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The Books of Barakhai (Mass Market)

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Benton Collins was a graduate student working in the bio lab to earn his way to his degree.  When a white lab rat somehow managed to escape its cage, Ben found himself chasing the rat into a storeroom that would ultimately lead him through a secret gateway into the realm called Barakhai.  And in Barakhai, Ben’s life would be forever changed, for this was a place peopled by inadvertent shapeshifters, humans forced to spend half their day—or night—in animal form.

Not everyone was happy with the life in Barakhai, a life where the general population was ruled by those few humans of royal blood who remained in their human form and were virtual dictators.  Ben, by virtue of being born on Earth, was not a shapeshifter either.  And a rebel named Zylas hoped that Ben could become the instrument to turn Barakhai around.  So Zylas and his comrade rescued Ben from certain death.  But if Ben agreed to join their cause, would he only be postponing the moment of his execution, and would he ever be allowed to return to his own world again?

About the Author

Mickey Zucker Reichert is a pediatrician, parent, animal lover, and author of twenty-some novels including Renshai, Nightfall, Barakhai, and Bifrost series, one illustrated novella, and fifty-plus short stories. She can be found at

Praise For…

"...This highly entertaining new series from fantasy maven Reichert...treats the reader to a credible and well-executed escape. Fans of light fantasy and animal rightists will eagerly await further volumes in the series." — Publishers Weekly

"Reichert knows her animals. She is also no slouch at narrative technique, and shows ingenuity and originality in setting up a situation that promises her best future Books of Barakhai." — Booklist

"This series opener by the author of the popular Renshai Chronicles novels features an ingenuous hero and a cast of wise-cracking, good-hearted characters in a story of high adventure and gentle humor.” — Library Journal

“Ms. Reichert populates her tale with complex, robust characters. The Byzantine plot is richly layered and detailed with humorous asides of animal behavior.” — Romantic Times

Product Details
ISBN: 9780756408381
ISBN-10: 0756408385
Publisher: DAW
Publication Date: March 5th, 2013
Pages: 512
Language: English
Series: Books of Barakhai