Benton Collins was a graduate student working in the bio lab to earn his way to his degree. When a white lab rat somehow managed to escape its cage, Ben found himself chasing the rat into a storeroom that would ultimately lead him through a secret gateway into the realm called Barakhai. And in Barakhai, Ben’s life would be forever changed, for this was a place peopled by inadvertent shapeshifters, humans forced to spend half their day—or night—in animal form.
Not everyone was happy with the life in Barakhai, a life where the general population was ruled by those few humans of royal blood who remained in their human form and were virtual dictators. Ben, by virtue of being born on Earth, was not a shapeshifter either. And a rebel named Zylas hoped that Ben could become the instrument to turn Barakhai around. So Zylas and his comrade rescued Ben from certain death. But if Ben agreed to join their cause, would he only be postponing the moment of his execution, and would he ever be allowed to return to his own world again?
Mickey Zucker Reichert is a pediatrician, parent, animal lover, and author of more than 20 novels, including those in the Renshai Chronicles, Legend of Nightfall, and Beasts of Barakhai series. She has also written one illustrated novella and more than 50 short stories. Reichert… More about Mickey Zucker Reichert
“…This highly entertaining new series from fantasy maven Reichert…treats the reader to a credible and well-executed escape. Fans of light fantasy and animal rightists will eagerly await further volumes in the series.” — Publishers Weekly
"Reichert knows her animals. She is also no slouch at narrative technique, and shows ingenuity and originality in setting up a situation that promises her best work…in future Books of Barakhai." — Booklist
"This series opener by the author of the popular Renshai Chronicles novels features an ingenuous hero and a cast of wise-cracking, good-hearted characters in a story of high adventure and gentle humor.” — Library Journal
“Ms. Reichert populates her tale with complex, robust characters. The Byzantine plot is richly layered and detailed with humorous asides of animal behavior.” — Romantic Times