Taken from her people. Claimed by an alpha. Forced into a new life.
In a time before tools of metal and houses of wood, tooth and claw rule the wild places of the world.
The Moon People have been enemies to Netya's kind for as long as the stars can remember. They are monsters, demons, men and women who take the shapes of beasts. The murderers of her father.
An outsider taken as a prize by the pack, Netya must overcome suspicion, rivalry, and the division of her own heart as she grows to realise that monsters wear many different faces.
Among the Moon People she uncovers the potential of a life she never knew existed. The chance for a woman to become something more than a prize, or a mother, or a concubine. But as the alpha and others vie for her heart, the powerful huntress Vaya seeks to purge Netya from her pack.
Before Netya can decide where she belongs, she must endure the trials of love, hatred, and heartbreak. The girl taken as a trophy must become a woman.
170,700 words in length. Contains explicit sexual content.
Also available in the Kindle store is The Alpha's Concubine - Part 1, which can be downloaded for free as an extended preview of the first 1/5th of the book!
Netya is our heroine and she's a surprising mixture of innocence, curiosity, and gumption. Oh, she might start out as little more than property, but she pretty soon establishes herself as someone who could herald the beginning of so many changes. Reading about her struggles to straddle both the world she's been brought up in and also this newer culture opened my eyes to just how settled and blinkered humans can be.
Netya is fully human, a child of the Sun people and yet, somehow needs to find a place for herself amongst the Moon people. Reluctant to be just a bed fellow for the Alpha, Netya tries her hands at various roles amongst the distrustful clan. Yes, she makes mistakes but she also grows from a virginal ingenue into a young woman unafraid to make emotional attachments. As Netya makes friends and enemies, the reader starts to understand the fractured dynamics amongst the clan. Traditionally dominated by the male Alpha and yet the females too have strongly defined matriarchal roles and there's the rub because what's traditional might not always be right. Netya might have been a victim initially but without a doubt as this book ends she is respected and perhaps even feared!
So, not what I expected and I'm happily recommending this book. The follow up is Daughter of the Moon but if you truly want to understand this world and these characters then the prequel, Daughter of the Night, will surely be the place to start. As I write this The Alpha's Concubine is free on kindle.