FROM THE BOOK COVER:Pride is the third book in the Shifter series about werecat/tabby Faythe. For a change of pace I purchased the unabridged audio version of this book. Rachel Vincent’s stories are rich with character dialogue and I find this type of novel translates particularly well to audio performance. In Pride, Faythe faces the consequences of her actions from Rogue and stands trial for the infection and murder of her obviously ex-boyfriend. The possible sentence is death setting up a tense and dramatic tone from the outset. The trial continues through the course of the entire novel punctuated by bursts of exciting action-laden scenes.
I'm on trial for my life. Falsely accused of infecting my human ex-boyfriend—and killing him to cover up the crime. Infecting a human is one of three capital offenses recognized by the Pride—along with murder and disclosure of our existence to a human.
I'm two for three. A goner.
Now we've discovered a rogue stray terrorizing the mountainside, hunting a wild teenage tabbycat. It's up to us to find and stop him before a human discovers us. With my lover Marc's help, I think I can protect the vulnerable girl from both the ambitious rogue and the scheming of the territorial council.
The trial takes place at a remote lodge in Oregon and the outcome of Faythe’s fate is constantly interrupted and delayed to deal with an incursion of strays into the remote environs, further complicated by the intervention and complaints of the lone werebear Keller (I couldn’t help imagining the character as Dan Haggerty from Grizzly Adams) in whose territory the lodge resides. Hikers have also gone missing and everyone races against time to eliminate the threat and preserve their secrecy from humanity.
Faythe rescues a feral teenage tabby named Kaci on the run from the strays and the unfolding of her story becomes inextricably linked with Faythe’s future and the final decision rendered by the Council at her trial. Faythe is really put through the ringer in Pride as she continues to struggle against the authority of the Council, their old-fashioned principals and the almost oppressive patriarchal society that she can’t escape. Time and again she must and does prove her worth and her frustration is palpable when her actions are at most grudgingly recognized. Her father is the exception but even he is constrained by the politics of the Council.
Representative of the worst of the old school shifter thinking and political manipulation is the character of Calvin Malone, the key Council member and primary adversary. Along with Faythe I came to detest this self-righteous, manipulative bastard who would be the principal architect of her ultimate fate. The audio version portrayal of this character further emphasized the sheer mean-spirited nastiness of this rival for her fathers power and embodiment of bigotry and prejudice. As a result of actions taken during the time at the lodge, Marc, Faythe’s on again off again lover also suffers at the fate of the Council, his former stray status working against him.
Faythe continues to be one of my favourite urban fantasy characters. The werecat culture is well-defined and Faythe’s struggle to find her place and make her mark in her world gains momentum with each new entry in the series. Pride leaves us with plenty of significant story arcs to be continued in the July release of Prey. What will become of Marc and Faythe’s relationship, Kaci’s future and Faythe’s fathers defense of his position as head of the Council. Where will Faythe’s new responsibilities lead her. I look forward to the answers.
Please join us here on July 1 when Rachel Vincent will be guest blogging here to talk about the fourth Shifter book Prey.
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