The Eleutians are dying out, one female at a time. To save their species, the powerful Alchemic Clan conscripts women from parallel worlds, altering them into the perfect breeding stock.
Kitlyn, a retired circus equestrian broken in both body and spirit, awakens on a strange world in her own much-younger body. She has been transformed into a Made One, but the gift of youth and the promise of a new life come at a terrible price.
Rafe, the Wolf Clan’s warrior champion, vows to find the cause of the species’ decline. He’s certain the Alchemics’ bid to save the Eleutians is but a thin veneer masking a dark purpose.
That vow becomes hard to keep with the threat of an inter-clan conflict and the arrival of the proud Made One named Kitlyn.
To save herself and those like her, Kit must carve a dangerous path in this new reality and make a choice that may cost her her freedom, her life, and the life of the Eleutian warrior she’s come to love.
Review of Altered
Vicki Stiefel is a new author for me and I loved Altered! And it is the first of a new series. This makes me happy! This tale of an Earth woman, suddenly transported to a parallel world where she becomes whole, healthy and young again, was refreshing and compelling.
Is it fantasy or scifi? Either way, the story is little different and a little adventurous. And a lot of fun!
The simpler bucolic lifestyle, clan conflicts, old style weapons, flying horses and magic scream fantasy. But the advanced technology, such as floating cities and hover cars, make me think scifi.
Call it what you want. There are so many things to recommend this book.
Lets start with characters. Kitlyn and Rafe are the romantic couple. Though it seemed from the first they would be together, there were many things to prevent that from happening easily. Clan tradition, family, rival suitors, rival clans, and events from the past.
Rafe, and other Wolf clan members, will be subjected to Kit’s earth jargon – entertaining for both Kit and her new friends and the reader.
Then there are the Alchemics. These are the people who created the technology, brought Kitlyn to the world of Eleutia and, in general, manipulate events and people to their own greedy benefit. They are the plotters and the source of intrigue in this series. They transport women from Earth to Eleutia because very few women are born in this world. However, as Kitln mused in her unique earthly manner:
That the Alchemics could bring her across worlds, yet fail to find a solution for the gender disparity signaled Will Robinson warnings.
These Alchemics are trouble and will continue to be. Goody, goody!
The Wolf clan is so named because of their symbiotic connection to wolves. Like wise, there is a Cat clan, a Bear clan and so many others. Paulo is the coywolf who immediately bonds with Kit, to the surprise of pretty much everybody. Paulo is a cool pup and I loved his part in this book.
I also enjoyed the rival Cat clan’s leader and his attempt to kidnap and win Kitlyn as his own. You can be sure he is in for a surprise. And it is not what he might have thought. I am please that the Alpha cat will continue to figure in this series.
Kit’s two sisters were transported to Eleutia at the same time as Kit. While they are not present for most of the story, it is obvious, by story’s end, that they will get their own stories. I look forward to them!
Fantasy, scifi, and romance are all part of this most captivating story. I can’t wait for the next book in The Made Ones Saga. 5 stars!
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