I finished reading Rachel Vincent’s new Shifter novel, Prey a couple of weeks ago and I’ve already posted my initial review. However, I think I ended the first sentence with SERIOUSLY?! Now that the book has been out for a week, I’m reposting the review, but with the spoiler stuff added at the end. So don’t go past the “also reviewed by” section if you don’t want to read it.
SOMETIMES PLAYING CAT AND MOUSE IS NO GAME…
Play? Right. My Pride is under fire from all sides, my father’s authority is in question, and my lover is in exile. Which means I haven’t laid eyes on Marc’s gorgeous face in months. And with a new mother and an I-know-everything teenager under my protection, I don’t exactly have time to fantasize about ever seeing him again.
Then our long-awaited reunion is ruined by a vicious ambush by strays. Now our group is under attack, Marc is missing, and I will need every bit of skill and smarts to keep my family from being torn apart. Forever.
I am having a few issues writing this review. There are so many things I want to talk about, but since Prey doesn’t come out for another week (although Amazon appears to be shipping), I really don’t want to spoil it for anyone. So expect a spoiler review after the first of July.
I have to say that I loved Prey. I also cried through the last third of it. Faythe is giving a lot of hurdles in this one or really two major ones that she has to come to terms with. Through both of them, she realizes something important and something tells me we’ll see it for sure when Shift comes out next year. I definitely saw how Faythe has grown and matured since Stray with what she does to deal with the problems she’s facing. We really don’t get to see much of Marc, but since he’s missing, that shouldn’t be surprising. Although, I do have to say that I am really intrigued by the new development in a certain character. Let’s just say that one of our werecats goes through a life altering event and what is going to come next should prove fascinated. Seriously. I can’t wait for that fight to start.
The story itself is kind of interesting. It brings a whole new life to the Pride mentality and the obvious division between the various Alphas. Lines are definitely drawn and power is being consolidated for what should be a really spectacular fight. Everything behind Marc’s situation is more convoluted than what it seems and it definitely shows what some will do to get what they want. A lot of Prey is setup for the events planned for Shift, but that’s not to say there isn’t any action. On the contrary, we get some spectacular action shots and a lot of them have Faythe in the middle of it.
Seriously, you won’t be bored with Prey and you’ll end up crying or raging right along with Faythe. Anyone reading this will want to have a box of tissues right next to them, especially if you’re a softie like I am, because I could have really used them. I really really liked Prey, but there is still so much I want to talk about that I’m going to end it here before I give away too much. Let’s just say, that if you’re a fan of this series, you cannot wait for the library. Head to the bookstore and get this on June 30th (or as soon as you can). I seriously started Prey this morning and haven’t been able to put it down, even knowing I have stuff to do this weekend.
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Has anyone else thought that the obvious answer to Marc’s banishment is marriage. I know it doesn’t seem to be that spoilerish, but I’m leaving the heavy spoiler for last. I mean, would the council still enforce his banishment if Faythe marries him? What would happen if she did? Would she be turned into a wildcat and have to live with him in the free territory or would he be welcome back into the Pride?
Also, why do I get the feeling that Faythe is going to assume the role of Alpha at the end of Shift? Hell, considering some of the dialog she was having in her head, I almost thought she was going to do that at the end of Prey. Although, after seeing what the current politically climate is, I am really hoping that she doesn’t get the position because her father is the next casualty. It just makes sense that she will, however, since the last book in the series is called Alpha.
Now for the really spoiler part – Are you kidding me?! Vincent actually kills off Ethan? Of all the werecats to kill off, why did it have to be Ethan? Okay, so maybe I can see how it triggers the reactions in Jace and bring about all that joyful new sexual tension that is going to take place between Faythe, Jace and Marc, but seriously, Ethan? Of all the werecats, he was the one I wanted to see in a novella. I wanted to see him get his HEA and the ending! OMG. That part I won’t spoil, but to add that on top of what happens to Ethan. C’mon! Talk about a new twist and I am really hoping the publisher pushed Shift to be released a lot sooner than next March. Am I the only one who was upset at this death?