Kim ten Tusscher achieved national renown in the Netherlands for her Lilith trilogy, about a young woman whose unique power comes to be the very center of a gruesome war. Hydraga (2008) is her debut novel. The key differentiator of Kim's books is their 'grey-scale' characters: no plain 'good' or 'bad'. It is left to the reader to assess the various personalities. This adds an element of depth and emotion to the already thrilling, quickly paced story.