Synopses & Reviews
National bestselling author Sharon Shinn presents a passionate, heart-wrenching story of secrets and the lengths to which well go to protect those we love...
For her entire life, Melanie Landon has hidden the fact that her half sister, Ann, is a shape-shifter, determined to protect her from a world that simply wouldnt understand. When a man shows up asking about Annwho has been missing for monthsMelanie fears the worst, and with good reason. Freelance writer Brody Westerbrook knows about the existence of shape-shifters and intends to include Ann in the book hes writing.
While Melanie is immediately drawn to the stranger, she knows better than to trust him, and she denies his claim. But when Ann finally reappears, looking thin and sick, Melanie realizes exposure is the least of their worries. Protecting her sister has always been an enormous part of Melanies life, but as Anns health rapidly deteriorates, Melanie must come to grips with the fact that saving her may mean letting go
"Loving a shape-shifter requires a life full of lies in this touching domestic fantasy by Shinn (Troubled Waters). Maria has known, and kept, her lover's secret since they were in college together. Dante is only human a few days a month, and he cannot control when he shifts or what he shifts into. Maria has lied about him to her family and friends for almost half of her life. But when Maria suspects that a shape-shifter is behind recent murders in local parks, she begins to fear that, whether or not Dante is innocent, their lives will irrevocably change. The tale of their relationship meanders like a stream, with strong characterizations and poetic prose polishing the story until it shines. Shinn's frequent comparisons of humans and animals are subtle, quietly building the question of whether the true monsters are those who change shape or humans with the capacity to hurt those they love. Agent: Ethan Ellenberg, the Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
“Shinn has written an enthralling mystery with compelling, gritty characters.” —Library Journal
“A lyrical love story.”—Night Owl Reviews
“The tale…meanders like a stream, with strong characterizations and poetic prose polishing the story until it shines.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A triumphant tale of love and loss…The everyday relationships—the love shared by siblings, friends, and romantic partners—shine with even more wonder than the magic…This series is not to be missed.”—Publishers Weekly
“An incredibly poignant and bittersweet story of love, loss, and family. As always, Shinns calm yet powerful voice tugs at readers heartstrings…Smoothly written and emotionally charged, this story takes us beyond the horror and carnage normally found in paranormal stories and instead focuses on the humanity of those who straddle the line between the human and immortal worlds—and those who love them.”—RT Book Reviews (4 ½ stars, top pick)
Praise for Sharon Shinn and the Shifting Circle novels:
“Shinn is a master.”—Mary Jo Putney
“A triumphant tale of love and loss…The everyday relationships—the love shared by siblings, friends, and romantic partners—shine with even more wonder than the magic.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“[Shinn] is one of the best fantasists.”—Alternative Worlds
“An enthralling mystery with compelling, gritty characters.”—Library Journal
“A lyrical love story.”—Night Owl Reviews
“An incredibly poignant and bittersweet story…As always, Shinns calm yet powerful voice tugs at readers heartstrings.”—RT Book Reviews (Top Pick)
“Excellently depicted, interesting, and complex…A fantastic tale.”—Fresh Fiction
For fifteen years Maria Devane has been desperately, passionately in love with Dante Romano. But despite loving him with all of her heart and soul, Maria knows that Dante can never give all of himself back-at least not all the time.
Every month, Dante shifts shape, becoming a wild animal. During those times, he wanders far and wide, leaving Maria alone. He can't choose when he shifts, the transition is often abrupt and, as he gets older, the time he spends in human form is gradually decreasing. But Maria, who loves him without hesitation, wouldn't trade their unusual relationship for anything.
Since the beginning, she has kept his secret, knowing that their love is worth the danger. But when a string of brutal attacks occur in local parks during the times when Dante is in animal form, Maria is forced to consider whether the lies she's been telling about her life have turned into lies she's telling herself...
ONE OF PUBLISHERS WEEKLY'S BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR
Master storyteller Sharon Shinn has thrilled readers with her national bestselling Twelve Houses series. Now experience her original new novel in which love and loyalty are tested at every turn....
For fifteen years, Maria Devane has been desperately, passionately in love with Dante Romano. But Maria knows that Dante can never give everything of himself backat least not all of the time. Every month, Dante shifts shape, becoming a wild animal. He cant choose when he shifts, the transition is often abrupt, and, as he gets older, the time he spends in human form is gradually decreasing.
Maria has kept his secret since the beginning, knowing that their love is worth the danger. But when a string of brutal attacks occurs in local parks while Dante is in animal form, Maria is forced to consider whether the lies shes been telling about her life have turned into lies shes telling herself...
In national bestselling author Sharon Shinns latest Shifting Circle novel, a woman must choose between hiding her natureand risking her heart...
For Karadel, being a shape-shifter has always been a reality she couldnt escape. Even though shes built a safe life as a rural veterinarian, with a close-knit network of shifter and human friends who would do anything for herand for each othershe cant help but wish for a chance at being normal.
When shes not dealing with her shifts or caring for her animal patients, she attempts to develop a drug that will help shifters control their changesa drug that might even allow them to remain human forever.
But her comfortable life is threatened by two events: She meets an ordinary man who touches her heart, and her best friend is forced to shift publicly with deadly consequences.
Now Karadel must decide whom to trust: her old friends or her new love.
About the Author
Sharon Shinn is a journalist who works for a trade magazine. Her first novel, The Shape-Changer’s Wife, was selected by Locus as Best First Fantasy Novel of 1995. She has won the William L. Crawford Award for Outstanding New Fantasy Writer, and was twice nominated for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. She has also received a RT Reviewers’ Choice Award and won the 2010 RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category. A graduate of Northwestern University, she has lived in the Midwest for most of her life.