Madison Carter has been terrified of Scott Lee since the night he saved her from an evil sorcerer – then melted into a man-eating monster before her eyes. The werewolf is a slave to the moon, but Madison’s nightmares are not.
Despite her fears, when Madison’s brother, Clinton, is bitten by a werewolf, she knows there is only one man who can help. A man who frightens her all the more because even in her nightmares, he also thrills her.
Together for the first time since that terrible night, Scott and Madison drive to Clinton’s home only to discover that he’s vanished. Frantic now, Madison must overcome her fears and uncover hidden strengths if she hopes to save him. And she’s not the only one fighting inner demons. Scott’s are literal, and they have him convinced that he will never deserve the woman he loves.
*Stand-alone companion to the Cassie Scot series
While I don’t generally read too much in the fantasy genre, this stunning cover caught my attention, so I thought it might be a good read. I was not disappointed. This is probably one of the best-written books I’ve read in a good long while, in any genre. And the good news is that it’s part of a series.
From beginning to end, Madison and Scott are three-dimensional characters that will hook your heart, your mind and your spirit and drag you along on a taught, powerful and fast-paced adventure.
The advent of the anti-hero isn’t anything new, but Scott is a well done character that doesn’t overdo the angst about his situation and Madison’s reasons for seeking him out are valid and heartfelt. She’s my definition of an old fashioned heroine: she’s forced to find all sorts of courage in her quest to do the right things and find the answers she needs. Fear might slow her down, but it won’t stop her–yet she’s not foolish.
Amsden relies on the power of different human relationships as motivation for this adventure into a world of werewolves and shape shifters: Madison’s love for her brothers and theirs for her; distrust of her judgmental stepfather, romantic love for the one being she cannot have and Scott’s love for the woman he fears he’ll never be worthy of. These are all such powerful themes that I was held spellbound, scene after scene and chapter after chapter.
So, climb on board this adventure and hang on through the twists and turns that make Amsden’s storytelling as magical an art as the magic practiced by Scott and Madison. You won’t be disappointed.
I received a complimentary advance copy of MADISON’S SONG in exchange for my honest review. All opinions shared are 100% my own.
About the author:
Christine Amsden has been writing science fiction and fantasy for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.
At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a condition that affects the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams. (You can learn more here.)
In addition to writing, Christine teaches workshops on writing at Savvy Authors. She also does some freelance editing work.
Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. They have two beautiful children, Drake and Celeste.