Here's a little about The Messenger, if you haven't read it yet:
The Messenger is the story of young Alexis Forysth and Cougar "Coug" MountainScreamer. Alex is a California girl who moves out to the Puget Sound in Washington when her mother dies, to live with her older cousin Liam. Coug is a skinwalker, a cursed soul who lives possessed by the spirit of the mountain lion and a hatred for the white race. When the two find themselves inseparable from each other, the rest of the skinwalkers will do their worst to keep Cougar and Alex apart, even if that means killing them both.
"The Storyteller" comes from the meaning of the animal totem Badger. In the Skinwalker books, the badger's host is Benjamin Beran, the "Chief" of Cougar's tribe. It goes without saying that Ben will have a big significance in this installation, but I'm not entirely ready to reveal exactly how.
When it comes to Coug and Alex, this sequel is going to be much more focused on the two as individuals rather than as a duo. They will have to spend a lot of time apart and do a lot of journeying without the other. During the interim, they've spent a lot of time together and become used to the other's company. It will definitely be a rude awakening for them both.
This one is also going to be more focused on the skinwalkers than the previous. There's going to be a ton more individuals introduced, a lot more than the total of five you read about in the last book. Coug will also have to make some new "friends," as his journey is going to be just as physical as it is emotional and spiritual. Unfortunately, this will change him in many ways. He's going to become a lot more serious, brooding, distant, and he's going to have to grow up from 18 fast. Reality is going to sink in for him.
Among his new team, two new skinwalkers will be introduced that act as his "foundation." One is a girl with a very special ability, while the other is a boy with an eccentric type of sadism.
The girl, Aria, plays host to the spirit of the lynx. I haven't yet picked out a specific origin for her, but due to the lynx's significance in Ojibwe lore, she may come from the Ontario/Michigan area. I can just imagine her staring out over the great lakes, lost in thought. If you look into the Lynx's abilities according to its totem medicine, you can start to imagine why this girl might have a very useful power to the rapidly approaching war between the skinwalkers. I'm not very willing to say much more about it, but I am willing to give you all a hint: The lynx is the seer, and the knower of secrets. The same can be assumed about its human counterpart.
As of today, The Storyteller is just in storyboarding, the same initial process I went through with The Messenger. It's still in the early stages, so let me know in the comments: what are your favorite animals, and what types of skinwalkers would you like to see teaming up in this next installment? Leave your opinion below!