Can science save us when all else fails?
Trisk and her hated rival, Kalamack, have the same goal: save their species from extinction.
Death comes in the guise of hope when a genetically modified tomato created to feed the world combines with the government's new tactical virus, giving it an unexpected host and a mode of transport. Plague takes the world, giving the paranormal species an uncomfortable choice to stay hidden and allow humanity to die, or to show themselves in a bid to save them.
Under accusations of scientific misconduct, Trisk and Kal flee across a plague torn United States to convince leaders of the major paranormal species to save their supposedly weaker kin, but not everyone thinks humanity should be saved.
Kal surreptitiously works against her as Trisk fights the prejudices of two societies to prove that not only does humanity have something to offer, but that long-accepted beliefs against women, dark magic, and humanity itself can turn to understanding; that when people are at their worst that the best show their true strength, and that love can hold the world together as a new balance is found.
Like many I'd always wondered just how the humble tomato could cause so much damage and be vilified until the pretty ordinary fruit became public enemy number one! Open The Turn and get pulled into a story of pride and vanity that leads to catastrophe, but with a hint of greater things to come as there's always hope.
Briefly, The Turn tells of the rivalry between two elves, Trisk, a dark elf and Kal, the supposed golden elf. It's set in the sixties but the sexism and belittling of females in general in the elven society means Trisk is never given the acclaim her work deserves. Trisk is sent to work undercover with humans enabling her to make huge scientific strides. Unfortunately, Kal is sent to make sure the projects Trisk has worked on are safe, but sadly his blinkered ideas and selfish attitude sets in motion something that will necessitate those who are paranormal stepping out of their hidden world before everything is lost.
I was hooked from the first page but it's not exactly black and white and frankly the end left a nasty taste in my mouth. Trisk is truly gifted with a strong backbone but her choices at times just amazed me; but then I live in 2017 with all its freedoms so perhaps shouldn't judge too harshly.
Kal is very hard to like admittedly but he does have one or two things that help save his character. One, he really wants to help his fellow elves although I couldn't help but think he wanted all the credit; and two, he clearly has an emotional tie to someone who perhaps lacks physical stature but not courage.
I've no wish to spoil this book but will state I so enjoyed spotting characters who I'm used to reading about in later years. With its elves, witches, vampires, shifters, pixies, and even demons The Turn was a fabulous book. Perhaps though, it was the willingness of so many to sacrifice that made it a standout story for me, but alas to say more would ruin the fun.
A copy of The Turn was provided with no requirement for a review and I voluntarily read it which means my comments are my honest opinion.