Love fantasy but think you've seen it all? Think again. The 'Half-Shell Prophecies' takes your expectations and shakes them up - in a good way. The protagonist (Katie Lin) is a jaded woman who has always known about the magical world (the Mythos)...and she's turned her back on it. She knows enough to want no part of the trials and tribulations that are part of the Mythos. Of course, she gets forced into a world-altering conflict anyways, and handles herself with ... er... mostly the opposites of grace and aplomb. Katie does what she needs to do to save herself and those she cares about, and some of what happens isn't pretty. And some beings she encounters are very pretty indeed. Modern no-nonsense woman + fantastical beings and worlds = sharp contemporary adventure novel.