Black Hare (The Aspects Book 1)
Toni L.H. Boughton, author
Ten years ago Rook Aeron knelt in the mud next to her dying grandfather, begging forgiveness for killing him. Instead, she got the Black Hare. The spectral Hare is Rook’s penance. In the decade since that rainy, bloody day Rook has drifted through life, always dreading the unwelcome appearance of the Hare. For when the dark creature appears it takes her away to areas where a violent death has occurred. The pain and suffering of a person who dies in violence stains the very earth itself, kindling a cancer of misery that touches all life. The Black Hare and Rook cleanse these areas, removing the toxic stain, and burdening Rook with the last horrifying moments of the dead people’s lives. To deal with the mess of her life and the burden of what she has done Rook armors herself in booze and sarcasm. She sees no future beyond endless service to the Hare. And then the Black Hare brings her to a Wyoming town called Red Horse River. Red Horse River is unlike any place Rook has ever been. For one, there is a coursing magic that runs under the town. For another, some of the inhabitants are not quite normal – the owner of the local café has snakes for hair, an otherworldly little girl appears when she is needed most, and Rook’s landlady just might be an ancient goddess. And someone is killing people by fire, tainting the magic river for a monstrous purpose. Reluctantly, Rook is drawn into the middle of the strange happenings in this strange town. In the course of tracking the killer she discovers that there is more to her than existing as a drunken failure. She has a deadly power of her own. But is there enough time left in her life to become the person she was destined to be? Or will her journey end in fire and blood?