The Blood of Faeries The Allison Lee Chronicles Book 2 by Dan Rice Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Allison Lee wilts under the bright light of celebrity after being exposed as a shape-shifting monster. She'd rather be behind the camera than in front of it. Being under the tooth and claw of her monstrous mother is even less enjoyable. All she desires is for everything to go back to the way things were before she discovered her true nature. But, after she accidentally kills a mysterious man sent to kidnap her, she realizes piecing her old life back together is one gnarly jigsaw puzzle.
When Allison's sometimes boyfriend Haji goes missing, Allison and her squad suspect his unhealthy interest in magic led to his disappearance. Their quest to find Haji brings them face-to-face with beings thought long ago extinct whose agenda remains an enigma.
Deveraux’s head lolls precariously to the side. Her expression is slack, and drool dribbles down her chin.
“I warned you I might be forced to take action, daughter. I’m not as skilled as that dragon at manipulating the human mind. My manipulation might leave the good agent irreparably changed.” She smiles. “Or not.”
“Please, don’t hurt her.”
“It’s too late, daughter. Either she’s already damaged, or she’s not.”
My hand goes to my lips. What have I done? Wasn’t killing the gunman enough? No, this is Mother’s doing. “You didn’t have to scramble her mind. We could’ve talked to her. Convinced her to change her mind.”
“Perhaps that dragon could have, but I am not him, daughter. Agent Deveraux, are you listening?”
Deveraux’s head straightens, and her expression morphs into one of extreme concentration, but her eyes remain glassy. “Yes.”
“Excellent. Do you plan to have Allison Lee and her family confined to the base?”
“No, that is not what you intend to do.”
“What is it I intend?”
Watching Mother strip Deveraux of all her faculties makes me nauseous. Even worse is the dread Mother might have done this obscene magic on me, and I’d never know.
Mother’s smile doesn’t waver as she speaks. “You intend to allow Allison Lee to remain in her home and continue attending school. You are satisfied her actions this afternoon were the innocent mistakes of an angsty teen. When she told you she will never attempt to avoid the security detail again, you believed her. Do you understand?”
“Repeat your instructions.”
Deveraux recites Mother’s words.
“Will she…” I say, but Mother holds up a finger for silence.
“You will stop listening for now.”
I breathe in sharply as Deveraux’s expression slackens, and her head droops to the side like an unused marionette.
Dragons Walk Among Us The Allison Lee Chronicles Book 1
Shutterbug Allison Lee is trying to survive high school while suffering the popular girl's abuse. Her life is often abysmal, but at least her green hair is savage. Her talent for photography is recognized by the school paper and the judges of a photo contest. While visiting her friend Joe, a homeless vet, Allison's life irrevocably changes after an attack leaves her blind. All her dreams as a photojournalist are dashed as she realizes she'll never see again. Despair sets in until she is offered an experimental procedure to restore her vision. But there are side effects, or are they hallucinations? She now sees dragons accompanying some of the people she meets. Can she trust her eyes, or has the procedure affected her more than she can see?
Obscured by the surrounding shrubbery next to the base of a conifer is a blue tarp. I press my free hand against the brown bag, feeling the warmth radiating from the container of broth. Good. I’d hate for the soup to be cold.
A gust of wind pushes me sideways. From somewhere overhead comes a loud crack like the bone of some gargantuan creature snapping. A widowmaker thumps to the earth. Gasping, I nearly drop the soup and freeze in place. Overhead, the trees sway in the wind, branches creaking and groaning. I scamper toward the encampment.
About half a dozen tents surround the base of the tall conifer. A wide man with hunched shoulders moves around the camp. I smile. It’s Joe.
I’m about to call out to him when I smell a strange mixture of eucalyptus and menthol and sweat on the wind. It’s the kind of odor I’d expect to roll off guys at a crowded dance club. I scan my surroundings for the source of the scent.
A figure stands behind me in the gloom.
“What are you doing?” I ask.
The stalker strides toward me, raising something about a foot long overhead. A club?
My muscles tense like springs under immense pressure. Dad warned me about attacks on campus. I back away, a scream rising up my throat. The club whirls through the air too fast to avoid.
Dan Rice pens the young adult urban fantasy series The Allison Lee Chronicles in the wee hours of the morning. The series kicks off with his award-winning debut, Dragons Walk Among Us, which Kirkus Reviews calls, “An inspirational and socially relevant fantasy.”
While not pulling down the 9 to 5 or chauffeuring his soccer fanatic sons to practices and games, Dan enjoys photography and hiking through the wilderness.
Dragons Walk Among Us is the first novel in The Allison Lee Chronicles. I can confirm that readers should expect more books featuring Allison Lee and her squad. Right now, I am planning four, maybe five, books to comprise the entire series.
Where do these books stand now? Well, I have the broad strokes outlined for the entire series. I'm currently writing the rough draft for the second installment. I'm about fifty percent through the draft. If everything goes to plan, I'll have a complete manuscript ready to turn in to my publisher by December this year. The novel deals with similar themes of belonging and angst found in Dragons Walk Among Us, along with a few new topics readers will hopefully find engaging. Without giving too much away, portions of the second novel will take place in Southeast Asia. I've traveled the area extensively and hope my experiences will help me capture the essence of the region's beauty and diverse cultures.
After book two, while I do have an outline, my plan is a bit more nebulous. That's why I say the series might turn out to be five books as opposed to four. With any luck, these novels will come out steadily over the next several years. After completing The Allison Lee Chronicles, you can expect more action-packed sci-fi and fantasy tales with social commentary woven in that I think young adults will find very appealing.