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REVIEW: Skinshifter by Alycia ChristineSkinshifter by Alycia Christine
Series: Sylvan Cycle #1
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Purple Thorn Press on September 25th 2015
Pages: 1403
Format: eBook
Genres: Epic, Fantasy, Fiction
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four-half-stars

Skinshifters are a curse. The Asheken deadwalkers proved that fact when they used skinshifters to spy against the Sylvan races during the Second War of Ages. Now, after three centuries of peace, the deadwalkers have found a secret way back onto the Sylvan Continent and this time they seek not just to conquer their enemies, but to enslave them body and soul.
When the Feliconas Clan suffers the deadwalkers’ first raid, one werecat—a skinshifter who has concealed her abilities—survives the massacre. Even as Katja struggles with her grief and guilt over her murdered kin, she must unite with other Sylvan refugees to defeat the deadwalkers before they can butcher and defile the other races. But can this skinshifter trust her newfound allies or will their secrets prove even more treacherous than her own?

 

Skinshifter by Alycia Christine is probably one of the best traditional fiction books I’ve had the pleasure of reading.

The book revolves around Katja, a werecat Skinshifter and Lauraisha, the only daughter of a king. Both are trying to outrun their fate.  Both are running into something larger than themselves. And  even when it seems like they’re doomed to fail, they keep trying.  They keep pushing.

It’s an incredible, uplifting story.

Christine’s writing definitely has that Tolkien feel to it.  The good guys fighting against the greater evil that seems larger than life itself. The characters are so full of life. I think my favorite was Felan, a werewolf who starts traveling with Katja and Lauraisha during the early part of their quest. He’s strong, noble and tries to make peace with Katja (werewolves and werecats don’t historically get along).

I could go on and on about this book, but then I’d give away the plot and no one would read it then. And that’s just not okay! If you’re a fan of fantasy novels, then definitely give Skinshifter a read.

Obsessive Book Nerd Rating: Buy the ebook

About Alycia Christine

Alycia Christine grew up near the dusty cotton fields of Lubbock, Texas. She fell in love with fantasy and science fiction stories when her father first read Gordon R. Dickson’s THE DRAGON AND THE GEORGE and Robert A. Heinlein’s HAVE SPACESUIT—WILL TRAVEL to her at age ten. Her love-affair with fiction deepened when Alycia took a creative writing course while attending Texas A&M University. After that class, she was hooked as a writer for life. Her subsequent B.S. degree in agricultural journalism not only helped to hone Alycia’s skills with a pen, but also with a camera. Today she uses her skills as a photographer to capture the beauty of the world around her and add additional perspective to her fiction and nonfiction writing. Find her at AlyciaChristine.com.

four-half-stars