During WW1, a meteorite crashed, releasing a mist that changed the DNA of all who were exposed. One hundred years has passed and society is divided between the Norms and the Caelians, whose changed DNA awakened dormant gifts, called Talents.
Sadie is over it!
She’s an orphan, her boyfriend was murdered, and she’s the only Caelian at St. Vincent’s without a Talent. Once she turns 18, there will be no place for her in the world. That is, until a chance encounter with Kian, a Caelian boy who makes her feel uncomfortable and alive at the same time.
Secrets of her past are uncovered and Sadie’s latent, rare Talent is exposed. With great power comes the hunters, hired by an egomaniac who wants to use Sadie’s power to establish Caelian dominance. On the run with Kian and her friends, Sadie will have to decide: hide or fight.
Will Sadie accept her new reality or will she stay lost?
by Donnielle Tyner
The Caelian Cycle #1
June 19, 2015
When I started this book I really didn’t know what to expect. A simple story about a girl with a power has been done over and over again. That is absolutely not what I got. Instead this is a story about a new race of humans, a new type that was born of a meteorite striking earth. When it struck during World War 1, a mysterious substance sprayed out and covered a huge number of soldiers. Those soldiers ended up with what they call a “talent” and also with altered DNA. Now the Caelian’s are born with different color eyes, skin and hair, each with their own special power. The Norms can give birth to either other norms or Caelians. If they have a Caelian baby, then more often than not, they are taken at birth and put into Caelian orphanages to be raised by one of three major Caelian families. These are not your ordinary orphanages, instead think private schools.
Sadie has recently lost her boyfriend to death due to bigotry between the Norms and the Caelians. She has been grieving for four months and finally is able to move on with her life-barely. With her best friend Madison, a fire manipulator and roomate, Rebecca, a siren, egging her on to get back into life, she accepts an invitation from her boyfriend’s norm brother and sister, Lacy and Michael, to attend a Caelian-Norm alliance party. There she meets Kian, an intense, but gorgeous, Caelian, who takes a pretty extreme interest in her. Sadie is one of those rare Caelian’s to reach her age(senior in high school) without finding her talent. When she discovers her own heritage(who her mother was), she has to fight to stay away from anything to do with it. And then one day she discovers her talent and it’s not like anyone elses.
This story ended up being quite the thriller.There’s action, murders, and Sadie ends up with even more loss in her life, as well as almost losing her own life. And she falls in love again. I kind of had a problem with how fast she is able to fall in love again. Her boyfriend has only been gone less than six months and they had pretty much been together her entire life at the orphanage; it just seemed fast to me-especially with this being a series. I know she’s a teenager, but still. And that was the only problem I had with this book. And that’s because I ended up being intrigued and yes, even fascinated, with the new race of people, the prejudice from the normal people, and all the world building the author introduces. And I actually did enjoy the romance-when it wasn’t bothering me.
Good characters(Sadie, Kian, Rebecca, Madison, Lacy, and Michael), interesting world building, and a unique premise, made this an excellent read for me. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. I would recommend this to young adult and adult readers of both urban fantasy and paranormal romance.
About Donnielle Tyner
Donnielle Tyner has held down many jobs, but never found satisfaction until she became a freelance writer and stay at home mom. She’s from North Texas and enjoys her chickens, garden, and most of all her children.