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Posted May 21, 2013
Posted February 14, 2013
Call Of The Raven is the first book in the Union Series by Shawn Reilly. This is a story of a secret society of Ani-shifts (shape shifters), known as The Union, led by Keepers, who are born as wolves. Asher Lake is thrown into the role of Keeper and protector of the protégé heirs at a young age due to the death of Grant, the previous Keeper. Throughout history ravens had been considered a bad omen. There is a curse that affects all the Keepers...the Call Of The Raven. Dying young is their destiny.Asher has a plan to guard himself against the ravens call. He vows to never be happy, never to love or fall in love.Asher chooses to live in isolation at a private estate concealed by woods. He neglects his duties as Keeper and his people and protégés for ten years. There are impending threats of an uprising and Asher learns the only way to break the Raven's curse for future Keepers is to accept his fate.When he encounters Elle Ison, the woman of his dreams, he faces his biggest challenge, to never fall in love. Elle is in an abusive relationship. She works at a library where she reads to a group of children. She saves Mary, a dirty little girl from her reading group one day from being abducted.That evening, after another beating from her abusive boyfriend Julio, Elle finds Mary standing in her apartment. Mary is in danger by intruders that have set fire to her apartment. Mary's mother Mea, is an alcoholic and has been gone for some time. She cannot get over the unexplained disappearance of Mary's father, Grant, the love of her life, so she drinks.Mary runs to Elle for protection, they flee and run into the Lakes. They take Elle and Mary in and protect them. The Lakes are a band of animal shifters. Kennedy, the spoiled tiger...Nixon, a handsome young falcon, who suffered from an abusive father...and the brothers, handsome and strong, Ari the Labrador, guardian to his brother Asher, Keeper of the Union, the grey wolf, brave, confused and unwilling to love...until they met Elle. Grant, the previous Keeper, comes from beyond as the grey wolf and gives Asher the strength to learn to love as they begin the fight of their life to save future leaders and the Union.
I loved this book!! It's hard to believe that this is a debut novel. It is so well written. Shawn does an amazing job of keeping the reader involved with all the characters and the storyline never gets dull. I can't wait till book two comes out in April.
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Posted May 2, 2013
This first book of the Union Series was a very pleasant surprise to me because this is not a genre I usually read, but I cannot wait for Volume Two. I enjoyed the way Ms. Reilly writes and I am impressed this is her debut novel. Bravo Shawn!
Elle Ison is a (rather pathetic) lost soul. Brought up by her Grandmother, she never learned her self worth. She became entwined in an abusive, co-dependent relationship, she needed a home and security and he needed a maid and punching bag. That all changed the day she saved a dirty little girl, named Mary, from a man trying to abduct her after Elle's group reading to children at the central library in a southern Indiana community.
That evening, after an especially brutal beating because she bought a newly relaeased book about ani-shifts, she finds the dirty girl standing in her apartment. The beatings become increasingly severe so she decides to leave. Mary is, once again, in danger by intruders that set fire to her apartment. Her mother has been gone for some time. She cannot get over the unexplained disappearance of Mary's father, Grant, the love of her life, so she drinks.
Mary runs to Elle for protection and they begin a journey of discovery as they come under the protection of a band of animal shifters, the Lake's. They are the spoiled tiger, Kennedy...the handsome young falcon, Nixon, brought to the estate from a horrific abusive father...and the brothers, handsome and strong, Ari the Labrador dog and guardian to his brother Asher, leader of the Union, the grey wolf, brave, confused and unable to love...until they met Elle. Their mentor, Grant, comes from beyond as the grey wolf gives Asher the strength to learn to love as they begin the fight of their life to save future leaders and the Union.