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Broken Moon by Laken Cane
Narrator: Sierra Kline
Series: Kait Silver #1
Published by Tantor Audio on March 29, 2022
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 7 hours, 36 minutes
Amazon, Audible, Audiobook
I'm a wolf shifter... who can't shift.
Twelve years ago, I was hobbled by my alpha, cast out of my pack, and forced into an unfriendly world without any protection. But I’m not exactly helpless.
Despite being unable to shift, I have talents the others don't have. I can see the spirits of dead people, for one. And I have a knack for fighting rogue supernaturals.
My ex-alpha will never let me back in, but there's another alpha in the city. Something has been killing his wolves, and he wants me to destroy it before it takes another one. He'll triple my going rate--but that's not the thing that makes me agree to help him.
He says he can free my wolf.
It's not possible, but...
What if it is?
I'll help him, either way. Monster hunting is what I do, and if there's a monster killing wolves, I will stop it. Because those two warring alphas might believe the city is theirs, but this is my territory. The city embraced me when the packs wouldn't have me, and I will protect it--with or without my wolf.
Kaitlyn is a shifter who has never shifted. She was basically chained to her human form by her former alpha and has grown up with a wolf inside her that had never been let out. In Broken Moon, the first book of the Kait Silver series, Kait works as an investigator of sorts, sometimes for the paranormal community, the police or just your everyday people who have a haunting. She is good at her job and built a life she can live with, but when the new Alpha of a different pack lets her know he can release her wolf if she helps him, it is an offer too good to pass up.
Jared is the son of the alpha that didn’t take Kait or her mom in when they were cast out of their own pack. He needs help finding a creature killing off his pack members and Kait is his best bet. But there is also something about her when they met that told him he could bring her wolf back out and he is willing to do that and let her and her mother into his pack if she can help him. There are hinted at other reasons too as to why he can help her wolf but we will come back to that in other books probably.
Just to make things extra fun there is a demon running around looking to harm or influence Kait since she killed off his corporeal form and took his knife. And Kait has just made a new friend in Lucy, a psychic who is also a baker and her brand new roommate/sidekick. Nice to have an early warning system living in your apartment.
Broken Moon has some very interesting premises for a not really new genre, I mean shifter stories are not new and seem to be everywhere. Overall, I enjoyed the read as Kait is likeable and I wanted her to get her wolf back and save people. I also am a fan of ‘mate’ stories so the hinted at mate status of Kait for Jared is a big draw. There are a few first book issues here with scene transitions could have been a little bit better but overall I enjoyed the story and the potential I saw for the series. This one of those series I will continue to see if the next few books increase my interest in the series.
Sierra Kline is an accomplished narrator with over 800 titles under her belt. Amazingly I think this is the first time I’ve listened to a book narrated by her. She puts forth a solid performance and I really enjoyed her vocal performance. She had a clear voice for all the characters and did well with the material. I was able to listen to Broken Moon at my usual 1.5x speed.
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Shifter novels are everywhere, but they’re also a lot of fun. I like the premise in this one of her being a shifter who is not able to shift. 🙂
That is kinda what drew me in to wanting to read the story. I different take on a similar premise is sometimes a fun change and worth reading.
I enjoy shifter novels and I like the fact that Kaitlyn has never shifted. I don’t think that I have listened to Sierra Kline before either.
I couldn’t believe I hadn’t listened to her before if she had 800 books under her belt. Most looked to be the romance/UF/PRN arena too.
A shifter who cannot shift sure is a good premise. Nice review, Robin.
Totally cool idea. I also like the semi psychic roomie too.
I’m kind of burnt out on shifter books lately, BUT I can see how this one is unique! Might be interested if some of those first book issues resolve in future books! Great review.