As the Breedline species—a race of humans born with special powers and the gift to change into wolf form—finally destroy Dr. Hubert Crane and his unholy creation of Breedline hybrids, they are faced with something far more dangerous… and deadly. When widespread reports of gruesome attacks on homeless victims sweep across Berkeley California and the San Francisco Bay area, two local human Detectives are desperate to catch whoever is responsible for the disturbing and heinous crimes. But… they are not prepared for what they discover when they encounter three malevolent supernatural beings called… the Fury.
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Sins of Chaos finds the Breedline species safe from Breedline hybrids but now they face something far more deadly. What were some new ideas you wanted to explore in this book that were different from The Immortal?
For Sins of Chaos, I wanted to create a new villain, or rather a trio of villains, who are far more powerful than the Breedline or any other species in their Covenant. Bringing forth this type of supernatural villains would give me the opportunity to introduce some new “winged” characters to the story who will play a crucial role in my Breedline adventures in the future.
I loved all the new exciting characters included in this story. What were some sources of inspiration that informed their character development?
Everyone wants a hero, especially in a world filled with evil and destruction. That’s when my heroes started to develop. And why not five battle angels. Of course, they are not your typical white winged angels with halos hovering their heads. I wanted my new heroic characters to be larger than life with personalities and special powers to match. Their purpose is vital to the story and will continue on in the future.
How did you come up with the idea for the antagonist in this story and how did it change as you wrote?
Crazy as it sounds, my idea for the antagonist in Sins of Chaos, came from a dream. I knew I needed new exciting villains for my story, but I struggled with the idea. One night I dreamed of three fraternal siblings with supernatural powers. They all had specific characteristics and unique powers. As time passed, they became more vivid and believable in my own mind. Although they are the “bad guys,” their story will shift toward the end.
What can readers expect in the next book in your Breedline Series?
Next in line for my Novels of the Breedline series follows:
- The Curse
- Living Nightmares
- Vampires in Manhattan
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Sins of Chaos is another suspenseful entry in Shana Congrove’s Breedline Series. In this book, the reader follows Abbey as she tries to find and protect her beloved Steven, who is being tracked by Valkin Steele. He wants to use Steven’s unique healing abilities to heal his wife. Though he has backed scientists who have run ruthless tests on the Breedline species. While Valkin Steele is a man who deals in drugs and human sex-trafficking, he is not the worst thing the Breedlines have to deal with. Three supernatural beings of dark powers known as the Fury are terrorizing Berkeley and the San Francisco Bay area with a wave of brutal murders.
The first thing that struck me about Congrove’s writing style is how easy it is to read, which helps ensure readers are completely engrossed in this fantasy world rather than trying to make sense of it.
Congrove has built a world that is believable and has given it rules that make sense, which is odd to say about a supernatural thriller that leans heavy into paranormal activities is ‘believable’, but nothing is ever over the top and when it is it’s simply entertaining.
As I expected, the characters in the story are uniquely intriguing and fun to follow because of their fascinating quirks. Congrove has a large cast of characters, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing as it definitely gives this story more of an epic fantasy feel where a large world is being explored. The story follows multiple characters perspectives, taking readers through various angles of the story, which is helpful to tell a story that has depth but borders on being overwhelming at times. Even with a wide cast of characters I was still able to connect to some of the characters in the story. In their fight with Valkin Steele, I was worried that they were going to lose (I nearly bit my fingernails off) and I was invested in the outcome of the fight. Then near the end when the Breedline Covenant attacks the Furies… ah I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say that I like seeing the good guys on the verge of losing to the bad guys because it makes the story more believable and suspenseful at the same time.
Sins of Chaos is a wildly entertaining shifter fantasy novel that reminds me of season 4 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but with a much bigger world and more characters that are easily compelling and fun to follow.
Pages: 336 | ASIN: B093TJ1VDR
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After an age-old creature—buried deep underground—rises from years of peaceful slumber to feast on humans, it attacks Jena McCain—a young artist who has the ability to speak with the dead—and infects her with a curse. As the virus spreads through her body, Jena has one hundred and one days to resist her newly found urges for human blood. If she succumbs to the bloodlust, she will become the thing that has cursed her. While Jena heals in the hospital, her thirst for blood rises. Desperate for help, she confides in her best friend Angie, realizing time is running out. Surprisingly, Angie has a few secrets of her own. What she reveals to Jena goes beyond unbelievable. Not only is Angie not human—born with the ability to shift into a wolf—there is a secret species of supernatural beings called the Breedline. Now that Jena’s reality has slowly shifted into a bizarre realm, she must come to accept the unbelievable and trust her friend before it’s too late. But unknown to all, the immortal creature will stop at nothing until he gets what he wants—to seduce Jena and make her his bride.
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The Immortal follows an artists who’s attacked by a creature that infects her with a virus that threatens to turn her if she succumbs to the bloodlust. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?
In all my Breedline novels, there are situations where my characters are faced with good vs. evil, similar to the world we live today. Unfortunately, in the real world, between good and evil, “the bad guys” are sometimes the conquerors. But in my Breedline fantasy world, good always proves more powerful than their opposing evil forces. Although my characters face their share of trials and tribulations along the way, it’s important to give my readers that fairytale ending where the “good guys” always prevails in the end.
Jena is an intriguing and well developed character. What were some driving ideals behind her character’s development?
It was important for me to create a strong female character who isn’t waiting for her “knight and shining armor” to be rescued. Although she does have a supporting character to help her along the way, Jena finds her own way to overcome the dangers—which are very terrifying and unimaginable—that are fast closing in.
What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?
The Immortal introduces new characters to my Breedline series who are “undead” and also stem from the eighteenth-century. So, with that in mind, I definitely had to put on my A-game. I love that time period, so creating characters from that era gave me that extra inspiration to do my best.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
The next Novel of the Breedline series, The Curse, will be available in early 2022. Next in line for the Novels of the Breedline series include: Living Nightmares, and The Vampires in Manhattan.
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The Immortal is a part of the Breedline series which follows protagonist Jena McCain as she discovers a hidden world full of magic and monsters that puts her in a situation where she must resist dark urges and accept the strange hidden world that becomes uncovered to survive.
Artist Jena McCain is attacked by an ancient creature that has been dormant underground for years. After the attack, she is afflicted by a disease that makes her crave human blood, and she has to resist the urges brought on by the disease for one hundred and one days. If not, she will transform into the monster that attacked her. In desperate need of help, her best friend, Angie, then introduces her to a world that is beyond anything that Jena expected. It is revealed that Angie can transform into a wolf and there are an entire species of supernatural creatures called Breedline.
Author Shana Congrove has created a standout novel in the saturated paranormal romance genre. The Immortal unique possess a unique and compelling lore that serves the plot well and ensures that drama is around ever corner. I enjoyed the alluring relationships between the characters, as it seems that everyone has secrets. Particularly, I loved the idea that friends, even our closest friends, keep these big secrets from us, and the friendship felt very genuine. Additionally, I like the resistance to just buy into all of these crazy circumstances that Jena is witnessing. In too many books, I’ve seen the main character accept the world for what it was and dived right into the journey. Jena’s reaction to it all gives the book feel more authentic and relatable.
The Immortal follows Jena on a race against time that keeps the story relentlessly moving forward ensuring the suspense is high and the desperation is palpable. This is a thrilling shifter romance novel that surprised me with its deep lore and methodical character development. This book will appeal to any fan of paranormal romance that wants to read an urban fantasy story that is grounded but still dramatic.
Pages: 359 | ASIN: B0863G5Z1V
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