Like most other college students in the United States, Koda Niklane’s dream is to join the government’s most advanced military unit: the Elite. Since the President’s great reveal of supernaturals living amongst humans, every college student is required to Interview for the Elite. Being human and unable to fight are setbacks for Koda, but she soon learns she isn’t quite as human as she’d thought, or rather, she’s not human at all.
When a purple-eyed blood drinker named Raven Cartana, a Captain in the Elite, announces publicly that she’s one of his kind, Koda refuses to believe him. As her new Elite trainer, Raven’s job is to keep Koda alive and teach her the ropes. Teaching is the easy part as Raven, Koda, and their team work to keep the streets safe from Threats. It soon becomes apparent that keeping Koda alive will be much harder than Raven had anticipated as the attacks on her become more personal.
As Koda works with Raven and the Elite, she can’t help but wonder how much of herself will remain once her maturity has finished. Will she still be Koda, or will she be something different? And is that why someone has their sights set on her?
After the attack on Koda’s life, she and her team discover the only clue to her father’s identity points to St. Louis, a city destroyed by Threats ten years ago. With little choice, the team ventures to the ruined city. When one clue leads to another, Koda soon finds herself journeying to a part of the world she’d never expected to venture: Raven’s home.
When decade old secrets are revealed, even Raven’s world is rocked by the information, and he’ll stop at nothing to protect his trainee. As she struggles to understand her role in this new world, Koda is forced to navigate vamlure dating customs and complicated politics. And if that wasn’t enough, Koda must decipher the growing feelings she has for her trainer.
As puzzle pieces begin to fall into place, and even more secrets are revealed, Koda discovers a terrifying truth behind the continued attacks on her life. Will it spell the end of her team and the world along with them?
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When sixteen-year-old Raven Cartana leaves his underground home for the surface, his only goal is to join the Elite and create a safe place in the world for his species. As blood drinkers, the vamlure are despised and feared, but Raven intends to prove that bonds between the supernatural races and vamlure can be forged again. All he has to do is pass his Interview and join the Elite ranks.
Once an Elite, Raven isn’t prepared for all that follows. Besides the obvious need to find a blood source to sustain him, he also has to survive the Magic Users who hate him and the sun which threatens to blind him. And then there are the Threats, and Raven’s worth is put to the test when he’s the only one who can sense them.
With each ensuing attack, the Threats grow stronger. It’s up to Raven and his team to locate and stop the mastermind behind the attacks before disaster befalls them, but can a teenage Elite Captain succeed at the job?
Join Raven Cartana and other beloved characters in this enthralling prequel to the First Blood Trilogy. This book is set ten years before the start of First Blood. There are no spoilers for the series. It can be read as part of the series or as a standalone novel.