Blight of Exiles – Pat Flewwelling
Title: Helix: Blight of Exiles
Author: Pat Flewwelling
Author Location: Ontario
Publisher: Tyche Books
Back cover copy
Perfected by nature. Twisted by science. A miracle cure gone very, very wrong.
An abandoned forest resort should have been paradise for a creature like Ishmael. Isolated from civilization, so far removed from human eyes, Ishmael could have reveled in his true nature without threat of discovery.
But he had been abducted, drugged and marooned there without a word, sent into exile by the cryptic Wyrd Council. And he’s not alone.
In this unholy quarantine, Ishmael is just another mouth to feed.
And he’s no longer the apex predator.
It would be hard to put Blight of Exiles into just one box. It’s part science fiction with its advanced medical processes and technology; part fantasy because it has every type of were-creature you can think of, including the main character, Ishmael, who is a werecat; part horror because… well, read it and you’ll see why. It may be a bit of this and a bit of that, but it is completely mesmerizing.
No part of this book should be taken lightly or glossed over, because everything is important and everyone plays a part—and not everybody is who you think they are, or what you think they are.
The story follows Ishmael, a werecat and member of the Wyrd Council, as he is brutally abducted and taken to exile on an island inhabited by other were-creatures. As the newcomer, he’s at the bottom of the totem pole for food, clothing, and weapons, and he has to learn to survive while others bet on his death.
Ishmael attempts to work with people who don’t trust him—and quickly learns that he can’t trust them either—to figure out a way to get off the island to confront the organization that secretly and systematically exiled them all.
Blight of Exiles is book one in the Helix series. The action packed narrative will keep you reading for hours and have you picking up book 2 as soon as you’ve finished book 1.
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