What’s your life worth on the open market?
A debt collector can tell you precisely.
Lirium is a debt collector. When a person’s debt exceeds their life expectancy, he is sent in to extract their debt – in the form of their life energy – which will then be transferred into someone with “higher potential”. And for this reason, Lirium’s relationships consist of drunken, one-night companions paid a small life-hit from the 10% payout he receives from each job. Lirium is young, but he’s getting burnt out. His pscyh officer sets him up with Ophelia, a sexy spunky firecracker that gives Lirium a lift from the moment he lays eyes on her. However, their tryst is shattered when the mob abducts Ophelia. Lirium believes he was the intended target and, with some quick calculations, realizes he was set up. His rage leads him on a path to rescuing Ophelia and he finds himself on Madame A’s doorstep. What he discovers inside defies everything he knows about the debt collecting business. Dying children (who should be at the top of the line when it comes to receiving life hits) lie on makeshift hospital beds. And they desperately need his skills. Madame A and Lirium make a deal – she will help him infiltrate the mob to rescue Ophelia, and he will return and give life hits to the dying children. But when Lirium enters the mob, things don’t go according to plan. But rescuing Ophelia from the mob and holding up his end of the bargain with Madame A are only the beginning.
There is so much action in this series, and so much going on. But it never feels rushed. You get just the right amount of information. I loved all the characters, Lirium especially. He’s so conflicted about his lot in life, but he really tries to be a “good guy” and to do the right thing.
I’ve never read a series before. It was a new and interesting experience. And by that I mean, it absolutely SUCKED when I got to the end of an episode and had to wait for the next to be published. I say this because Quinn’s writing is SO GOOD that you get wrapped up in the story and, before you know it, you’re turning to a blank page. The final episode, Passion, released today. I have already bought it and read it.
I feel like a purring kitty that just finished a big bowl of warm milk who’s sitting on a fluffy pillow in golden sunlight completely sated.
Not sure if it’s for you? Well head on over HERE. The first episode is currently FREE on Amazon! Go ahead. Try and read the first episode without getting sucked in.
I dare you!
Overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Appropriate for ages 16 & up.
For more information about Susan Kaye Quinn, check out her website!