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Series: Shifter Origins #1
Title: The Hunt by Harper A Brooks
Author: Harper A Brooks
Publisher: Entangled Otherworld, Entangled Publishing
Published: October 24th, 2016
This is the first novel in a new shifter paranormal series based in the Sajra, a great city, and the nearby Bilha Forest. It is in this city that the shifters live – there are lions, tigers, lepards, cheetahs . . . and the last of them all, the panthers. The prologue tells of their origins. Initially the majestic, wise and kind lions had ruled the city but they died out almost fifty years ago and the tigers took over. The rei and regis acted as king and queen but they were selfish and ensured the panthers were treated as the lowest citizens, making life difficult for them.
When the rei is publicly assassinated, his son, Prince Kael assumes a panther woman is responsible, captures and imprisons her but is shocked by her protestations of innocence – and even more amazed that he believes her. Not only that, but she becomes the one he thinks about when considering the ceremonial Hunt in which mates run together. This is against all the current rules, but love sometimes will find a way to ensure rules may be broken and life become better for all. It is a story with well crafted characters who develop and grow through the story. Prince Kael learns that all he’s been brought up to believe isn’t necessarily true and has some difficult decisions to make about his future. Dare he overturn current tradition and belief by taking one of the lowly panthers to be his mate? Will his love help overturn decades of prejudice? Even if he asks, will Cara agree? She is used to putting her sister and gran first, will she put love above all else? With a poisoning assassin on the loose, can they survive long enough to actually have a chance to make such decisions? With treason, trouble, rebellion and romance this is an engaging read and a brilliant start to a new series, a real page turner – I thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait to read more by this author and in this series in future!
I was gifted an ARC of this novel via NetGalley. This is my honest opinion.
Prince Kael has just lost his father to an assassin, and he’s the next target. A murderer is on the loose, the kingdom is in disarray, and Kael is determined to make the person responsible for killing his father pay. But falling for the beautiful Cara, panther-shifter assassin and main suspect his father’s murder, wasn’t part of the plan. He’s not at all sure she did it, and he finds himself going against everything he’s ever known just to claim her.
The ceremonial Hunt is approaching, and mates must be chosen to run together. The hatred between the tiger and panther species is all they know. If Kael and Cara follow their hearts, it could mean treason and death.
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