Spirit Warriors: The Lamenting (Paperback)
In The Lamenting, Emme and her friends Jack, Ollie, Bets and Charlie are Spirit Warriors-teenagers who merge with spirit animals to fight the evil Machayiwiw, who's brought tragedy to their families for generations. At the opening of Book Four of the Spirit Warriors series, we find Emme reeling from dehydration and hypothermia while Charlie recovers from a stab wound to the heart. The friends vow to use their special abilities to conquer the Machayiwiw once and for all. Emme musters the courage to instigate a battle, but what she thinks will be a clean solution spirals out of control. Charlie has become more grizzly bear than human and his rage results in a canyon full of dead poachers while the Machayiwiw flees yet again. As the friends struggle to bring Charlie back from the wild, Emme realizes it's Jack who she's loved all along. Threats and perils escalate along with Emme's romance. In this story of suspense, tenderness and tragedy, the friends, in both their animal and human forms, face the ultimate question: What are they willing to sacrifice to save one another?
Della Connor (D.E.L. Connor) was born in South Dakota and raised in Southeastern Montana where she acquired a keen appreciation for Western and Native American culture. She moved to Texas as a young adult and acquired her honorary Texan status. She became a registered nurse, a nurse practitioner and eventually earned her PhD in nursing. She still works as a nurse educator and as a nurse practitioner. Her nights and weekends, however, are filled with her stories and books. The Spirit Warriors story evolved from a short story she wrote for a college English class in the early 1990's. The professor read it, loved it and asked her to stay after class and discuss it. During this discussion, he told her that a "dark" story like hers, that was written for older children, would be unmarketable and unsaleable. The story kept floating around in her mind. Finally, J.K. Rowling, Stephenie Meyers and others stepped forward with amazing "dark" stories to create a new genre called Young Adult. The time was finally right for her to write the story that had consumed her imagination for so long.