Tessa sat down, fixing me with those eyes that seemed much too old for her young face.
Were too old. She tilted her head to one side, and she said, “Just begin with your name.
Just begin with one word. That is how everything starts. The longest of journeys begins with that first, small step. The important thing is simply to decide in which direction you wish to walk.” She smiled, reached across and squeezed my hand. Then, she disappeared into the night.
I looked down at the faintly lined pages; stroking them lightly with the tips of my fingers.
Then, I took a deep breath and wrote, at the top of the page, my name.
Tessa has finally found Cat Connolly, only to discover she never wanted to be found. Cat is a Thyla now. She lives with Tessa’s clan. Tessa was the one who turned her.
And Cat doesn’t want to go back.
In the Thyla clan, Cat finally feels accepted, in a way that she never did in the human world. She doesn’t want to return to a place where she was an outcast and a “freak”. But all is not well among the Thylas. The new treaty with the Sarcos is causing tension. Cat’s friend, Delphi, is adding fuel to the fire with her suspicion that the Diemens may not be the true enemy. More bodies are being discovered. And Cat has made a discovery herself: a discovery about Tessa that threatens to tear the Thyla clan apart.
Then, into Cat’s life wanders a Vulpi – an English shapeshifter – and this meeting changes everything for Cat as she finds out more about shapeshifters and Diemens, and about her own heart.
Vulpi continues the true story of the history of Tasmania. It is a story of darkness, of convicts, of devils and tigers, of alchemy and of secrets that have been kept for centuries.
It is the story of how the shapeshifters were created, and a clue to what they might become. It is the story of what happened to Cat, and about the decisions we all must make as we learn how to be.
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