Author: Rachel Vincent
Publication: Mira; Original edition (March 1, 2010)
Product Description: 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….
My Thoughts: This episode in The Shifters sees even more trouble for Faythe and her pride. Not only are they under attack by Cal Malone who has managed to hide his activities from other werecats but Malone has recruited allies in the form of the almost legendary thunderbirds.
The thunderbirds have been told by Malone that Faythe's pride was responsible for the death of one of their members. This causes the death of two Sanders' enforcers and the injury of two others. The thunderbirds are determined to destroy Faythe's pack and determined to take her and Kaci to Malone. Faythe and Kaci and captured by thunderbirds and the only way to keep Kaci alive is to bring the real guilty party back for justice. Jace, Marc and Faythe have an almost impossible timeline. Also, Faythe needs to keep Jace and Marc from killing each other because both love and want her.
I like the introduction of the thunderbirds with their very different value system. The book blurb talks about making friends with them but I can't see that happening. The value systems between the werecats and thunderbirds are much too different. However, at the end, the thunderbirds owe Faythe. I'm curious to see how Faythe collects.
Much is unresolved at the end - both with the threatened civil war and with Faythe's own more personal problem with Marc and Jace. I can hardly wait until August when the final volume of this series comes out. Hopefully, all will be resolved.
This was an exciting read with lots of physically and emotionally fraught scenes.
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