Kaitlin's Tale

This poignant paranormal tale continues to be unique in this genre because of the non-traditional characters who show that they are definitely not perfect. The harsh life that Kaitlin has already experienced has bowed but not broken her and I like the way she displays ferocity and tenacity when it matters, although I ache at her trials and tribulations. There are a myriad of interconnections and I suspect that it would be difficult to read this story as a completely stand-alone title, but I think that one could get the gist of the story from the explanations that are scattered throughout. I think it might be useful to have a list of the characters and how and who is connected, because there are so many different factions and it is difficult to keep everyone straight.

There are unexpected revelations communicated in this story, some of which are significantly heinous, and those who have serious trigger issues would be advised to use caution. The author does a great job of conveying the angst and conflict of her characters and, while some things are resolved and certain persons display wonderful courage and growth, there are still conflicts and power struggles yet to play out. This was a great addition to the ongoing saga of Cassie Scot and her friends and allies and I look forward to learning how things will continue to evolve.

“Kaitlin’s Tale” by Christine Amsden is connected to the ‘Cassie Scot’ series as well as its spinoffs. This story focuses on Kaitlin Mayer who seems to have consistently made poor life choices, but whose main goal in life has become to keep her son Jay safe—from his vampire father and from the multiple factions who want to use the power he is demonstrating at such a young age. Kaitlin has developed her own usefulness, although she can’t quite see it as such, and when she is forced into proximity with the powerful Matthew Blair, she must decide whether she can trust the man who betrayed her best friend and doesn’t adhere to the rules he requires of everyone else. The trick will be to decide who, if anyone, is the lesser of two or more evils.

Book Blurb for Kaitlin's Tale

Kaitlin Mayer is on the run from the father of her baby – a vampire who wants her to join him in deadly eternity. Terrified for her young son, she seeks sanctuary with the Hunters Guild. Yet they have their own plans for her son, and her hopes of safety are soon shattered.

When she runs into Matthew Blair, an old nemesis with an agenda of his own, she dares to hope for a new escape. But Matthew is a telepath, and Kaitlin's past is full of dark secrets she never intended to reveal.

*Companion to the Cassie Scot Series

Night Owl Reviews May, 2016 4.00