by Catrina Burgess
Release Date: October 7th 2015
Full Fathom Five Digital
Summary from Goodreads:
In Awakening, the first installment in the Dark Rituals series, a former healer turns to the Death Arts to seek revenge.
Seventeen-year-old Colina was born a healer. But after a horrific event forces her to leave her clan, she becomes desperate to learn the dark magic of the death dealers, mages who draw their power from the spirits of the dead. Colina was taught to fear and hate death dealers, but becoming one of them is the only way for her to get the revenge she seeks—and the only way for her to survive.
Colina asks a young death dealer named Luke to help her, but he’s reluctant to train her in the Death Arts. Little does she know convincing him to teach her will be the easiest part of her journey. To become a death dealer, Colina will need to undergo three dark rituals, each more terrifying than the last. At the same time, she’ll have to deal with her growing feelings for her mentor. Too bad the first ritual involves him strangling her to death.
As Colina undergoes the trials, she discovers an untapped darkness within herself. If she survives the horrific rituals and gains dark power, what will she become?
Catrina Burgess’ Dark Rituals series originally appeared on Wattpad with over three million reads. Awakening is the first book of four and was named Wattpad’s Best Suspense Story of 2014.
I shrugged my shoulders. “Look, everything in life is a risk—a gamble. I’m here, and I’m
throwing the dice.” I didn’t want to ask the next question on my mind. It’d been haunting me
ever since he’d told me about the ritual, but now, standing here in the cemetery, I had to know.
“How are you going to do it?” I whispered.
“Strangulation is the easiest.” His voice was suddenly void of emotion.
What the hell did he mean, “strangulation is the easiest?” I assumed he’d give me a
potion. I’d drink something, slowly fade out, and then be given an antidote to undo the spell.
“I’m going to put my hands around your neck and squeeze the life out of you. You have
to experience the pain—experience your death at the hands of a death dealer. It’s the only way
the ritual works.” Fear—there it was again in his eyes. “You don’t have to do this. It’s crazy
we’re doing this.”
I took a deep breath and stepped toward him, even though my body screamed at me to run away
from certain pain and death. “You know we don’t have a choice. If you want to save your sister,
you need my help. I can’t help you as I am. I need power.” It was true—I wanted to save his
sister—but I also wanted to exact my revenge, and I was willing to do anything to see the men
who killed my family pay.