Title: Feather and Scroll
Series: The Shifters: Book Eleven
Author: M.D. Grimm
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 154 Pages
Category: Paranormal, Mystery/Suspense
At a Glance: Well written and engaging, I could barely put the book down for the last two-thirds. All in all, a great read.
Reviewed By: Taz
Blurb: Agent Pan has spent most of his adult life protecting shape-shifters from the Knights—an organization bent on their annihilation—and keeping the secret war in the shadows where it belongs. But the Knights are growing bolder, and a new threat has resurfaced after being buried in the ocean for decades.
An ancient scroll, a key to a devastating weapon, is now in the hands of a recalcitrant Russian hawk shifter named Viktor. As a bird shifter, he knows his duty is to protect the scroll, but he wants nothing to do with the war. He leads a quiet life and wants to keep it that way. But when agents come knocking on his door, he finds it difficult to resist the charms of Agent Pan, especially since this isn’t their first meeting.
Two years earlier they spent a passionate weekend together, neither aware of the other’s true identity. Viktor never really got over Pan. Now with sexual tension at its peak, they must learn to trust each other and work as a team to protect not only their loved ones, but every shifter in the world.
Review: Feather and Scroll by M.D. Grimm is book eleven of the Shifter series. I hadn’t encountered this series before now, and I can say that you don’t need to have read the previous books to be able to enjoy this one. In Feather and Scroll we meet Viktor, a bird shifter, and Pan, an Agent sworn to protect all shifters. As legend has it, there are four scrolls, and, if used together, they unlock something that could be used to destroy all shifters. Bird shifters are the keepers of the scrolls.
In this installment, the main conflict is that a scroll has been found and the Knights want it. As a shifter, Viktor is sworn to protect it. Pan, as an Agent, feels it is his duty to take the scroll for the Agency to protect it. After all, it’s the Agency’s job to protect all shifters.
Amidst this conflict, the attraction between Viktor and Pan is developed. As a bird shifter, Viktor is cold, but once he finds his true mate, the bond is forever. Pan, as an Agent, is not allowed to form permanent ties. He’s married to the job, and any kind of distraction could prove deadly.
The beginning of the story was a bit slow since I didn’t know any of the history, but once the Knights came into the picture, the action ramped up and the central storyline took firm hold. For people who have read the previous books in the series, I’m sure the story picks up and flows perfectly from previous books. For me, the slower start was more than compensated for, and rather quickly. The action is fast-paced. Points of view are switched often so that we can follow multiple perspectives as the book unfolds. Well written and engaging, I could barely put the book down for the last two-thirds.
In terms of heat, the sex between the main protagonists were pretty steamy, but it was the emotional aspect of their feelings that had the real magnetic draw. Both men long for something more permanent in their lives, and neither believes he can have it. That inner battle of knowing what the heart wants but listening to what the head says plays out masterfully in this story.
All in all, a great read. I definitely plan on going back and reading the stories preceding this one.
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