You know those stories where the Alpha werewolf or the gorgeous vampire falls in love with the woman even though she is human, and then must take on all the other supernatural creatures to protect her? Well, this is not that story, and these supernatural beings, the Terra Indigene, are not that nice. There are wolves and vampires, but there are also other shifters, Elementals, and others who may be even more powerful than the wolves and vampires. The Others are all more powerful than the humans they share the Earth with, and although they do tolerate people for the things humans invent and manufacture, they mostly regard them as food. They don’t believe in second chances, either, so when a human does something they don’t like, there is often a sign in the meat shop the following day advertising “special meat.” But the Terra Indigene and the humans have worked out an uneasy truce, until someone who is human plus something more comes to one of their Courtyards to hide. Meg Corbyn is a cassandra sangue, a blood profit, and she has escaped from her “benevolent owner,” who keeps her and other girls captive to make money from the prophecies they make. Because of her special abilities, she is considered “not prey” by the Others, who take her in and make her the Human Liaison for their community. Although Meg has virtually no experience with the world outside of her prison, she manages to meet the Others on equal terms and begins to make a life among them. She learns to offer friendship on their terms, offering sugar lumps to ponies who are not ponies, and purchasing Wolf beds (“wolf” is spelled D-O-G in this case) to the wolves who guard her. This relationship may lead to significant changes in the way the humans and the Others relate in the future. But Meg still needs to learn how to fight the urge to cut herself. Cutting gives her visions, and also an addictive euphoria, although too many cuts will eventually kill her. But the visions save lives, too, so she must balance her need to help and her need to live. There is darkness in this book, but also humor, and the Others, while definitely "other" still manage to be sympathetic.

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