Book Review: Forbidden (Luna Lake #1) by: Cathy Clamp

Publisher: Tor Books

Publication Date: August 11, 2015

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Synopsis: Ten years have passed since the war that destroyed the Sazi Council and inflicted a horrible "cure" on thousands of Sazi, robbing them of their ability to shapeshift.

Luna Lake, isolated in Washington State, started as a refugee camp for Sazi orphans. Now it's a small town and those refugees are young adults, chafing at the limits set by their still-fearful guardians. 

There's reason to fear: Sazi children are being kidnapped. Claire, a red wolf shifter, is sent to investigate. Held prisoner by the Snakes during childhood, Claire is distrusted by those who call Luna Lake home.

Before the war, Alek was part of a wolf pack in Chicago. In Luna Lake he was adopted by a parliament of Owls, defying Sazi tradition. The kidnappings are a painful reminder that his little sister disappeared a decade ago.

When Claire and Alek meet, sparks fly—but the desperate race to find the missing children forces them to set aside their mutual attraction and focus on the future of their people.

Review: FORBIDDEN is the first book I’ve read featuring the Sazi, who are shapeshifters. FORBIDDEN is set ten years after a ‘cure’ was disseminated during a war, crippling the Sazi and inhibiting their innate shifting abilities. A lot of Sazi have been relocated to reservations, some no better than internment camps. Claire has been sent by her Alphas to investigator Luna Lake, a refugee camp for Sazi orphans, where kids are disappearing and things aren’t quite as they seem. For a ‘continuation’ on the Sazi series, thankfully FORBIDDEN doesn’t leave new readers scratching their heads about what is going on. The characters are richly developed and the plot is well-executed. FORBIDDEN is an outstanding start to a new chapter in the Sazi universe.

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