Author: Jean Johnson
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Berkley Trade (November 3, 2009)
Full Disclosure: Purchased
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Tava is a shifter, but cannot let anyone in the village she resides in know. When her father is brutally murdered leaving her alone in the world, she decides to go out and avenge him. While hunting the band of thieves that murdered her father, Tava encounters a Shifterai warband. Only knowing the horror stories her mother had told her father, Tava is weary of them, and careful to not reveal her true self to them.
Kodan is the leader of the warband, and after watching a shapeshited Tava take down a full grown man, and not recognizing her scent, he wants to know more about her. So when he sees her fighting with one of the men from her village, he strikes up a bargain to bring her with his warband. One way or another, Kodan is determined to show Tava that not all shifters are like the ones her mother warned her about.
I love Jean Johnson, seriously. She is one of my must buy authors. Ever since I read her Sons of Destiny series. And Shifting Plains didn't disappoint. While I didn't fall as in love with these characters as I have her other ones, Shifting Plains had very depth filled characters.
I enjoyed watching Tava blossom from being someone who had to contain her true feelings and thoughts, to someone who could speak freely around her people. It was so amazing. There were a couple of confrontations that I thought could have been drawn out more, but as a whole it was a great read.
Plus some of the scenes between Tava and Kodan, seriously left me wanting to howl at the moon. (HAHA howl at the moon, shape shifters, do you get it!? okay moving on now) This book is not for those who do not enjoy some steamy scenes, not that there were many, and they weren't just randomly thrown in. The sexual scenes fit very well into the story line and weren't abundantly disgusting or graphic. Just the way I like them.
Over all I would recommend this book happily to anyone who had enjoyed her previous novels, or anyone who enjoys a paranormal setting that isn't all about vampires and werewolves.