Kara MacAllister thinks she's just an average, small-town preschool teacher until the night a mysterious stranger shows up at her door claiming that she's not only immortal, but the chosen one of a band of powerful shape-shifting males. Lyon steals her away from everything she knows and thrusts her into a world beyond her comprehension, a world filled with magic, nightmares, and perilous danger where Kara discovers an inner strength she never knew she possessed, and a passion in the arms of Lyon beyond anything she ever imagined.
As he works with Kara, preparing her to become the source of power for the Feral Warriors, Lyon is swept away by her vulnerable beauty and tempted beyond all reason by a desire he can't deny. But when Lyon realizes his band of warriors has been infiltrated by an ancient evil, he begins to question whether Kara is quite as innocent as she seems. And he begins to wonder if the woman who's stolen his heart is destined to be his salvation...or his doom.
©2009 Pamela Poulsen (P)2014 Tantor
"A powerfully unique novel with suspense and intrigue to keep you eagerly turning the steamy pages." (Fresh Fiction)
A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… The man who never reads lives only one. ~George R.R. Martin
Would love to see more of these Feral Warriors in Audible—this book is a start of a series of an elite band of immortals who can change shape at will. Sworn to rid the world of evil, consumed by sorcery and seduction, their wild natures are primed for release.
Rob Shapiro did an outstanding job on narrating this book.
Hot, fun, and very enjoyable!
First, let me say that I love, love, love the narrator of this story. Rob Shapiro has one of the sexiest voices I've heard (and I've heard a lot). I had absolutely no problem with him using his normal voice to portray Cara (the lead female in this story). Now that I got that out of the way, I have to admit when the story first started I wasn't that impressed. I say that because after listening to so many paranormal books, I have grown accustomed to more and sometimes lengthy description of the "back story" behind the other beings that are portrayed in the story. This book dove head first into Lyon's search and discovery of their "Radiant One", and the "back story" was woven into the quick and rapid pace of the dialogue between Cara, Lyon and Hawk. However, as the story unfolded and the characters identified (Ty, Viper, Jag, Hawk, Pink, etc) for some reason I found the characters endearing themselves to me in some odd way. I kind of figured out who the nemesis was about half way through the story, but that is often not too difficult in most stories. I won't tell you much about the story because I really don't want to ruin it for you. I will say that at the end I decided that I MUST continue with the series to find out what happens to Viper and Ty's other half...and to see the other ferals discover their own true mates. Yes, there are some sizzling sex scenes in this book that I thoroughly enjoyed, yet I didn't find them pornographic as much as sensual and erotic. Of course, with Rob Shapiro reading the scenes he made them that much more enjoyable. I hope you enjoy this book/series as much as I plan on doing so...
Say something about yourself!
So I looked through the reviews before I bought this book and I am always intrigued when there are rave reviews and scathing reviews, but I get it now. This book had a great world, and great story line, I give it 5 stars plus! There is only one woman in the world who can bring balance and peace to the Feral Warriors, men who can change to animals at will to protect the world against evil creatures bent on devouring those in their path. This one woman is called the Radiant, because she can pull forth the power from mother earth that gives these Feral warriors the ability to shift and the ability to stay sane, without the Radiant they become unbalanced and eventually die.
We open up our story with the leading lady/Radiant tending to her dying mother and Lion has been sent to find her and bring her back to Feral House to balance his people. She woke up with a mark on her shortly after Christmas but has been raised as human and had no idea what it meant...that it meant her human life was shortly going to be over. Needless to say she is a bit taken aback that she is supposed to be whisked away to another place away from everything she has ever known, and he doesn't understand why she wasn't raised with her people, and how to explain to her everything she is and everything she means to his, to their, people.
Interesting story right? Welllllllll it got a bit hokey. If you go into this knowing that it's going to get hokey you can be prepared that it's not a literary classic and shouldn't be treated as such. 95% of the story was hot, and heavy, and yummy yummy yummy! The last 5% I just stared at my phone and said "WTF"? It's like it jumped writers during the last 5% of the book and this writer is into the off the wall HUH? moments.
I'd still read book 2 if it were on sale, and maybe even if it weren't. It was a decent book with well developed characters, a great world and premise, and hot scenes...but it's not a contemporary literary classic....when you hear the word "clone" you will understand what I mean!
Overall I liked the narrator, and I liked the writing, so I give it a thumbs up, just be prepared for the preposterous moments, it IS fiction after all!
I love shifter books and the stories. This series is very good and the history behind all the shifters are interesting. I love romance and the sex usually doesn't bother me, but by the 5th book in the series my only issue with these books are that as the series progresses there is more and more sex is in the stories then the actual story itself. I'm afraid of what book 6 is going to be like. So far sex is what keeps them alive, the only thing they can so without sex is breath. I feel the next book they won't even be able to breath without having sex. This is the first time I read any of Pamela Palmer books. I enjoyed them, but please add more content to the story and then you if have that much sex in the book it might at least be 50/50.
As for Rob Shapiro, I have enjoyed his voice, its perfect for the shifters, however when he speaks as a women, he lowers his voice so low that I had to keep rewinding or raise the volume when the females were talking. The Director should have picked up that issue and corrected it. But Rob's voice is awesome.
Worth a credit? Yes... Enjoy
Haven't read the book but if the book is like the audio. Wow
Carolyn and her lover.Why because there love scenes was so wonderful exciting and romancing. Brought me to my knees what can I say.
The way that Mr. Shapiro read this book. It was so so exciting.Could not stop listening to him.
Is exactly what I did.
Miss Palmer. You a superb Writer. Keep it coming and I'll keep buying.
I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)
Got me interested in a new series!
These feral warriors are hotty...hot...accept for Viper...well he is just creepy!
Kara is raised human, but she isn't she is the source of power for the feral warriors...the protectors of all mankind. There are villains and angsty romance...but most of all there is action! I loved it.. Great start... I am looking forward to book 2!
Nice Narration... Loved the shift in voices... and loved Lyon's voice!
Nice credit or sale.!
I will read the next in the series although that maybe the last only because the reviews sound like she gets better. The author leaves gaps in the characters and story.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
A very sexy shape shifter book, which is one of my favorite kind. There was some intense moments that almost had me feeling uncomfortable, yet were still sexy. I mostly liked the characters, I wish that Kara had spoken up more when things were happening to her instead of running away. They kept blaming her for that too, especially when they explained what they wanted from her. They didn't tell her why she was so important to the world. So like her I would have been looking out for number one in that situation. In the end she does become the hero/radiant that she was destined to be. I do wish that the book had explained why Kara was raised with humans. I look forward to reading the other shifter's books, they are a big bunch of hunky violent shifters that have had the short end of the stick and all need a chance at love. I will be continuing on with the next book of this series. If you like this series I recommend reading Laurann Dohnar New Species series. Narrator had a very sexy voice, in fact I looked to see what else he reads that I might like.
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