Kristen Baracas has survived a great many things in her life. The death of her parents, being turned into a slave by the clan who took their lives, dealing with her brother’s blood addiction problems, and surviving the induction programme for the Real Defence Network. Now she simply rolls with the punches.
As a vampire, it’s her duty to protect the human race. She has access to a superior blood bank, that being her feeding buddy and partner in crime Carlisle. Even better, she gets paid to rid the mortal realm of demon scum. Life is a party, and she serves up the heads of her enemies.
So, what if there’s a war going on? She can deal with anything. Well, except for crossing paths with a battle angel.
Joshua is a member of the Battalion; a warrior sent to the mortal realm to serve and protect. He didn’t expect to fall for a vampire with a chip on her shoulder, one who sets his blood on fire, even when she doesn’t have her fangs buried in his throat.
The pair must join forces to defend a safe zone under attack while dealing with an attraction that might just be hazardous to their health.
In the beginning there was darkness, and at the very centre, at the heart of it, was a light so powerful it was unbreakable.
Its power, the sole reason for being, was to survive.
For thousands of years the darkness tried to extinguish this power; its one true weakness. It began to close in on itself, hoping to snuff the life-force from existence.
An extraordinary thing happened. Instead of obliterating the power within, it created a catastrophic shift which caused the light to explode in a kaleidoscope of colour.
In the aftermath of the explosion, an unfathomable number of souls were born. At the centre of each, a power as bright and true as the heart itself.
There were other consequences. As the darkness settled, stretching to encompass this strange new universe, a network formed; fragmented systems of matter which would later make a home for the souls who lived within the darkness.
The heart had found new purpose: to create balance, and bring order to the ensuing chaos.
The souls on the outer layer of the darkness settled in whichever plane they could. For the ones who rebelled against the order, they became the Fractured; souls who belonged to no other, and chose to follow their own rules.
Each realm was governed independently, with a legion of souls to lead and protect their brethren.
Millennia passed, before the souls discovered a way to exist in both their chosen world and their home. The mortal realm was born so that every life they led carved a new path to their existence, an echo of themselves to create a universal strength.
But soon the Fractured grew restless. They wanted more power, more control. They waged a war with every living soul, poisoning the minds of weaker beings in an attempt to rule, and lend their power to the darkness.
The Collective is part of the Fractured series, and is based at the beginning of the Demonic War, prior to the novels featuring Maddison Wood.
The series will eventually overlap, though The Collective will focus on the thirteen members of a team who form to protect each real realm both during and after the war. For more information, please see the menu at the top of the page.
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