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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
The Rainmaker by Petra Landon is the second book in the Saga of the Chosen series. Tasia Armstrong has found her place as part of the Shifter Pack, where she has friends she can rely on and a growing bond with the Alpha that confuses her. Tasia finds herself in the center of Pack politics and the continuous threat of Lady Bethesda. When an enemy of the past is released, Raoul and the Pack are on the hunt to finally put an end to a reign of terror. As Tasia continues to keep secrets to protect herself, she's pushed to confront her fears. She has to decide if she's willing to risk everything for the Pack or return to hide in the shadows.
Tasia's life is a great contrast to what it was before as she's surrounded by protection and friends, finding a place with people who have her back and come to her defense. She's no longer on her own or struggling to survive. Her new place has a 'warm home' feel to it as she's constantly surrounded by the hustle and gossip of the Pack. Petra Landon continues to explore the dynamics between the shifters and the vampires, whom the shifters refer to as “leeches”, and their hatred for each other, but also the politics from both sides. Landon takes the old idea of vampires versus werewolves and makes it completely new with an inside look into Pack politics and traditions. It's interesting to see how this world operates in ways easily reflecting our own with a view at the justice system. A lot of humor is supplied throughout as Tasia is still learning the ins and outs, and discovers her new home is also riddled with gossip about her relationships, especially her bonds with her friend, Hawk, and her interesting dynamic with Raoul.
A hint at romance is explored as Tasia and Raoul have come to trust each other with a growing respect and, in certain ways, how they've come to lean on each other. It's fun seeing how their relationship evolves as equals, but also through the hints at the possibility of romance if the two can learn to bring down the walls both have put up around each other. Other romance is explored in the background with a budding relationship that is sweet and adds a light layer to the story. The Rainmaker is a brilliant follow-up to The Prophecy in a gritty journey of bravery and loyalty with romance, danger, and friendship.