Once upon a time there was Beauty and there was the Beast. The spinners of tales would have you believe these two fell in love and lived happily ever after, the spinners lied. The Beast was a shifter and Beauty became a huntress and founded a long line of huntresses aided by the power of silver magic.
Kieran Belle is a descendant of the House of Beauty and a tracker who longs to live a life free of killing shifters. Aided by his father he escapes to college in Little Rock, Arkansas where he meets the boy of his dreams, Corwin Cooper.
Corwin Cooper is a descendant of a clan of shifters, who has never shifted himself. Having finally decided to go to college, Corwin arrives and meets the mate his inner wolf cries out to claim for his own in Kieran Belle.
Ancient prophecy says Kieran is destined to become the legendary Silver Hunter. Dark forces seek to derail prophecy and end the House of Beauty. Can a child of the shifter-hunting House of Beauty and a descendant of shifters find love and happiness or will dark forces and opposing heritage tear them apart?
The ancient old growth forest seemed gloomier than ever. The full moon flickered through the waving branches of the trees. Dark shadows stretched from tree to tree when there was any hint of light at all. A young man stepped on to the path leading to the heart of the forest. He wouldn’t be going so far. The target of his test would meet him somewhere along the path and lead him off into the forbidding forest. The young man was almost as dark as the forest. Dressed in dark leathers, his long black hair pulled back and braided with a fine silver chain, tanned skin showing only at his face, the lightest thing about him were his silvery-grey eyes. From his hips hung a matching pair of Silver Hungarian Sabers a long silver dagger was tucked into the top of each boot. Here he was on his twenty-first birthday, undergoing the test to become a full Tracker of the House of Beauty, instead of out celebrating with the few friends he had. The young man who claimed to be his boyfriend wanted to take him out for a special birthday date even hinting sex was part of the package. He’d had to tell him family obligation prevented him from going out. He didn’t think he’d be hearing from the guy again anytime soon. Channeling his frustration into his tracking skills, he waited. The shifters would signal the formal test.
A ragged shifter in human form stepped out of the forest in front of the young man barking out a question.
“Who are you and why are you here?”
“I am Kieran Samuel Belle Oisín, Tracker-candidate of the House of Beauty who slew the Beast. I’ve come for the test.”
“Very well child of Beauty. By the ancient pact between your house and my pack, you will have until sunrise to track me down and slay me. After I shift I am allowed a ten minute head start.”
“How are you called shifter? I would know the name of my target.” “I am called Grimfang.”
“Shift when you’re ready Grimfang. I am ready.”
“Have you ever witnessed the shift young tracker?”
“No, you’re the first live shifter I’ve met, Grimfang.”
“Remember my name well, young tracker for I will either be your first kill or I will be your death.”
Kethric Wilcox (1966- ) was born in Melrose, MA to average middle-class parents. He graduated high school, went to college for a while before dropping out to work in the travel and tourism industry for nearly four years. He relocated to Little Rock, Arkansas and returned to college to get his B.A. in both graphic design and history. Currently he works as a graphic designer and writes paranormal gay romances in his spare time.