A New York college student battles poachers, warlords
and human traffickers after being kidnapped during a school trip.
From Kirkus Reviews:
“After her parents reveal that they haven't been honest with her about her past, Kay leaves for South Africa feeling bitter and anxious.
Her excitement on arrival is cut short when she becomes a victim of a human trafficking ring operated by a large-scale poaching operation. She flees… to a refuge called Ipharadisi.
There, she meets the majestic, menacing Queen Zaina and a handsome doctor named Erec.”
“With its emphasis on South African politics and current events, Arielle's novel is a refreshing departure from the well-trod ground of paranormal romance stories.
The community of Ipharadisi is richly imagined and fleshed out in vivid detail, from its cultures and customs to its intriguing sporting pastimes.
...The constant athletic competition among donga fighters will remind readers that despite the prevailing desire for peace, this is a warrior culture that must remain battle-ready. Kay's narrative voice, as written by Arielle, is well-suited to a promising young journalist, and she comes across as witty and observant but self-conscious and vulnerable. ...smart..."
If Kay can survive, she may just become the kind of peace-seeking hero her classmates would never believe. Kay might even stumble through homesickness and loneliness into a surprising love.
Of course, our brave girl may instead discover the answer to something she never wanted to know the answer to:
What happens… when you die.
Hold on to life.
Fall in love.
And face your fears!
(Book 1 in the series.) Your journey begins here.
Answer the call!