by Jory Strong

August 2009
ISBN: 978-0-425-22793-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Berkley
Trade Paperback

Held captive by humans, his memories lost, and his powers locked behind a magically inscribed collar, Tir longs for his freedom and the chance to reward his captors for their ill treatment. They seek to breed his abilities into one more easily handled, but Tir has vowed to never lay with a mortal. When a courageous woman frees him from his captor and helps him escape, an unbelievably powerful desire rises in him to claim her for his own. Neither of them could fathom the shattering truth of their pasts or the consequences their desire could have on the future.

Arana, branded a criminal, feared for the living spider tattooed of her body, is running from her past. Raised by fundamentalist parents, she believes the power she possesses to weave destiny to her will to be demonic, so she escapes her home, but not before she accidentally sets fire to her home, killing her parents. She found a new home among the outcasts and criminals on the fringes of this new society but an ill-fated journey to the city costs her family and exposes her to the established law setting on a journey fated to join her destiny to Tirís.

Jory Strong continues her fascinating series about a post-apocalyptic world in Spider-Touched. Bold, unapologetically sensual, this sometimes dark urban fantasy is thought provoking and intense. Coupled with the courageous resilience of Tir and Arana, the intriguing secondary story will have you turning page after page. I couldnít stop reading it and I know you wonít be able to either.

Reviewed in November 2009 by Cynthia.

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