Dahlia “Ember” Perkins’ whole life has changed. She went from reporting the news to being part of the news. Now a newbie member of the Metahumans, she is trying to adjust to her newfound friends and life with superpowers. They are called in by the police to help on a series of murders where all that is found of the victims is their skin. Then it seems that Ember is a target for the killer. Could it be another Meta, someone from her past out for her blood?
What a great follow up to Trance! Taking place immediately after the end of Trance, the Metas are trying to set up their headquarters in an old mansion in Beverly Hills. Then they are called in by the police to consult on a mysterious case. The cops have discovered what appears to be a skin, like the body was removed from the inside somehow. Before you can blink, the mystery and action suck you in and you can’t pull yourself away. In a world that reminds me of the TV show Dark Angel; Ember is a very sympathetic character. Her life has taken a 180, going from normal to superhuman in 0.6 seconds. Even though she is surrounded by her newfound partners, she feels out of step and alone. The other Metas grew up together, have a shared past and memories. Ember has only the memories of her mother, who died several years ago of cancer. When the team needs an electrician to work on their new headquarters, she volunteers to take care of it. Searching the phone book, a name from the past jumps out at her. A boy from her high school just happens to be an electrician. She goes to meet him and attraction flares. Then things escalate with the killer and she is torn between duty and the chance at a relationship. This series is a great example of urban fantasy. The pacing and action are intense, movie worthy, keeping you at the edge of your seat. Ms. Meding is extremely adept at surprising the reader with shocking revelations and Changeling is no exception. She also doesn’t shy away from a unique ending that I am still reeling from. If you are looking for a creative alternative to vampires and angels, look no further. I can’t wait to see more from Kelly Meding!
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After barely escaping a madman’s attempt to annihilate all MetaHumans, Kelly Meding’s supernatural crime fighters have banded together to take back the streets of war-ravaged Los Angeles.Dahlia “Ember” Perkins still feels like an outsider among her new Meta friends, despite everything she’s been through since coming into her miraculous ability to absorb heat and extinguish fires. But when the police need help investigating human skins discarded like slipcovers on the street, the Metas’ youngest team member quickly finds her place. Evidence points to a murderer the likes of which they have never encountered but who inexplicably seems to be gunning for Dahlia—and who may be neither human nor Meta. After a bullet meant for her nearly kills one of her teammates, Dahlia uncovers a connection to the crimes buried deep in her past. As the danger escalates and her personal life falls apart, Dahlia soon learns there’s no such thing as a “normal” relationship when you’re a superhero. . . .