"Oustanding Tour de Force Return"

The first book I picked up by Catherine Spangler, years ago, was because I had a cat named Spangler. By that funny quirk of fate, I found one of the most wonderful writers and have been enjoying her books ever since. An auto-buy, the RITA nominee writer has left Dorchester Publishing and moved to Berkley, and in doing the jump, has moved into a new series. While I am sure fans of the Shielder series will bemoan Spangler's switch to another genre, they cannot help but be amazed by this stunning new series launch.

Spangler leaves the Sci-Fi Romance subgenre and moves in to the dark paranormal series with the Touched by Darkness, book 1 of the Sentinel Series for Berkley Sensation. I could not put this book down. Spangler's Excalibur level wordsmithing, wove a spell and kept me turning pages when I should have been in bed sleeping. I just had to keep reading, cover-to-cover, non-stop.

A dark, powerful and ancient evil walks amongst us, and Dr. Kara Cantrell knows this only too well. She has come to the small town of Zorro, Texas with the purpose of hiding, hiding herself from the unspeakable terror, but more importantly, hiding her son. Alex was born of a passionate affair, but at the time Kara had little idea what she had been sucked into. By the time she understood fully, there was nothing left for her to do, but to take her son and runŻand keep running.

When she sees Damien Morgan, coming toward her, she fears her running is over. Damien is a Sentinel. He's come to protect her, but to do so he must use her, use the special power within her. The dark ancient menace that traces its roots back to Atlantis is already feasting on the souls of Zorro and only Damien can save Kara and Alex.

From the first pages, Spangler took hold of me and sucked me into the world she created. I have long been a fan of Spangler's works, and was sad to see the long gap in her books as she moved from one publisher to another, but now am very happy to say she is back. If anything, I think the 'down-time' has sharpened her craft and her ability to conjure these alternative worlds, in a breathless, non- stop action book that is one of the best you will read this year.

Very highly recommended.

Reviewed by Deborah Macgillivray
Posted January 9, 2007


Dr. Kara Cantrell settled in the sleepy town of Zorro, Texas, convinced she and her child had escaped the sinister reach of a supernatural underworld. But now dark forces may jeopardize her new life. Her only hope is Damien Morgan, a dangerous, alluring man with superhuman abilities. He and Kara share a mystical link that triggers desires they must ignore. But as they work together to protect her son, and begin tracking the evil stalking them, something threatens to push them toward the edge...of darkness.

Look for TOUCHED BY FIRE, Luke Paxton's story, in October 2007.


Touched by Darkness
(Sentinel series: Book 1)
by Catherine Spangler

Berkley Pub Group (Sensation)
January 1, 2007
Available: January 1, 2007
ISBN #0425214001
EAN #9780425214008
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Other Books by
Catherine Spangler

Touched by Light
Touched By Fire
Demon's Delight
Totally Charmed : Demons, Whitelighters and the Power of 3
Shadow Fires
Shadow Crossing

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