Sani Natonaba’s ancestors have lived in these canyons for more than seven hundred years, but they aren’t the only ones. When he awakens to the bleating of his family’s sheep being slaughtered, he learns that something is stalking this isolated corner of the reservation, a predator unlike any he has encountered before, one that attacks with alarming stealth and ferocity.
Only his grandfather knows what lurks outside in the darkness, but a stroke has left him unable to communicate, forcing Sani to embark upon a journey into the distant past to discover the horrible truth. And he’s running out of time. There’s no sign of an end to the killing and already he’s found claw marks and strange footprints around his home.
Sani must decipher the clues hidden a millennium ago by the Anasazi before their mysterious disappearance if he’s to have any hope of surviving the impending confrontation with an ancient enemy that has already hunted his bloodline to the brink of extinction.

“Intriguing in fact as well as devastating in the implications it brings to Sani’s young life, this is a chilling accounting of an encounter between the past and the present brought to life by author McBride in a most entertaining fashion.”– New York Journal of Books

“Michael McBride weaves an intriguing story that mixes history, legends, mystery and literary horror into one impressive tale.” – I Heart Reading

“I won’t give any more away, except to say that this is a fantastic read, the pace and tension are spot on. The attention to detail is impressive and the research, second to none. Whatever Michael McBride turns his hand to, be it horror, mystery or thriller, he continually produces gripping stories with stunning characters and long may it continue.” – Scream Magazine

“Sani must face down an evil that has plagued his people for centuries and overcome it to not only save his family and livelihood but also understand who he is in the world. McBride handles this with a deftness that is a testament to his talent and which leaves the reader honored to have shared in the experience with him through this novel.” – Examiner

“When I got to the last few pages and I thought I had it all figured out, I was rewarded with yet another surprise that left me thinking about it for a while. I definitely didn’t see that one coming.” – Mystery Sequels”

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