Artur and Elena have been kidnapped by a group called the Consortium. A group determined to find out the science of how their gifts work and how best to control and bind them to the Consortium by torture and intimidation. What the Consortium didn't anticipate was the integrity of the pair, nor the affect that Elena would have on one of their best enforcers. With unexpected help from Rictor, Elena's guard, Elena and Artur find a way to communicate telepathically; they bond in a deep and lasting manner and manage to escape.
SHADOW TOUCH by Ms. Marjorie M. Liu touched me deeply on several different levels. The torture both Artur and Elena endure was devastating, however, their strength of mind and ethics as they battled to survive reminded me that no matter how tough the situation there is always hope. The loneliness of the pair that you could almost taste had me in tears; their willingness to help themselves and others during their trials in this book proved to me that a "leap of faith and trust" is something we can all find within ourselves no matter how torturous our lives seem on a daily basis. SHADOW TOUCH has it's dark moments but to me the overwhelming feeling I took away from this book was one of hope and the knowledge that no matter how different our gifts and personalities are, with a little trust in others and love if you are willing to look for and fight for it the world would be a much better place. A superb story by an author that has moved to my "must buy" list.