ELF SAGA: DOOMSDAY - Part 1 of 5:
As Jenavelle and her companions search for a way to stop the coming dragon apocalypse, they are trapped in a town full of giant vermin and deformed peasants, but Jena has no patience for classic fantasy dilemmas. She's seen this song and dance a dozen times, and knows exactly how to handle monsters, curses, and witches: with fire and steel.
When the young witch Wren and her immortal tutor Omar emerge from the frozen wastes of Europa at the warring cities of Constantia and Stamballa, they discover that war is the least their problems. Frozen corpses are erupting from the ground, an immortal warrior is causing havoc on the battlefield, and a single grieving mother is the link between the two.
The dragon-possessed healer Asha joins forces with the fox witch Wren, the airship engineer Taziri, and the immortal knight Gideon to save a family of living gods from an ancient evil: the immortal Lilith.
Omar Bakhoum, a man with many lives and many names, leaves his vast and mysterious empire behind to join a dangerous airship expedition to the glaciers of Europa. There, he hopes to find a mythical island where he can continue his studies of the aether mist that reveals the souls of the dead to unlock the secrets of immortality.
As a child, Asha was poisoned by a dragon and found she could hear the souls of all living things. Decades later, she uses her strange gift and her training as an herbalist to care for people possessed by ghosts, poisoned by legendary beasts, and tortured by the cruel doctors from the east.
Princess Qhora has always feared being alone, and now she is. Exiled from her Incan homeland, deprived of her dashing husband, and separated from her beloved beasts, she must now gather new allies to find a killer and free the souls of hundreds of murdered men and women.
The once-proud Espani nation lost everything to the plagues and monsters of the New World. But fencing master Lorenzo Quesada believes an ancient relic will restore his dying country to prosperity and honor, as long as the military doesn't find it first.
When the local airfield is destroyed, Taziri Ohana is the only airship pilot left to chase the killers across the skies of Marrakesh. Along the way she meets a brooding marshal, a wild young pilot, and a grim detective who isn't afraid to get her hands dirty, but can they stop the richest and most powerful women in the world?
Ava Delainey is not a vampire, she's a hybrid (a daywalker created when her pregnant mother was bitten by a vampire, like Blade). But one night she stumbles fully into the paranormal world of psychic enslavement, magic spells, and clan wars. And everyone wants a piece of her.
The novella is well-written with plenty of action and several interesting characters, but the story could use a bit more focus. Too often the characters stand around to recap what just happened and argue about what to do next.
Thirst ends on strong note. Ava has a dark and twisted future ahead of her. I think Thirst will read better in a compilation with its inevitable sequels.