Unassuming law student Sadie Pratt leads a quiet life immersing herself in her books; outside of school, her only real form of excitement is researching the local flour mill and her link to its terrible history. That all changes one fateful night when her employer requests she meet with a mysterious client who will change her life in an unthinkable way.
Vincent Strickland has toured the country attempting to regain his holdings after serving a punishing sentence for his violent past. He is out for revenge when his path unexpectedly crosses Sadie’s, who he believes is his former lover reborn. He will stop at nothing to possess her.
Fallen deity Thayer Aubade has dedicated his life to The Creed, a secret sect charged with protecting the innocent from monsters like Strickland. When his team is dispatched to rescue Strickland’s latest victim, the scene he discovers feels all too familiar and he vows he won’t play by the rules this time.
Desire, possession, and treachery lead Sadie down a crooked path to redemption. She must rely on her intellect and inner strength for her survival… and for that of the man she loves.
Review: Altered by Amy Stearman is not at all the story I expected it to be. The prologue alone was enough to get me excited about reading the book. Stearman will change the way you think of paranormal creatures, especially vampires. I was pleasantly surprised that she did not follow the usual stereotype while writing this story.
I absolutely loved the characters. Sadie Pratt reminds me much of myself. I felt connected to her immediately. She is a bright, pretty law student who has her world completely turned upside down after she meets a mysterious man, Vincent Strickland. Everything she thought she knew about the world around her changes in the blink of an eye. Lucky for her, Thayer Aubade is there to help her sort things out. He and his two teammates, Violet and Jason, are notorious for fighting paranormal criminals and protecting the innocent.
I wouldn’t say that there was never a dull moment in this story, but there are very few. The events and excitement throughout the book definitely makes up for those quiet times. The twists and turns will leave readers on the edge of their seats. The quirky personalities of the characters will keep you entertained for hours. There are a few “steamy scenes” but Stearman did not dredge on and on. She kept them very tasteful.
I cannot wait to read more stories from the Chronicles of The Creed. Stearman did a great job of organizing this well written story.