Shift by Rachel Vincent
Paperback: 400 pages
Available: March 1, 2010
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Book received from: Publisher
Being the first female werecat enforcer isn’t easy. Scars accumulate, but I’m stronger in so many ways.
As for my personal life? It’s complicated. Choices worth making always are. Ever since my brother’s death and my father’s impeachment, it’s all I can do to prevent more blood from spilling. Now our Pride is under attack by a flight of vicious thunderbirds. And making peace with our new enemies may be the only way to get the best of our old foe.
With the body count rising and treachery everywhere, my instincts tell me to look before I leap. But sometimes a leap of faith is the only real option…
Shift is the 5th book in Rachel Vincent’s Shifter series. This is actually the first book in the series I’ve read but I had no trouble at all picking up the story and keeping up. However, after speaking with friends who have read the entire series, I’m told that the impact of the story would have been much greater had I read the first four books first. Honestly, I don’t even know what to say to that since I was completely blown away reading Shift.
Werecat Prides are taking sides and making alliances on the brink of civil war. While lives have been lost, and families are grieving over losses, political infighting and tension is thick. Faythe, the daughter of the South Central Pride leader and the only female enforcer is inline as her prides next alpha. As her family seeks to avenge the unjustified death of her brother, a new enemy emerges and threatens the Prides very existence. Faythe must face this dangerous enemy to find a way to save the life of a young Pride tabby, as well as her entire pride. The emergence of this new foe could significantly affect the outcome of the impending civil war by drastically weakening the South Central Pride.
As if she doesn’t have enough to worry about, Faythe’s personal life is a mess. In a moment of weakness after her brother’s death, she sought comfort in the arms of an old friend. The problem is, she has a longtime boyfriend that she loves. Her betrayal could not only emotionally destroy those directly involved—herself included—but because of her position in the pride, it could become a political mess as well. She will at some point be forced to face up to her infidelity and make difficult choices that could affect her entire Pride and the men that love her.
While I’m not always a fan of love triangles I will say that the romantic tension created between Jace, Faythe and Marc left me with a lump in my throat. Rachel Vincent has created such a balanced triangle with characters that tore at my heart. I was left completely undecided on my feelings in their relationship. Having become emotionally invested in all three characters I can’t stand the thought of any of them being ruined by the inevitable outcome of this entanglement, whatever it might be.
This book was was filled with suspense and emotional drama that kept me on the edge of my seat. I was riveted watching this young woman with the weight of her world on her shoulders forced to make difficult decisions that could either save or end lives, possibly change the face of the political foundation of the werecats, as well as decide the the future of the two men she loves.
The moment I began to read Shift, I was was completely immersed in Rachel Vincent’s world of werecats. I felt highly connected to the characters throughout and had a difficult time putting the book down for breaks. I will most definitely go back and read the series from the beginning before Alpha, the 6th and final book in the series comes out.
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Other books in the series:
Stray Book 1
Rogue Book 2
Pride Book 3
Prey Book 4
Alpha Book 6-Due out October 2010
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