Thursday, April 26, 2012

Shepherd's Moon (The Shepherds 1) by Stacy Mantle

It’s taken twelve years to earn the official title of Shepherd but she’s now mostly trained, fairly effective, and the first female in over two centuries to hold the position as protector of animals. All animals...

The Territorial Council isn’t thrilled with her new title of Shepherd, but they don’t have any more control over the appointment than they have over her. All they can really do is wait for her to screw something up – which Alex is determined not to do. Everything changes when a chance encounter with a genetically modified Shifter leaves Alex shaken and initiates a quest to locate its maker.

In a desperate bid to save her pack, Alex must infiltrate the Parallax Corporation – an international organization with their hands in everything from biomedical engineering to publishing. They have now expanded their efforts to include terrorism and are attempting to breed the perfect weapon.

Despite years of training and enough money from her live-in pack of misfits to finance a small country, Alex finds herself woefully unprepared to tackle the new threat. To make matters worse, Alex must work with a mysterious man who’s been trying to kill her since the day they met. Together with her pack, Alex must learn how to stop the biological cloning and find those responsible for the plan before it really does become a global threat.

Reviewer: Fashionta
Shepherd's Moon is one of those old fashioned paranormal novels where the focus is on the story rather than the romance. There are hints of romance but the main focus is on the characters. Alex is the first female shepherd in 2000 years and controls the south western area of the USA along with four other male shepherds. Their aim is to watch and protect the weres of America and handle any problems that arise, which there seems to be a lot of lately. Alex and her pack works for Richard as a specialist unit for Phoneix Metro and there seems to be a rash of problems popping up with weres who don’t seem to be what they are. Then Tristian arrives and creates new problems as Alex can’t use her powers and he's an immortal Nephilim half human, half angel.

Now it's true that I love my romance and I have pretty much read everything except FF. But it was nice change to be captivated by a book where the story was more focused on other things rather than romance. The characters each have stories to tell and we got to see some of them and will hopefully learn more as this is hopefully the first in a long series. It's something different since we more see paranormal heroines as hunters or guardians never both and I love this unique take. However, the ending was a disappointment, I would have liked to see it gradually coming closer to the cliffhanger and maybe adding a few extra scenes instead of the climax then cliffhanger. So I have to give this book 4 stars, because overall it’s an interesting and fantastic book.

Publisher: Self Published


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