FROM THE BOOKCOVER:Prey is the fourth book in the Shifter series by Rachel Vincent featuring werecat tabby Faythe. Each new book in the series amps up the action and plot and pushes the main characters in new and interesting directions. The action in Prey is no exception and resumes several months after the events of the last book. Tension is running high in the Pride, Faythe is still separated from Marc, her father’s political future with the Council is under siege by his adversaries, the new tabby Kaci has issues with her dual nature and the tabby Manx is now to stand trial for murder. Everyone has their hands full.
Sometimes playing cat and mouse is no game…
Play? Right. My Pride is under fire from all sides, my father's authority is in question and my lover is in exile. Which means I haven't laid eyes on Marc's gorgeous face in months. And with a new mother and an I-know-everything teenager under my protection, I don't exactly have time to fantasize about ever seeing him again.
Then our long-awaited reunion is ruined by a vicious ambush by strays. Now our group is under attack, Marc is missing and I will need every bit of skill and smarts to keep my family from being torn apart. Forever.
When you toss in attacks on the enforcers in the Free Territories and family at the ranch, combine that with Marc disappearing and the ensuing hunt, a conspiracy among the strays and a death in the family - you have the most exciting and suspenseful book in the series to date. Faythe in particular is put through the emotional wringer, and we feel her pain, her highs and her lows, every step of the way. Faythe’s inner dialogue is deeper and more thoughtful as she is forced to deal with problems, responsibilities and outcomes that test her to her limits. Her relationships are no exception -
Having both Jace and Marc on the ranch made me feel like I was standing on a smoldering rope bridge over a lake of lava, and no matter which way I turned, I would eventually fall in and get fried.Some moments are light and humorous, particularly when Faythe has to deal with the teenage Kaci. Faythe reflects the likelihood of it being karma from her own behaviour at the same age.
"Whoa, Kaci, back up a bit." I shook my head and made myself meet her frank gaze. "You're waaaay too young to be thinking, about sex.Faythe has many sides – the lover, the enforcer/warrior, the mentor, the sister and the planner and strategist. She is becoming increasing complex, maturing and growing in scope with each book and is evolving into one of strongest and most engaging urban fantasy characters in the genre today. The werecat society is fully realized and fascinating as always. Its harsh rules and codes of behaviour are cleverly reflected in character motivations and actions.
She rolled her eyes, and the gesture was eerily familiar from my own adolescence. Okay, also from what little of my adulthood I'd survived so far.
"I was talking about kissing," Kaci said, in that exasperated tone she usually saved for my mother, during home-schooling. "I just meant, how old were you when you first kissed Marc? But since you brought up sex..." Her eyes glinted with a spark of mischief. "Same question."
Damn it! "Way older than you are." My head was throbbing and pain was shooting through my chest. I was having a panic attack. The little whelp was giving me an aneurism!
No one emerges unscathed or unchanged from the events that unfold in Prey. Political sides are drawn and the Pride is left poised on the brink of war. Faythe more than ever is stepping into her role as her father’s future successor to lead the Pride. Shift coming in March 2010 promises to be once heck of a story. If you haven’t read the series, I highly recommend you grab the first three books as well and dig in. You won’t be disappointed.
Prey officially releases July 1. Rachel Vincent will be here that day as well with a guest post, so please drop back and say hello and leave a comment.
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