Published: April, 2010
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This book had a lot of twists and turns. I didn't know who was I was rooting for or what I wanted Isabel to do. We don't know what's happening or why, just like Isabel herself. The book starts with Isabel in the Mistwood being approached by Prince Rokan and his brother Will. He takes her back to the castle with him. As she navigates her life in the castle, certain memories come back to her and she has an overall sense of knowing what she needs to do. Almost immediately she settles in at the castle and begins picking up information from the court.The Shifter is an immortal creature bound by an ancient spell to protect the kings of Samorna. When the realm is peaceful, she retreats to the Mistwood. But when she is needed she always comes. Isabel remembers nothing. Nothing before the prince rode into her forest to take her back to the castle. Nothing about who she is supposed to be, or the powers she is supposed to have. Prince Rokan needs Isabel to be his Shifter. He needs her ability to shift to animal form, to wind, to mist. He needs her lethal speed and superhuman strength. And he needs her loyalty-because without it, she may be his greatest threat. Isabel knows that her prince is lying to her, but she can't help wanting to protect him from the dangers and intrigues of the court . . . until a deadly truth shatters the bond between them. Now Isabel faces a choice that threatens her loyalty, her heart . . . and everything she thought she knew.
There is a lot of mystery surrounding the last time she served the King, and how & why she left. There was magic and death involved. She is struggling to remember what exactly happened and what it means to her today. She has been unable to shift so she attempts to learn more about the "Shifter" legend with the help of a friend with the hope that she will figure out how to use her powers. Meanwhile, she is having trouble figuring out exactly who or what is threatening Rokan. He must have had a reason for tracking down a legend... a very good reason, and Isabel wants to know what it is.
When a new character comes into play the story takes a whole new direction. Isabel's loyalty is muddled and she is more at odds with her shifter self than ever. The Shifter is supposed to be blindly loyal and unfeeling, yet Isabel feels more like a human and refuses to acknowledge it. When it comes time to choose between two people to guard, who will she choose? Like the hopeless romantic I am I was immediately on the look out for who would be Isabel's leading man, and frankly I didn't know who I wanted for her. At first it was a certain guy... then he dies! I was pretty much shocked. This story is just so twisted, it was enjoyable. This review does not do this book justice, there is a lot going and a lot of mystery. You're kept in the dark along with the heroine.
I give this book 4 Stars!
Would you be able to trust your life to a Shifter (or any paranormal being)?