The challenges of living as a shapeshifter are fascinatingly depicted in this compelling fantasy story. There are both pulse-pounding conflicts and emotionally wrenching situations that are vividly portrayed, and the moral dilemmas that are presented are extremely thought-provoking. It was wonderful to read about the unfolding of Karadel’s journey, as she battles with doubts about her life, her relationships, and the untruths that are a necessary evil in her life. There are delicious twists and turns in the story which balances horrific brutality and realistic and sweetly flowering relationships in a story that grabs you from the first word and makes it impossible to put down until that last gripping sentence. This series has continued to raise the bar as it evolves and definitely gives a different twist on the concept of living as a shapeshifter, with both its pros and cons, and I anxiously await more insights into this world!
“The Turning Season” by Sharon Shinn is part of the ‘Shifting Circle’ series that features a group of remarkable people who are dealing with the complications of being shape-shifters existing alongside unsuspecting humans. Karadel Baylor provides veterinary care to both domestic pets and those who are shapeshifters, even as she continues to search for a method of controlling both the shift itself and the animal shape assumed. Unfortunately, relationships between humans and shapeshifters are necessarily complicated, and both Karadel and her friend Celeste must deal with the repercussions which threaten to alter all of their lives irrevocably.
In national bestselling author Sharon Shinn’s latest Shifting Circle novel, a woman must choose between hiding her nature?and risking her heart...
For Karadel, being a shape-shifter has always been a reality she couldn’t escape. Even though she’s built a safe life as a rural veterinarian, with a close-knit network of shifter and human friends who would do anything for her?and for each other?she can’t help but wish for a chance at being normal.
When she’s not dealing with her shifts or caring for her animal patients, she attempts to develop a drug that will help shifters control their changes?a drug that might even allow them to remain human forever.
But her comfortable life is threatened by two events: She meets an ordinary man who touches her heart, and her best friend is forced to shift publicly with deadly consequences.
Now Karadel must decide whom to trust: her old friends or her new love.