Shifting Plains, book one
Paperback, 343 pages
Published November 3rd 2009 by Berkley Trade
Centuries before the time of the Sons of Destiny, a female shapeshifter became the leader of the people of the Shifting Plains...
Tava Ell Var never really knew her mother, but she did know her tragic fate at the hands of a band of cruel shapeshifters-a history set down by Tava's father as a warning about life on the Shifting Plains. But after her father is murdered, Tava encounters a Shifterai warband fighting to rid the Plains of the terrorizing bandits
Shifterai leader Kodan Sin Siin is sympathetic to Tava's suffering, but he's determined to bring the wary young woman to the Plains. Because he knows her secret: She, like he and his men, is a shapeshifter. Once she joins them, he knows that she will see for herself the true fate that awaits her on the Plains, and most of all, lose her fear of his people. And, in time, he knows she will find her place is in their fight-and by his side.
The cover of this book left me in a sense of bewilderment. What's with the female sex appeal? What kind of audience is she going for here?
Moving on... I can't help but to love the world of Jean Johnson. She's so descriptive with the ways of the people, the cultures and their surroundings, it's either real or it should be.
The story of Tava, a Shifterai, is based in the homeland of Amara (Trevan's bride from the book, The Cat). I loved Amara's world even then, as it was the only land with true rules for courtship and had the highest standards to judge their people. Perfect for it's own series.
JJ does a wonderful job with scenes of intimacy, but this one was a bit shocking... Not only do we get semi-scientific instructions on pleasuring oneself, phone sex without the phone, but also, what amounts to borderline bestiality.
All good though!
Me liked Kodan! Can't hate a man who uses books to court a woman.