Moonshifted by Cassie Alexander (St Martins Press, Nov. 2012)-Moonshifted starts up pretty soon after Nightshifted leaves off, with Edie still recovering from a very nasty vampire attack. Her heart is still smarting after her lover, Ti, takes off to who knows where. So yeah, Edie’s not in a great place, but when she witnesses a hit and run right in front of her hospital, she has little time to think about herself when she’s trying to keep a man from bleeding out in the street. Soon, Edie finds out that the victim is the alpha of the local werewolf pack, and now the pack is in turmoil. If he doesn’t survive, all hell could break loose. Edie has also been asked to be Anna the vampire’s Ambassador of the Sun, which Anna insists is only a ceremonial role, and only for one night, but Edie is dubious. She can hardly say no, but it doesn’t mean she won’t dread it. Oh, did I mention Dren shows up claiming Edie owes him for the loss of his hand and takes to following her? It doesn’t stop there, guys. The hits just keep coming for Edie. Asher, shapeshifter and former lover, comes back into her life, there’s a hot werewolf that’s paying lots of attention to her, vampire and werewolf wars, then there’s the whole matter of Gideon, Anna’s protector, which is kind of a gross/awesome/wonderful highlight of the book. Trust me on this one. If I tell you (and I so want to tell you), it will ruin it, but you’ll love it. Oh, and she has to do Christmas with her family, including her addict brother. See? Told you Edie had a full plate!
I was delighted with Nightshifted but I was kind of blown away by Moonshifted. Cassie Alexander has brought the awesome with a layered narrative that positively crackles with tension. Edie is tough, but she doesn’t seem to know it, which is what I love about her, and I keep hoping she’ll find someone to make her happy, but hers is not an easy life, and she certainly doesn’t have an easy job. In short, her life is not all that conducive to romance, but like I said, I remain very hopeful. You’ll meet old favorites from Nightshifted and some new ones that are wonderful and you’ll be left with a pretty jaw-dropping ending. The author not only takes urban fantasy to new and exciting places, but she also adds in horror and even SF elements that make this series even more unique. My review of Shapeshifted is coming up soon, and if you’re like me, you’ll want to move right on to it after finishing Moonshifted. You won’t be disappointed. This is one of my favorite new UF series, and a standout in a somewhat saturated genre. Don’t miss this one!