Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
After seeing his family betrayed and executed during the French Revolutionary War, Marok De Clarency, an immortal, natural-born shifter makes his way to the New World. As he moves from place to place across the American wilderness, he finds not only the means to his revenge, but love. Even as the world progresses around him, he prefers the quite life away from cities and homesteads in remote areas.
He gives his heart again and again, each time hoping that this time, he's found his mate. A chance encounter in the woods leaves him wondering, has Fate at last led him to his eternal love?
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Publisher: Cool Dudes Publishing
Heat Level: 4
Romantic Content: 2
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: Ageless/Immortal
Word Count: 50000
Languages Available: English
As dawn broke, a dozen hawks flew toward Paris. One by one, they landed in an alley, shifted into rats and blended into the shadows. A sewer led into the prison, but before they got inside, the cart carrying the de Clarency family exited the building into the walled courtyard.
The gathered crowd cheered.
The rats watched as one by one, the family members were led to the guillotine.
Tears filled Marrok’s eyes as he watched the blade descend on the neck of his beautiful mother.
His father’s voice echoed in Marrok’s mind as the older man’s head was placed on the block.
“Marrok, I know you’re here. Get out of France. Go to my brother, Henri, in Boston, America.”
“Not until Dupré pays for what he’s done.”
“Be careful my son. Allez avec Dieu.”
Nicolette was the last to be executed. Dupré stood beside the guillotine and laughed as the blade descended on her graceful neck.READ MORE
As Dupré headed for the de Clarency estate in search of Marrok, one of the rats shifted into a raven and followed.
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Dupré and his men rode to the mansion.
Several roughly dressed women followed in the same cart used to transport the de Clarency’s to Paris.
Dupré issued orders as he dismounted. “Claude, there has to be a locked drawer or box here somewhere. I know the women had very expensive jewelry. It wouldn’t be lying around just anywhere.” Upstairs, he rummaged through the wardrobes and threw the expensive clothing to the women. “Here, these will bring a lot of money in the city.”
One of the women whined, “I want to keep them. They’ll fit me.”
“You can keep some of the poorer stuff. Sell the rest.”
Claude called from Marrok’s father’s study, “Here’s a locked box.”
Dupré went downstairs, shot the lock off the box and opened it. Inside were cases of expensive jewels and small stacks of money. He instructed the men to gather the expensive silver, china, linens and small furnishings and load them onto the cart. When the cart was full, he ordered them to burn the house.
* * *
Marrok, in the form of a small mouse, saw every move Dupré made. Even though his father and grandfather always stressed they were not to use their powers against humans, his need for revenge burned in his heart.COLLAPSE
Amber Flowers on Amazon.com wrote:
When a book keeps me up past my bedtime, I know it is good!
I hesitated to read this book. I have read all of the other books by this author and really enjoyed them. I hesitated because it seemed such a divergent path for her to suddenly write a sub-genre book with supernatural characters. I reminded myself about having read Ann Rice's vampire series and the Twilight series so decided to give it a try.
I read the first few pages on line. It didn't light up for me. I decided to download it anyway, out of loyalty to the author. I ran out of things to read. I told myself, "Well, you paid almost five dollars for it- why not read it?" So I read it and LOVED IT.
Apparantly, you can teach an old dog new tricks. Or an old shifter can entertain me. Perhaps I need to check out more authors in the sub-genre now that I am initiated.
You know those books that keep you up long past the point you should have been snoozing? Yeah, this was one of those for me.
I'll admit it. I'm a sucker for a happy ending; I'll spend an entire series rooting for one. Particularly when at least one of the parties hasn't had it so good to date. I'll also be the first to admit an immediate interest in just about anything magical, mystical, or paranormal – that being my primary reason for wanting to read this book in the first place.
Shifter Born definitely hit both of those points. Seeing the life and loves of an immortal being through several centuries was exceptionally intriguing. One of the things I appreciated the most was Marrok's occasional super-humanizing moments, despite being more advanced in age: the confusion over his Osage lover's name and his impatience with Tim resonated with me. I certainly prefer that sort of attitude to the "infinite patience and wisdom" model so often adopted with immortal beings.
That being said, I think the only downside to this book, in my opinion, is that it's relatively short. I could have easily enjoyed the story at twice the length, with the chance to be pulled deeper into the story.