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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Complex, epic, and sensational, A Shift Toward Prey by Natalie Allison is the first book and a stunning opening into the Chronicles of the Fringe series. This is a story with powerful characters, creatures of the night and shape-shifters, poised for war. In the Fringe land, the young Jaguar-Shifter named Chiari Jhahn can no longer sit quietly and watch her elder sister, Reyhani Jhahn, lead her kind to certain doom when she knows she can do something about it. Her sister is doing everything to start a war with their old enemy, the Vampires of the Everdark, and the bitter reality is that the vampires are far superior and stronger than them. Now she must do something to stop her sister and avoid the complete eradication of their kind. But who will follow her, at a time when even one’s greatest friends can be their worst enemies; who can she trust?
A Shift Toward Prey by Natalie Allison was a wonderful reading experience for me. There is a lot to love in this fantasy, including the fact that the author explains concepts, shifter casts, and offers a relevant glossary before the story. The story itself starts with a controversial discussion, a dramatic event that immediately introduces the reader to the conflict and to the key characters in the story. The conflict escalates pretty quickly and becomes complicated in no time, and the reader is caught up in a race to see how it ends. Allison’s writing is superb, the plot well-imagined and executed skillfully. This is a fast-paced story filled with prolific scenes and intense action. You’ll be transported to an amazing setting to watch awesome action taking place. A very satisfying read!