Author: Cathy Clamp
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Tor Books (August 18, 2015)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
My Rating: 4 Stars!
USA Today bestselling author Cathy Clamp reboots the Sazi universe in Forbidden, a tightly-paced, high-tension urban fantasy thriller.
Ten years have passed since the war that destroyed the Sazi Council and inflicted a horrible "cure" on thousands of Sazi, robbing them of their ability to shapeshift.
Luna Lake, isolated in Washington State, started as a refugee camp for Sazi orphans. Now it's a small town and those refugees are young adults, chafing at the limits set by their still-fearful guardians.
There's reason to fear: Sazi children are being kidnapped. Claire, a red wolf shifter, is sent to investigate. Held prisoner by the Snakes during childhood, Claire is distrusted by those who call Luna Lake home.
Before the war, Alek was part of a wolf pack in Chicago. In Luna Lake he was adopted by a parliament of Owls, defying Sazi tradition. The kidnappings are a painful reminder that his little sister disappeared a decade ago.
When Claire and Alek meet, sparks fly—but the desperate race to find the missing children forces them to set aside their mutual attraction and focus on the future of their people.
Having not read the original series I was a little apprehensive jumping right into this new series. Turns out, I had nothing to worry about.
Ms. Clamp did an amazing job not only explaining past events but also exactly what the Sazi were. I never felt lost, confused, or wondering what was going on. Instead I was intrigued by the strangeness of the town, the events that took place, and the mystery behind it all. Drawn into the story after the first chapter, this story was one that was hard to put down simply because I had to know what in the world was going on.
Captivating every bit as it was unique, I truly had a great time reading this from the beginning to the very end.
Luna Lake was like no place I have ever been before, the residents even more so. Strange to the extreme but oh so interesting, this was a read unlike anything I have read in the genre, from the beast that lurked in the shadows to those that lurked in the very heart of the town itself, this was a fun and entertaining UF series.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*