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Mountain lion shifters have allied into ten groups called Dares which together form the Shadowcat Nation. A rocky alliance at best, its success is vital to their survival against other species of shifters who threaten their very existence.
‘Andromeda’s Fall’ is one of the very best shape shifter novels I have ever read. One of the strongest points is that Owens doesn’t waste a lot of time showing how the shifting happens or how shifters fit into the non-shifting population. The subject matter she concentrates on are the politics within a ‘Dare’, or family of cougar shifters, and between separate Dares, and also some of the differences between species. After all, in nature, cougars are solitary animals, and therefore it was hard for cougar shifters to adapt to living as a group, unlike wolves, who are used to their packs. Because shifters frequently hunt other species, solitary cougars wouldn’t survive very long. So there are now several different Dares, all part of the Shadowcat Nation.
Love and matrimony is different within a cougar Dare than among non-shifting humans, including the possibility of predestined mates which also forms a major plot point. Andromeda Reynolds is a strong member of the Carstairs Dare, so strong that the Alpha wants to force her to be his mate, because it would increase his power. Andromeda definitely doesn’t want that, so she decides to go to the Keller Dare and ask for asylum. She hopes she could mate with their Alpha, Jaxon Keller, to guarantee her safety. Instead, she is put under the watchful eye of A.J., one of the Alpha’s Protectors, to be tested and trained, and before she even gets to meet Jaxon Keller, Andromeda finds herself strongly attracted to A.J.
Things get even messier when Kyle Carstairs figures out where Andromeda has gone, so he organizes an attack to get her back. But there are secrets everywhere. A.J. has a big one. Certain of the Carstairs cougars have a few of their own. And Andromeda has some; she surprises everyone after the attack. The battle brings a lot of serious disputes, and some pretty spectacular action, into the story, along with a few other species of shifters. One of these shifters is Zac Montclair, a character I just love!
There is a lot of action in this book, involving many very well drawn characters and a lot of strong, beautiful romance, with the shape shifting details carefully blended in. I think this is the way a shape shifter story should be told, and I highly recommend ‘Andromeda’s Fall’ to anyone who likes paranormal romance. I’m looking forward to other books about the Shadowcat Nation.