Eleri Stone’s shifter tale is rich with details of the Amazon jungle and the rituals of the shifter tribe. However, Stone turns what could be a light paranormal into a much deeper story when Gabriel forces Iada to confront the old-fashioned beliefs that are tearing her people apart. This novella is a delightful way to spend an afternoon and will leave readers clamoring for more stores about the Yaguara tribe!

Iada is the champion fighter in her tribe of jaguar shapeshifters. After the death of the old king, all that stands between Iada and the throne is one last ritual fight. No one expects her challenger, the half-breed Gabriel, to beat Iada — or show her mercy in exchange for her becoming his queen. Gabriel hopes Iada can lend legitimacy to his reign and will aid him in fighting the tribe’s hatred of half-breeds. As a queen, Iada is torn between the old ways and what she is slowly seeing is the right thing to do. When her evil uncles challenge Gabriel’s rule and endangers her family, will Iada have the strength to do what is right? (Carina Press, Sept., dl. $3.99)  

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Reviewed by: 
Kate Girard