Friday, April 6, 2012

The Shifter-Jean Johnson

The Shifter

Jean Johnson

Berkley, May 1 2012, $15.00

ISBN: 9780425247334

Clan Cat mates Kodan and Tava (see Shifting Plains) ask his brother Kenyen to hunt for any surviving curs from the vicious Family Mongrel though none of these monsters has been seen here in a long time. Kenyen knows these beasts rape and murder before stealing the identities of their victims.

Kenyen meets fleeing Traver, who is being stalked by curs having taken the identities of nearby locals. When the pair is trapped, Kenyen acts like a renegade and agrees to pretend to be Traver. Thus he meets Traver’s “spouse” Solyn, but pretends to suffer from amnesia. He learns the couple is best friends who faked a marriage to keep her safe from Tunric. Solyn knows something changed as she is attracted to Traver not as a sister but as a lover.

This is an engaging romantic fantasy starring a courageous hero who makes the tale with his insight as a stranger in a strange society pretending to be one of them. Readers will enjoy this engaging thriller as the Johnson Shifting Plains (prequel series to the Sons of Destiny saga) mythos brilliantly expands.

Harriet Klausner

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