destroying her precarious peace. She begins college amid new secrets, emerging powers, fresh dangers, and a potential stepfather.
In New Olympus, a hidden dwelling place for descendants of the gods, she finally gets answers. But can she trust them? Skylar and the Grand family must work together with these descendants to discover the key to their rescue from the evolving, evil vultures of Hades.
As the threat increases, Skylar must learn to control her newfound powers and decide who to trust before it’s too late.
***Ms. Ting seamlessly blends classic mythology with contemporary college-life, and heightens the stakes against seemingly impossible odds. Without a doubt, this author rocks at world building! – InD’tale Magazine
Faced with an impossible choice, Skylar and the other descendants embark on a deadly quest to the underworld to confront Hades, who has been plotting to kill them all.
They discover the ancient gods are not dead, as once believed, but are instead held captive in a secret location. In order to save the world from destruction at the hands of Hephaestus, the descendants must rescue their ancestors, the gods of Olympus.
Skylar learns more about her bloodline and her powers, but there is a heavy price to pay. The darkest forces known to man are about to return to reclaim their stolen kingdom.
Everyone is searching for Mason.
Zeus sent Hermes, and the Oracles have used their magic, with no success. A sparkle of hope arises when Eris, the goddess of Chaos, sends an invitation to her wedding engagement party. She’s holding Mason hostage, and Skylar and her friends only need permission to enter Eris’s world to rescue him.
At the party, Eris gives them one condition: In exchange for Mason, they must travel to the Land of Reverse and bring back the bottle of gold water King Midas used to wash himself free of his gift. Further chaos follows when Eris not only sets up a hunt in the Labyrinth of Crete, but makes a bargain with the Titans she rescued.
The Titans possess power more than anyone anticipated, and Cronus is hungry for revenge after his own children locked him up in Tartarus. No one is safe. Not even the humans.
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About the Author:
International Bestselling Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.