Shifter Book Review on BC Blogcritics
Khalen and his blind healer wife Skye will be old friends to most readers. In Shifter, they now have two grown daughters who are ready to mate. Daughter Shaiya is quite promiscuous, but Kaili is uninterested in mating, especially since the man she thought would be hers was uninterested in her because she was not sexually experienced — even though it is supposedly an honor to be the man who takes a female Spirian’s virginity. In short, Kaili now has a chip on her shoulder toward men, but she has also been having visions of a special man who will come into her life.
Meanwhile, Bennet is plotting against Khalen’s family and Kaili is one of his intended victims. Khalen soon asks Zebastian to protect Kaili, but although Zebastian fits the descriptions of the man from Kaili’s visions, Kaili is hostile toward him, refusing to accept him as her future mate.
The plot thickens as Bennet continues his evil machinations. Added to the story is that Kaili’s brother Zhentu is missing and Zebastian has been called upon to help find him. Zebastian’s father has not gotten over the rage he feels over Zebastian supposedly killing Carter. Before it’s all over, there will be more than one showdown in which Zebastian will have to prove himself.
Portch keeps the pace moving, the plot thickening, the characters fighting, arguing, and loving to the last page. Shifter, like all the Spirian Saga, is a refreshing new take on paranormal fiction, using several elements from other supernatural tales, but adding new twists to them. The books are better written than the Twilight novels, and Portch’s world is just as complicated and entrancing as Meyer’s. Furthermore, Portch began writing her novels long before Twilight was published. These stories are also more adult than the Harry Potter series. Portch’s characters feel like real people, and despite their supernatural abilities, they are very human in their emotions, behaviors, wants, and needs.
I welcome this seventh book in the Spirian saga, and I look forward to book eight. I can’t wait to watch Zebastian and Kaili’s relationship progress further.