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Prey (Shifters) by Rachel Vincent

Prey (Shifters) (edition 2010)

by Rachel Vincent

Series: Shifters (4)

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Title:Prey (Shifters)
Authors:Rachel Vincent
Info:Mira (2010), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Collections:Shifters, Your library
Tags:Paranormal romance, shifters

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So far, this is my favorite book of the series! 4.5 ( )
  Amanda105 | Sep 5, 2016 |
Faythe’s pride is being embroiled more and more into vicious werecat politics as her father’s rival will resort to any means to try and take control of the council. Up to and including dragging them into a war.

There’s something else going on with the Strays as well, not part of any Pride, they’re often ignored. But when Marc, Faythe’s love interest, goes missing she is torn between staying with the Pride and looking for Marc

The plot of this book slightly frustrates me. There are two interesting plot lines I’d really like to focus on – the political shenanigans of the werecat council as an alpha does his very best to overrule Greg and replace him as head of the council by any means necessary. The second is the plot line of Pride cats apparently doing odd things to Stray cats and tracking them. I have no idea why, given that any Stray can pretty much be murdered and no-one actually cares. Those are interesting plot lines

Instead we focus far more on Faythe trying to find Marc who has gone missing. I don’t care. I don’t like Marc. I’ve never liked Marc. I think Marc’s relationship with Faythe has just been so very terrible for so very long. If he dropped out of the series entirely I’d be much much happier. So a storyline all about finding him? Not really something I’m going to focus on.

I’m going to have to repeat a lot of what I said in the last book in this series. It’s not exactly bad or even problematic – if we ignore everything that has come before it.

I can almost feel the author desperately trying to rewrite those previous books. I’m almost certain that if there was a way to go back in time and change them the author would. We can see the narrative they want to tell:
Faythe lives in a misogynist society but is lucky to be born in the very progressive Pride who is trying to walk back a lot of the worst abuses of their society – both against women and against Strays. Greg, her father, understands the science and realities and has every faith in his daughter being a capable ruler and taking over after him. Faythe was very young in the first book, naïve, unaware of how good she had it and full of childish rebellion. But she learned from her mistakes and is continuing to grow and learn and mature (even if, even in the last book, Faythe proved herself to be completely incapable of controlling her tongue for five damn seconds). And now she has grown and is still frustrated but she and her dad are fighting the good fight. Not only are they fighting the good fight, but Faythe has learned and grown and is even a moderating influence on her father when he starts to make rash and emotional decisions

Yes, Faythe has grown enough that she is stepping up as leader and being responsible for her Pride and bravely standing up to her father. She’s also being a kind, wise and gentle guidance to Kaci, the werecat “Tabby” they’ve taken in as well as supporting Manx, the abused Tabby who is now on trial for the murders she committed while on the run and afraid.

Manx’s own story is a painful one with every part of what it means to face the judgement of these Pack Leaders and what they did to her. It’s actually really insightful in looking at what the implications of helplessness mean for a woman like Manx who has been abused on top of her now being so dependent on the patriarchal society of the werecats for her protection. Especially when we have the big bad of this book effectively trying to take over werecat society by controlling the rare females; the big bad is defined by making the decisions of the women for them

Honestly, it’s an amazing improvement over the previous books – here’s where the misogyny of the society is being actively challenged. Here is where we see a female protagonist actually stepping up and being capable, a moderately good leader (not an awesome one – her decisions are overly self-focused and not perfect – but they’re still more than reasonable) and actively challenging the problems of that society. The prejudice is called out and challenged

Yes, it’s pretty amazing to think these are the same books

Yet they are the same books so we have problems here. Faythe continually comparing her behaviour to Kaci’s and how she was such a foolish child is a terrible recap of the previous books. You can’t re-write the bullshit of the first books like this. Faythe was locked up, Faythe was kidnapped, Faythe was caged for not obeying. Faythe was groomed – by her own father – and all but forced into a relationship while being constantly guilted every step along the way. This happened, it was terrible, it was awful and it’s only made worse by pretending this was all just Faythe’s immature acting out. It’s terrible that we’re still treating Marc as her true love forever more without any acknowledgement of the problems from before – or even treating Faythe as the one at fault.

It doesn’t change the inherent problem of the world building. There’s no reason why the werecats would only produce a few female children. It makes no biological sense – in fact, with Faythe insisting that sisters are pretty much impossible, I can’t see why the werecats aren’t going extinct.

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  FangsfortheFantasy | Jul 27, 2016 |

“You think he left a big flashing arrow pointing to a filing cabinet labeled 'Evidence Here!'? He's a Stray, Ethan, not Wile E. Coyote!”

It's rated 4 stars, like the others in the series, but it's the best of the first four. Maybe I should be more careful with rating books in the future.

My other reviews show that I never liked Faythe much - she's abrasive, bitchy, vindictive, and kind of cocky, all turn offs. Here she tones it down some and I felt more heart than horror, which helped me read the plot through her point of view. I couldn't care much about the rekindling emphasis with Mark, but the main story is fascinating - they have to investigate why Mark has gone missing and who is doing a certain big-bad to strays in the area. Behind all that there's the convoluted politics her father and family keep fighting as they feel the power slipping through their paws.

There's an uber sad scene in this one which surprised me. I admit some tears leaked out as life did. Didn't see it coming and the character was one of the best the series offered. The writer also decides, during the fourth book, to introduce a potential love triangle, which is usually done earlier on in a series. I'm not in the mood for a love triangle but considering the circumstances it's kind of forgivable right now.

I couldn't imagine a shifter urban fantasy series that wasn't violent when violence is shown - the same can be said for this one. Vincent doesn't shy away from the carnage, well done action sequence fighting, and gory stuff when sadness splatters on page. There's not much tension but there's a sense of mystery and wondering what's going to pop up next. She's good at keeping the story going where you never know exactly where things will lead, throwing small plot wrenches into the story to keep it shaken up.

I'm glad I stuck with this series. It's not perfect, I'm not star-struck by the main player, and shifters are one of my lesser liked paranormal buddies - but this is worth a read for the political infighting, surprised story-lines, and emotional slaps in the head.

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  ErinPaperbackstash | Jun 14, 2016 |
Wow! Manx getting declawed. Marc getting beat up, Ethan being killed, Kitty having sex with Jace, deception by Dan. Action packed book. Cliffhanger too! When's the next one out? Not interested in the teen book teaser at the end. ( )
  pnwbookgirl | Feb 7, 2016 |
I really enjoy this series. So much conflict and drama. Faythe is a kick butt heroine!

Great story that really flowed nicely. ( )
  grapeapril75 | Oct 18, 2014 |
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Faythe Sanders, keskietelän lauman naaraskissa, oman isänsä ja alfansa mahdollinen seuraaja, elää elämänsä toistaiseksi piinaavinta aikaa.

Kaikki hyvä tuntuu olevan kyseenalaistettu: parisuhde, rauha, elämä. On vain kaappauksia, hyökkäyksiä, verta, sodanuhkaa ja musertavaa surua.

Faythe taistelee tiensä päivästä toiseen, kuin surumarssin mollista musertuneet nuotit, eivätkä yllätykset aina luo taukoa ainaiselle taistelulle. Lopuksi on vain yksi tunne – kostonhimo – joka pitää lauman koossa.
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"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."--p. [4] of cover.… (more)

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