Plot Summary: Two hundred years ago, two wizard families battled for supremacy, and the Raintree clan defeated the Ansara's. Like a version of the Hatfield and McCoys, their bitter feud carries over to their decedents, who still plot and guard against new attacks. Each wizard has different powers, which become more potent at the summer solstice. There are three `royal' members at the top of the Raintree clan, Dante, Gideon, and Mercy, and each story in this trilogy focuses on one sibling.
The best deal is to buy the complete trilogy bound into one book (only $10!). Each story is written by a different author, but they obviously collaborated well, because the story moves seamlessly from book to book.
Book one introduces us to Dante, the `dranir' or king, of the Raintree clan. He runs a hotel/casino in Reno, Nevada, and he catches a woman with flame-colored hair stealing him blind at the card tables. Lorna Clay has always had a talent for numbers, and her ability to predict the cards coming up is child's play. While Dante is interviewing Lorna, a fire breaks out in the casino below. Dante's power is commanding fire, so he's flummoxed when the inferno rages out of his control. By tapping into Lorna's power, without her consent, he's able to get them out safely and minimize the damage. Now Dante has to figure out if Lorna is one of the hated Ansara, or a `stray' talent.
In the second book we meet Gideon, Dante's brother, who is a police detective on the East Coast. Gideon has an affinity to electricity, which also backfires on him since he invariably fries any device that uses a current. His new partner, Hope Mallory, is a pain in his side, because she can't understand how he solves his homicide cases. It's simple really; Gideon can talk to ghosts. Soon a serial killer is threatening them both, and Gideon must decide how much to reveal to his lovely and annoying partner.
The final story centers on Mercy Raintree and her daughter, Eve. Mercy is the psychic powerhouse of the Raintree clan, and she is also the guardian of their Sanctuary, located in the Smokey Mountains. Unbeknownst to the Raintrees, the Ansara clan is preparing to attack Sanctuary, while eliminating Dante and Gideon in a triple strike. The Ansara dranir, Judah, has claimed Mercy's death for himself, but once he meets her, secrets from their entwined past are revealed. The end comes with a satisfying apocalyptic battle between both sides, with wizard powers unleashed and blazing, and a final resolution that ties up everything like a present with a bow.