Nightvision Twilight Shadows is the first in a trilogy.
There is a darkness spreading across the land, war. A war none were prepared to face, or stop. Living in a land of relative peace, none of the ruling shifter families command armies, so when one of their own turn against them, one by one they fall into his enslavement.
Dante first learns of the approaching threat when he finds a lost princess stranded in his forest. Prince Kobrona is wielding the forbidden, near-forgotten death magic and using it to bind the royals to his will. Against this horror, Dante can muster no immediate defense and so begins his journey with Nakai to earn his crown, save his people, and perhaps even his world.
The Mother's Realm is a world populated by the shapeshifter families and a multitude of elementals. The Mother is a world tree, central to everything. Her roots run through the earth like veins, and her branches embrace the very sky. Through her flows all magic. Magic is the lifeblood. It is the energy that all are birthed from and to which all return. Unless, the Mother rejects one, then that one becomes a shade, cursed to wander alone in the in-between.
The families are each ruled by the Mother's chosen royal bloodlines. Should the bloodline die out, she will Bless another. To truly rule and become king or queen, the royal must complete a test that the Mother sets in their path. Upon completion, the Mother will send them an elemental to strengthen their connection. There are many families in the Mother's Realm. The Nightvision trilogy is centered on Prince Dante Canidea of the forest wolves, and Crown-princess Nakai Owlderah of the owl family.