A dark urban fantasy novel
Note: Lamia does contain some “mature content” – I don’t believe the violence or sex is gratuitous, but it’s there (along with various explorations of power, freedom, trust, love, gender, and change). It is a DARK fantasy, after all. Call it a vampire novel with a few twists, if you like.
Christian’s family have a natural ability to manipulate energy; they aren’t, however, the only witches in the world or even in the area. When his Scottish-born mother wants to return to her family, and her husband and his father decide to go with her, Christian is left as guardian of the house and library that have belonged to their family for generations. Not alone, however. His mother and grandfather leave him with a roommate, Mark, an apparently normal human around his own age, with instructions to ask Mark for help if he gets into trouble. The first time that happens, Christian learns that Mark’s male human side is only one aspect, the other being a powerful, dark, sensual and often bloodthirsty lamia called Alexandra, who agreed to trade backing Christian up for a place to live.
Throw in a group of witches called the Fellowship, who are firmly convinced that all witches should come under their authority and follow their rules, and a subgroup within the Fellowship who feel that the ends justify any means; a few supernatural threats; a friend from another independent witch family, who has a very close past history with a kitsune who says less than she does; Christian’s Dungeons and Dragons gamer group; a young black cat in dire need of a home; and a couple of non-witch friends, and life gets complicated in a hurry.