In Awakening, the first installment in the Dark Rituals series, a former healer turns to the Death Arts to seek revenge.
Seventeen-year-old Colina was born a healer. But after a horrific event forces her to leave her clan, she becomes desperate to learn the dark magic of the death dealers, mages who draw their power from the spirits of the dead. Colina was taught to fear and hate death dealers, but becoming one of them is the only way for her to get the revenge she seeks—and the only way for her to survive.
Colina asks a young death dealer named Luke to help her, but he’s reluctant to train her in the Death Arts. Little does she know convincing him to teach her will be the easiest part of her journey. To become a death dealer, Colina will need to undergo three dark rituals, each more terrifying than the last. At the same time, she’ll have to deal with her growing feelings for her mentor. Too bad the first ritual involves him strangling her to death.
As Colina undergoes the trials, she discovers an untapped darkness within herself. If she survives the horrific rituals and gains dark power, what will she become?
Catrina Burgess’ Dark Rituals series originally appeared on Wattpad with over three million reads. Awakening is the first book of four and was named Wattpad’s Best Suspense Story of 2014.
Praise for Awakening, Book 1 in the Dark Rituals series:
"Ladies and gents, prepare to meet the next title on your MUST READ list…" —Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
"A paranormal story unlike any other. If you are looking for an original plot look no further. … I couldn't put it down! Every single time I thought I was getting to a lull where I might be able to stop reading, the hooks dug in deeper." —Goodreads reviewer
"The plot twists and turns on this wild horror ride. … A must read by an exceptional upcoming author." —Goodreads reviewer
About the author
Catrina Burgess writes because it helps keep the darkness away and reminds her that there is magic in the world. She lives with one husband, two dogs, and a cat named Shitty Kitty in a small mining town in Arizona. At night the place is definitely spooky. She swears that she often hears the wind giggle and sometimes feels a very odd breeze. Luckily, Cat loves all things that go bump in the night.
What’s Cat doing when she’s not writing? She turns into her alter ego, Chaoscat, the owner and operator of RomanceJunkies.com—a romance review site that’s been around since 2002.
Other than that, Cat adores old movies, is a huge Joss Whedon fan, and has been known to eat pizza and Cold Chinese food for breakfast. She is the queen of the board game Stratego and has never been beaten. Never!
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