Book 1 of the Arkadien series was a roller coaster. Not of emotions, but of thought. Translated from German, the story is about 2 Italian mafia families who have been each others greatest enemy for years, but who are not what they appear. Rosa, of the Alcantara clan, finds her way back to Italy, her sister Zoe and her aunt Florinda but winds up involved in something she never would have dreamed possible. Allesandro, of the Carnevare clan, finds himself attracted to Rosa, while embroiled in a inner clan takeover of sorts. Even though this is a mafia story, there are many paranormal elements involved. People who turn into animals.While the chemistry of the two main characters was lost through the translation, the story still works. You must leave a bit up to your imagination to fill in the blanks. Though many questions are not answered in this book, there must be a lot more to the story being the first book in a 3 book series.If you are looking for answers before more questions, this is not the book for you. If you are looking for a ride of uncertainty, this may be right up your alley.