Status: Final Edits
Synopsis: In Helios, a secluded realm from the rest of the world, Augurs and humans live together separated by one portal to the outside where magic, powered by the moonstone their land evolved with centuries ago, cannot survive. Nikolai Brax and Val Edison are Powered detectives working an elusive drug ring while trying to navigate their own tumultuous lives (and their feelings for each other). Elixir, a variety of drugs which give regular humans temporary powers, is getting stronger by the day, with rumors of a dangerous new procedure with deadly consequences taking new volunteers.
When Nikolai and Val come across a murdered victim - an old friend of Nikolai’s who had mysteriously disappeared years ago - it brings new mysteries out of the woodwork, one in the form of a 500 year old assassin. Now, Nikolai must question everyone he trusts, including his own memories and family, in order to save himself and the people of his city from turning into something they cannot come back from. A story of love, friendship, and navigating mental illness, SHIFT is a science-fiction crime novel, part one of a duology, that examines what truly defines a legacy and one's own self-worth.