Most of his life, Charlie Reese has been surrounded by a loving family and all the comforts of home. But when a house fire claims them, he and his cousin, Jimmy are sent to an orphanage in the heart... More > of ‘Depression Era’ Chicago. A year later, Charlie’s life is shaken by yet another tragedy and with it comes the mysterious introduction of a secretive runaway, named Bartholomew. As Charlie begins to discover more about his new companion, he unknowingly becomes a participant in a two-hundred year old secret. Come the morning of the Black Blizzard, Charlie finds he must make a choice - flee the destiny laden at his feet or take on his responsibility and follow a path full of supernatural wonders.< Less
For two centuries, the immortal soulcatcher, Buck, has struggled with his guilt over the death of an innocent mortal named Iona Covington. Determined to make amends, Buck seeks out the wandering... More > soul, Stingy Jack, to enlist him in his endeavor. He also discovers that the villainous Hades has rekindled his interest in his old adversary. Familiar with their long-standing rivalry, Buck fears Hades will threaten to manipulate Stingy Jack into committing an unspeakable act that will render him useless, unless he reveals the secret he has been hiding since Iona’s death. Buck has the daunting task of convincing Stingy Jack that he alone can save Iona and, in a bold move, tricks the trickster by using the truth. He hopes it will be enough to protect Stingy Jack and keep his secret from Hades until they are in the care of the Ferryman. If he cannot it will shift the balance of power and change the course of Eden forever.
THE BREEDLING & THE TRICKSTER is the second novel in Kimberlee Ann Bastian’s ELEMENT ODYSSEYS.< Less