By Mindy Mejia

A zookeeper fights to save lots of the animal she loves, at the same time her personal existence crumbles round her

Meg Yancy is aware she should be overly hooked up to Jata, the Komodo dragon that has been in her care because it arrived on the zoo from Indonesia. Jata brings the unique to Meg's Minnesotan lifestyles: an historic, predatory historical past and tales of escaping to freedom. A species that grew to become endangered quickly after being came upon, Komodos have a legacy of independence, whatever that Meg is familiar with all too good. Meg has constantly been greater in a position to relate to reptiles than to humans, from her estranged father to her live-in boyfriend to the veterinarian who's extra keen on his profession than with the animals' lives.

Then someday, Meg makes an awesome discovery. Jata has produced doable eggs—without ever having had a mate. confronted with this infrequent phenomenon, Meg needs to now safeguard Jata's hatchlings from the clinical, spiritual, and media forces that converge at the zoo to assert the miracle as their own.

Finally compelled to accommodate the very humans she has kept away from for therefore lengthy, Meg discovers that beginning herself up comes with its personal issues. And as she fights to avoid wasting the animal she loves from the implications of its personal miracle, she needs to learn how to settle for that during nature, as in lifestyles, now not every little thing should be controlled.

Mindy Mejia's gripping debut novel highlights the perils of captivity and the unbelievable ways that animals evolve.

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Jenise concluded that the odd proclivities of men were very much a mystery to her. But then, nothing had been the same since her mother's mate had died. Page 26 She closed her eyes wearily, leaning her forehead against the cool stone encasement, her mind running over the conversation that had taken place not long ago in this very room. ''I will rule this kingdom," Karpon had bluntly stated. He was the brother of her mother's consort, the man who had ruled this often barbaric land. Jenise had shrugged.

The Familiar could set her free!  . The glimmer of freedom tantalized her. And she would never again have to worry about Page 32 having to rule Ganakari. That possibility would be destroyed along with her maiden's shield. Even if they were recaptured (and the odds were high that they would be), she would never let Karpon forget that she had gone to the Familiar on her own terms and that the Familiar had been her first and best. She knew Karpon. Over time that knowledge would slowly destroy him.

So what could she do? If she went ahead with it, then Wait.  . She inhaled sharply. Yes! It might work. Her shoulders straightened and a bittersweet smile tinged her lovely mouth. She would follow Karpon's plans, only on her own terms. Not tomorrow. Tonight. The foolish Karpon did not realize that he had provided the answer to her dilemma! The Familiar could set her free!  . The glimmer of freedom tantalized her. And she would never again have to worry about Page 32 having to rule Ganakari. That possibility would be destroyed along with her maiden's shield.

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