(City of Kaus, #1)
Publication date: November 16th 2021
Genres: LGBTQ+, New Adult, Science Fiction, Western
It has been three years since Elvira “Ellie” Ryder was betrayed by her best friend Cor and watched as her hometown of Kaus was leveled by invaders from a different Zone. Now sworn to seek revenge on him, Ellie has teamed up with her old friend Zach to find their long lost friend.
After getting offered a bounty hunting job—really an assassination job—they find out that part of their payment is the whereabouts of Cor. Without hesitation Ellie and Zach take the job and make their way to the Human Zone to assassinate their target. As they make their way through the desert, and through the Human Zone, they are up against the prejudice of their kind—Kausian, a race that can shapeshift but always stand out with their golden eyes. Nevertheless, they never miss a mark—that is, unless they find out the truth about who destroyed their kind and how their target is right in the middle of it all.
Will Ellie be able to forgive Cor after learning the truth? Or will she forever hold on to that hatred?
I can honestly say that none Revenge went the way that I thought it would (chuckle). Holy sugar, Dani Hoots had me.
I don’t want to give anything away, so let me take my cues from the synopsis. Ellie and her best-friend Zach are bounty hunters because they have no other choice if they don’t want to be prostitutes. Their race is looked down upon and thought of as less than because beings are scared of them as shapeshifters who can shift into anything with the exception of their eyes. Now it was Zach, Ellie, and Cor who were best friends until the unthinkable happened. Now it is just a fight for survival until they can try to live with themselves in peace.
Hoots writes a lot in the beginning about when they finally find peace. We get to hear from each character and it seems that is all each character wants…with maybe the exception of Gabe. Gabe just wants to hunker down, drink, and be with Cor (laugh). Yes, we even get to hear Cor’s voice in all of this revenge plotting because he is planning his own revenge too. Everyone with the exception of Zach is planning revenge and Zach will go along with whatever Ellie wants – friend code to the death. Everyone should have friends like Zach, except when he is drinking. Yeah, there is a lot of drinking too. Hey! Everyone’s going through a difficult time here (chuckle).
I think the editors became too absorbed in the story and missed a couple of spelling and grammar issues, but it does not interfere with the reading of the story.
There are gunfights, hand-to-hand fights, running, ducking, and even bow and arrow action. It gets kind of crazy. Everyone thinks someone is someone else. Someone is always hiding something. Hoots keeps everybody on their toes, even us.
Revenge is a lot of fun. It does end on a cliff-hanger of sorts and I can’t wait for the next adventure and what secrets it will reveal. Until next time.
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Dani Hoots is a science fiction, fantasy, romance, and young adult author who loves anything with a story. She has a B.S. in Anthropology, a Masters of Urban and Environmental Planning, a Certificate in Novel Writing from Arizona State University, and a BS in Herbal Science from Bastyr University.
Currently she is working on a YA urban fantasy series called Daughter of Hades, a YA urban fantasy series called The Wonderland Chronicles, a historic fantasy vampire series called A World of Vampires, and a YA sci-fi series called Sanshlian Series. She has also started up an indie publishing company called FoxTales Press. She also works with Anthill Studios in creating comics through Antik Comics.
Her hobbies include reading, watching anime, cooking, studying different languages, wire walking, hula hoop, and working with plants. She is also an herbalist and sells her concoctions on FoxCraft Apothecary. She lives in Phoenix with her husband and visits Seattle often.