What if you could be young again? Would it be a dream come true or truly a nightmare?
That’s the startling reality retired circus trapeze artist Breena Balážová awakens to on the world of Eleutia in her own re-engineered younger body. For a woman whose death on Earth was inches away, it seems like a second chance at life. But in this parallel world, where horses fly and animals and humans are symbionts, Bree is intended as breeding stock to balance the plummeting female birthrate.
As she searches for her missing sisters, who were pulled to Eleutia with her, Bree also must survive assassination attempts, the growing threat of war, and her unexpected attraction to the arrogant animal Clan Alpha, Gato, a man with terrible burdens and secrets.
The animal Clans join forces to combat a dark conspiracy that will shake the foundations of their world, even as Bree’s search for her sisters grows more desperate and dangerous.
If Bree has any hope of finding her sisters and fulfilling￼ her own destiny, she and Gato must carry out a perilous deception, their success or failure deciding not only their own fate, but that of all Eleutia.
Review of Changed
A brief synopsis of the series is in order: The Eleutians are dying out because very few females are born. To save their species, the powerful Alchemic clan pulls women from parallel worlds (Earth), altering them into young healthy, younger versions of themselves and placing them within the Eleutian population, calling them Made Ones.
In Changed, Bree is one of three sisters snatched from near death to Eleutia. The Cat clan home becomes her home and Alpha Gato becomes her guardian/jailer. Gato’s life as an alpha is burdensome but he is still a very good leader. It is impossible for Bree not to fall for the man. But there are forces (see Alchemics below) that are trying to keep them apart. The relationship between Bree and Gato is at once light and fun and also intense. Part of what makes Bree and Gato so fun is their relationship with the CatGuard panthers. The animals bond with humans and so Bree ends up bonding with two cubs. Gato’s cat, Bartholomew, is a force to be reckoned with and a hero in his on right.
There is some interaction with the protagonists of the first book in the series, Altered. Kitlyn, Bree’s sister, and Rafe, the wolf Alpha, are great characters and I am glad they continue to have a role in the ongoing story.
The Alchemists are being revealed as the troublemakers on Eleutia. They have plans to that do not coincide with a happy, prosperous Eleutia. Many of the animal clan members have begun to figure this out and watching them learn more and strategize a solution is at the heart of the story (after the romance).
As with Altered, I had a hard time classifying Changed. You could call it fantasy. Or scifi. And you can call it romance. Take your pick.
The world of Eleutia has some interesting overlaps with Earth. Some of the foods are the same. Much of the food is also new to the Made Ones. Strangely enough, TV, cell phones and circus acts also exist on Eleutia. At first I though, trapeze acrobats on Eleutia? But after some consideration I realized that integrating Made Ones into the society, as well as interfering Alchemics, probably have something to do with the overlap.
In Changed, we meet the CastOuts. These are the “imperfect” humans created when Alchemics messed with their DNA. They have their own clan and, I think, they will prove to be the most interesting clan of all.
Kitlyn and Bree continue to look for their sister Sybil. She is present in the story as an unrevived Made One. I’m looking forward to the next book where Sybil will get her story.
Changed is complex, captivating, dangerous and heartwarming. So if you are looking for fantasy, scifi, and/or romance you might want to check this one out.
Many thanks to the author provided a copy of her book in exchange for my honest review.
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