Auren finds a way to escape the pain of her torture, but when Makari realizes it’s preventing him from “cleansing” her, he finds ways of randomizing the pain to keep her present. Still, she does not succumb to the torment.
When Makari can’t get through to her, he decides Drevin, the emperor of the Galvadi, is right. Auren is the delohi-saqu. Now Makari is no longer concerned with cleansing her because the delohi-saqu cannot be cleansed. He resorts to more sadistic methods to extract information about the Coalition. If Auren can’t resist, her friends and hundreds of innocent people will die.
Author, Renee Scattergood, has once again written a great episode in the Shadow Stalker series. Episode 8: Broken, shows us a much more mature Auren. The torture she endures at the hands of Makari is tremendous, almost too much for me, and yes, I cried.
Episode 8 is much darker than the other seven. It is hard for Auren, and Makari; trying to understand their growing feelings for each other in spite of the torture. I can’t wait to read more of how their relationship evolves and how they plan to get away from the hold Drevin has on them.
Five Stars *****