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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Heart of the Nagual is the second book in the Naguals series written by P.E. Pence. Sixteen-year-old twins, Patch and Yacey McCorckle, are naguals – human shapeshifters who are tribal guardians to Native Americans. After a dark-haired nagual takes control of their minds, the twins and their mother are set upon by hostile men who have orders to capture the twins and bring the gem, worn around Patch’s neck, to their boss. In fighting off their assailants, the twins discover that they have many friends who are willing to risk their lives in order to keep them safe. But with so many friends dying while trying to protect them, Patch and Yacey know that their only hope in keeping the gem (and their friends) safe is to learn as many different animal forms as possible to heighten their defenses. With a murderous megalomaniac hot on their tail, willing to do whatever it takes to get his hands on the precious gem, the twins must learn as much as they can - as quickly as possible while in transit to Mexico to take the fight to the homeland of their enemies.
I very much enjoyed the environmental value of this book as well as the paranormal elements. P.E. Pence has highlighted the plight of the problems of nature, which the main characters have discovered in their transformation as various animals. Although the main characters in Heart of the Nagual are shapeshifters, the lessons they learn ring true in the real world, such as the lack of water, the slaughter of wildlife, the life-bonding of some animals and more. The story itself is extremely imaginative and entertaining, and the characters are very engaging. I believe that Patch and Yacey’s tale of growth, adventure and determination can be enjoyed by readers of all ages who enjoy the paranormal and supernatural sci-fi.