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by Stacy Mantle

eBook Shepherd's Moon ePub
Author: Stacy Mantle
Language: English
ISBN: 1466471387
ISBN13: 978-1466471382
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 24, 2011)
Pages: 408
Category: Fantasy
Subcategory: Fantasy
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 798
Formats: lit mobi rtf lrf
ePub file: 1862 kb
Fb2 file: 1877 kb

It's taken twelve years to earn the official title of Shepherd but she's now mostly trained, fairly effective, and the first female in over two centuries to hold the position as protector of animals. 
As other reviewers have said, I enjoyed the characters and the plot, but I just kept thinking that I wish I'd read the first book before launching into this one. I think that the author missed out by not writing a complete first book that would have better set the plot for this one, which reads as a sequel.

There is definitely too much back story, and too much history jammed into the current tale leaving the reader constantly wondering about previous events, and why and how those events affect the current story.

I enjoyed the preternatural creatures and the intriguing story arcs in spite of the inconsistencies such as whether weres are made or born (both are mentioned)and Alex's current age. Alex is a strong character and comes across a more mature than her age (which is either 20 or 24 according to the book).

I think the author also could have developed some of the details further, such as how weres and shifters come to be, Alex's relationships with the others in her pack, and the love interests. There were also a number of grammar and punctuation errors that occurred too often to let you move through the story without pausing to figure out who was speaking. That said, I'm interested in reading more about Alex and her pack.
Shepherd's Moon (Shepherds Series)

A catchy reader's hook, and the protagonist's jocular but wry sense of humour make for an intriguing beginning. Alexandra is a kind of a misfit, with a longing she keeps repressed for a normal, routine (read simple, average, human) life. Instead, she is a Shepherd-one who tracks and rounds up, not natural wildlife, but preternatural creatures. Outsourcing for the police department's Special Assignments Unit frequently puts her on the lookout for and trail of what are called "PSKs," "Preternatural Serial Killers," who of course are much more effective at achieving high body counts in a shorter time than their human counterparts. It's dangerous work, but somebody needs to do it. Alexandra complicates matters by living with a pack of preternaturals-not really surprising, since her adoptive family included shifters and vamps...

There is good character evolution in this novel, as Alex grows out of her yearning for normalcy, learns to accept what and who she is and comes to terms with acceptance of her purpose in life. Additionally, author Stacy Mantle doesn't stop at just the usual run of paranormal encounters, but builds on intriguing layers of suspense, plotting, and wicked characters to place Alexandra right in the center of a web of corruption, which she must unravel, if she can. Even better, the ending is such that a sequel could fit in, yet the reader still feels that the important goals of this novel have been achieved; nothing is left untended.
I was hooked from the first page of this exciting and fast paced adventure into the world of "shifters". The author takes the reader along for the ride of their lives where danger and suprises are around every turn. "Shepherd's Moon" is like a sibling to the "Twilight" series, the smart, attractive and funny sibling that is. A "must read" for any fantasy reader from this exciting author.
Gripping, intense, a lead smart-alecky character you can't help but like...oh, and did I say there were weres and vamps and shifters and well, if you're a sci-fi fan, this book is for you. Snappy dialogue, twisty plot, and can't-wait-to-see-what-happens next readability will have you drooling for more. But don't start reading SHEPHERD MOON unless you have a bunch of you won't want to put it down.
Editing: 1 star
Plot: 3 stars

The lack of editing in this book drove me insane. Some mistakes had to do with randomly interchanged names (i.e. Alex suddenly became Sheena), while most of it had to do with punctuation. For example, this happened multiple times: "No," he said "in a tone that was meant to be obvious." UGH. On a positive note, these mistakes can be easily fixed.

As for the characters - I found most of them fairly likable. The protag of this book annoyed me for about 99% of the time. She's disorganized, stubborn, demanding, wanna-be know-it-all. She sucks at making plans (as pointed out in the book) and seems to constantly be putting her pack in danger. Alex pretty much lacks the ability to think ahead, OR look at her past actions and attempt to learn from her experiences. This is a huge pet peeve of mine, so I'm really not a big Alex fan.

As for the story - I found it very interesting. The betrayal was a nice twist right at the end. Things are a huge mystery and, like Alex, you're left wondering who's on which time (good vs. bad).

Definitely wouldn't read this again unless it got some major editing.
The protagonist in this series reminds me of Mercy in Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, Book 1); she's weak compared to the other supes out there, but she punches above her weight. The secondary charecters are also enjoyable. Unfortunately, the storyline reminded me more of Masques (Sianim): some things are stretched out so long as to be tedious, some things are rushed through too quickly, and some story threads just taper away with no resolution. For instance, someone is kidnapped in the middle of the book, but I was pretty hazy on who she was or her relationship to the rest of the charecters and, if she was saved or killed, I missed it. The author is also a bit too fond of telling, rather than showing. A very creditable showing for a first book, and I look forward to seeing what this author produces when she has a bit more seasoning under her belt and the means to procure a better editor.
I absolutely recommend this book to all readers. I loved each and every character masterfully created by the author. It was a true get away from reality read at a time when needed to get away. I was immersed from beginning to end. I am looking forward to seeing many more stories from Stacy Mantle.
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