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Every human on earth has a personality, but seventeen-year-old Kat is blessed with an Animality.
It's been a year since Kat came to in a forest without her memories but with the curious ability to Flip into a large black cat. Two others woke beside her that night, each with their own Animality. Together they’ve searched for answers and survived for a year by stealing from Vangsford’s rich elite and giving to themselves. But when a particularly ambitious heist goes awry, leading to the accidental kidnapping of Raphael Spire, the famous son of a high-profile billionaire, the answers they seek come seeking them.
To allow her crew to escape, Kat uses Raphael as bait, drawing in Vangsford’s police force . . . and other uninvited guests: men wielding electrified whips that feel terrifyingly familiar; and a golden-eyed monster she’d believed a myth. The Night Terror decimates the police force, slashes Raphael across the neck and inexplicably frees Kat, who then drags the injured heir to a veterinary surgery she regularly steals medical supplies from. There, she sees her mother, but bolts on being called by her real name: Zalia. Separated from her crew and with Raphael’s condition worsening, Zalia seeks shelter in a cabin on the outskirts of Vangsford . But when Raphael, who’d been near death, suddenly vanishes, and a breaking news bulletin claims Vangsford PD have arrested her crew, Zalia resolves to break them out.
At Vangsford Police Station, Zalia is ambushed by the whip-wielding men, but rescued by Raphael in the Animality of a bald eagle, apparently caused by the Terror’s cut. With Raphael’s help, she’s reunited with her crew and learns that the reports of their capture were a ruse by VPD to lure her into a trap. Intent on learning the truth about who she is, Zalia visits her mother and discovers she is a descendant of the Mutari people, who could not only commune with animals but become them, making her and her crew (who are also Mutari ) immensely valuable. So when one of them is captured by the whip-wielding men, she forms a dangerous alliance with the Night Terror, who is out for revenge against the same people; and Raphael, now desperate for a cure. Zalia will need all of her inner-animal's strength if she is to free her friend and fulfill her promise to her new allies. Even then, she may be playing right into the hands of the hunters who will stop at nothing to reclaim the three Mutari who once escaped them.
ANIMALITY is a YA Urban Fantasy novel with series potential, complete at 90,000 words. I’ve recently had two crime fiction books published with Carina UK (now HQ Stories), a subsidiary of Harper Collins. Thank you for your time and attention