Something ancient and incredibly powerful is stalking Dallas. First it attacked cattle, now it's going after people: men, women, even children - dozens at a time. And it leaves behind an aura of supernatural evil.
Detective Mark Valdez feels that evil. He's dealt with magic before, and he knows he's in over his head. So he calls in a specialist.
Diana Tregarde. Romance novelist. Investigator of unnatural events. Practicing witch. If anyone can determine what malevolent power is loose in Dallas, she can.
Power calls to power. Will Diana be an avenging angel or a willing sacrifice?
Mercedes Ritchie Lackey (born 1950) is an American writer of fantasy novels. Many of her novels and trilogies are interlinked and set in the world of Velgarth, mostly in and around the country of Valdemar. Her Valdemar novels form a complex tapestry of interaction between human and non-human protagonists with many different cultures and social mores.
Her other main world is one much like our own, but it includes clandestine populations of elves, mages, vampires, and other mythical beings. The Bedlam's Bard books describe a young man with the power to work magic through music; the SERRAted Edge books are about racecar driving elves; and the Diana Tregarde thrillers center on a Wiccan who combats evil.
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