By Kelley Armstrong

At the heels of the wildly renowned The Gathering comes the second one within the "Darkness Rising" YA trilogy from NYT bestselling writer Kelley Armstrong.

Maya Delaney's paw-print birthmark is the mark of what she actually is--a skin-walker. she will be able to run speedier, climb larger, and spot higher than approximately all people else. Experiencing excessive connections with the animals that roam the woods outdoors her domestic, Maya is aware it's just a subject of time earlier than she's in a position to Shift and turn into certainly one of them. and she or he believes there is others in her small city with extraordinary talents.

Now, Maya and her buddies were pressured to escape from their houses in the course of a woodland fireplace they think used to be intentionally set. Then they're abducted, and after a chilling helicopter crash, they locate themselves within the Vancouver Island barren region with not anything yet their striking skills to aid them come back home.

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