Step into the Shadows of Umbrae …
Miri’s world at P.A.W.S. in St. Louis is falling apart. First, Danny is accused of stealing her opapa’s charm. But before he can defend himself, he mysteriously disappears. Miri seeks Josh for help and advice, but he too has gone missing.
Then Lilith has a vision – Miri dragged away by wolves. Miri needs answers, answers that she feels sure are hidden in the blank pages of the book of Argentum.
With the help of Lilith, she travels to the ancient city of Safed. There, with the aid of a mystical rabbi and an outspoken werecat, her omama’s story is slowly revealed. And Miri uncovers something else, a world hidden deep beneath our own – the labyrinth of shadows also known as Umbrae.
Finny had been born a werecat, part of a small, secret community that lived on the outskirts of Vienna. She had first changed form when she was just a few days old. It was like that for werecats. The wolves she knew were different. A child born to werewolf parents would usually not turn before adolescence. As a young werecat, she had some contact with the wolves that lived in a pack out in the Vienna Woods. The teenagers had taunted her and chased her, but she got the better of them as she was small and agile and could climb trees. She once pelted a whole pack of wolves with acorns as she sat in the branches of a large oak hidden from their view. She laughed at their howls.
Her mother scolded her when she found out. “You’re going to get yourself into a heap of trouble one of these days, Finny.” The mother cat, a formidable queen with a golden coat, reached out to swipe her wayward daughter, but Finny just laughed and ran to hide.
When it came down to it, though, trouble had come looking for Finny, rather than the other way around.