Your novel is disturbing in that it insists on exposing the layers of bestiality inherent in us all, and more so in that it illuminates that the more we embrace this wild, instinctual side as a conscious part of our whole selves, the more we have a chance for an authentic existence and one of true altruism and our best potential.
Forever Autumn is full of mystic rituals, romance, violence and adventure, and just like V, these words reflect what all of us want in that private dark place we think no one else knows about. She is a strong independent woman who loves, has sex, kicks ass, carries out the duties of a High Priestess and has the love and loyalty of beautiful and strong men without giving up anything that is herself.
When everything she loves is ripped away from her she becomes a merciless and efficient killing machine. Each one responsible for destroying her world will be found and killed until there are no more. But in the midst of revenge and chaos, can she find the courage to live again? And if she does and takes that chance, what would happen if it is all shattered again?
V is strong, spiritual and successful but even she may not be able to stand against all the Norms.
Forever Autumn is the first in the Changer series.
Compelling scene, the intensity between V and Adrian (and the explanation of the Runes' meanings) creates interest to hold the attention of folks not familiar with the Runes; while the tit-for-tat with the Runes make for interesting parallels to the lore for those of us who do know (like Odin and Thor countering each other's blessings and curses for a favorite of Thor's). This is good stuff! Reminds me of the realist Celtic myth/fantasy style that Charles de Lint's work has.