The Shifter by Jean Johnson

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This book, however, is a bit heavier on plot and action than some of her others, although I still wouldn’t recommend it to someone looking for an action-heavy read; Jean’s pace is more exploratory.
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Before the Sons of Destiny came to be, shapechangers ruled the heart of a shattered empire and navigated the uncertain shifts of fate…
 
Years have passed since there was any sighting of Family Mongrel on the Shifting Plains. Yet traces remain, and they lead south into the Correda Mountains. As a favor to his brother and sister-in-law, Kenyen Sin Siin has taken it upon himself to track down these hints from the past and make sure the curs have not survived. The trail grows colder, more tangled, until he’s trapped in a valley where not everyone is as they seem.  He will either adapt and survive or be uncovered and perish before his mission is complete.
 
Wary of strangers and distrustful of the unfamiliar, Solyn Ys Rei and her best friend have formed a secret resistance. One of a rare few with the ability to stand up to and evade enemies, she must still tread with great caution, particularly when even her best friend starts acting oddly. Allies could be enemies lurking in disguise, and a stranger’s face could hide a new foe as easily as a new friend.
 

About Jean Johnson

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The best part about being a writer is the joy of entertaining others. Whether it's sad or scary, silly or sexy, I love knowing that one of my stories has given someone a good time. I hope this is one of those stories for you, too. Currently I live in the Pacific Northwest. Feel free to drop by my website for a chat.
 
Published May 1, 2012 by Berkley. 316 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 5 | Positive: 2 | Negative: 3

Night Owl Sci-Fi

Excellent
Reviewed by Robin on Jun 13 2012

If you are looking for something different to read then Ms. Johnson's books are the way to go. The characters and the world they live in is so different from any other story out there. I can't wait for more.

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Fiction Vixen

Below average
Reviewed by Catherine on May 15 2012

I was just not a huge fan of the simple feel to the people and the world. It was all just…there. No real nuance or feeling of layers.

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Fresh Fiction

Good
Reviewed by Jessica Dunn on Aug 01 2012

Jean Johnson's THE SHIFTER is a breath of fresh air. The world Johnson has created is unique from the numerous paranormal or fantasy romance novels on the market.

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Errant Dreams Reviews

Below average
Reviewed by Heather on Jun 08 2012

This book, however, is a bit heavier on plot and action than some of her others, although I still wouldn’t recommend it to someone looking for an action-heavy read; Jean’s pace is more exploratory.

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That's What I'm Talking About

Below average
May 15 2012

There are some very sexy scenes in The Shifter, but there’s a sense of detachment to them that caused me to feel that something was missing from them. The frequent use of the characters’ very exotic full names is a bit of a stumbling block at first, although this strain eased considerably once they were referred to by their first names only...There were other moments, which are harder to define, that simply made the story feel “off” to me as well.

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