Shepherd's Moon

Shepherd's Moon

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by Stacy Mantle

Fate hasn't exactly been kind to twenty-year-old Alexandra. Unless you count the fact that she can communicate with animals, the only piece of luck she's ever had was being rescued by a werewolf and landing in a forever home with an eccentric couple and their unusual pack of animals.

It's taken twelve years to earn the official title of Shepherd but she's now mostly

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Fate hasn't exactly been kind to twenty-year-old Alexandra. Unless you count the fact that she can communicate with animals, the only piece of luck she's ever had was being rescued by a werewolf and landing in a forever home with an eccentric couple and their unusual pack of animals.

It's taken twelve years to earn the official title of Shepherd but she's now mostly trained, fairly effective, and the first female in over two centuries to hold the position as protector of animals. All animals...

The Territorial Council isn't thrilled with her new title of Shepherd, but they don't have any more control over the appointment than they have over her. All they can really do is wait for her to screw something up - which Alex is determined not to do.

Everything changes when a chance encounter with a genetically modified Shifter leaves Alex shaken and initiates a quest to locate its maker. In a desperate bid to save her pack, Alex must infiltrate the Parallax Corporation - an international organization with their hands in everything from biomedical engineering to publishing. They have now expanded their efforts to include terrorism and are attempting to breed the perfect weapon.

Despite years of training and enough money from her live-in pack of misfits to finance a small country, Alex finds herself woefully unprepared to tackle the new threat. To make matters worse, Alex must work with a mysterious man who's been trying to kill her since the day they met. Together with her pack, Alex must learn how to stop the biological cloning and find those responsible for the plan before it really does become a global threat.

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Editorial Reviews

Author - James Rollins
"Stacy Mantle's 'Shepherd's Moon' is a rousing new addition to the fantasy field. Not only does the author speak with authority when it comes to the animals in her book (both natural and supernatural), but she has created a main character who is engaging and real, and who I can't wait to follow from here...especially after that ending!"
--James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of 'The Eye of God'
Amazon - Jennifer Allen
Shepherd's Moon moves the genre of urban fantasy forward with a strong female protagonist, a fast-moving plot, and a pack of dynamic characters you can't help but fall in love with! Personally, I can't wait for more. If you're looking for a book that's action-packed with rich, memorable characters, Shepherd's Moon is the one to read.
Amazon - Jaena Moynihan
Fast-paced and enthralling, this book sucked me in, chewed me up and spit me out of its world all too quickly. I was hooked from the beginning and more than pleased by the unexpected layers of myriad mythologies intricately woven together. I thought this book had a great plot and compelling character arcs and I just want more, more, more! This was a fantastic start to what I believe is the beginning of an incredibly satisfying series.
Amazon - James Monroe
I have never read a book in this genre, but found this book fascinating. It's very well written and provides excitement right from the beginning to the end. Following a young woman's experiences trying to coping with her special skills provides constant entertainment. The action sequences are very believable and do not resort to the usual sex, etc. to keep you interested. Just good old fashioned adventure with incredible characters. Great Reading! Can hardly wait to read the next book from this
Amazon - Tony Vernetti
Wow! Stacy Mantle! Wow!

This is not one of my favorite types of books because I find that most authors become overly gory or too centered on sex scenes which can become very old very quickly. Shepherd's Moon had me riveted from page one. With awesome characters, the perfect amount of action, and the perfect amount of relationship description, I absolutely loved the rhythmic flow of this book. If it weren't for everyday chores and a business to run, I would have read this book from cover

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Shepherd's Moon 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
SarahSmith More than 1 year ago
I received this as part of a Goodreads group Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Fanatics: Read to Review giveaway. Overall I ended up really enjoying this book although it was a bit inconsistent. Anyone who has read my reviews knows my main issue with new series' (a lot of set-up/background information makes for sometimes boring starts) so I'm just going to say despite this, by the end of the book I couldn't put it down! The concept of a were-whisperer was very original and refreshing. The characters were for the most part engaging (I did want to smack Billy around a bit with his mood swings), the plot was intriguing, the romantic aspect of the book was very subtle and also a bit refreshing, since a lot of the better book romances don't have anything 'happening' for at least a few books. I really hope that the author writes more books for this series since I can't wait to find out what's going to happen with Tristan and Alex (if they even pursue anything; which they should...hint, hint), and since there are many 'minor' characters that could potentially 'own' their own series.
Drabenold More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful new book! You can't help but want to be a part of Alex's pack! A great story combining the supernatural, family ,and responsibility all done with loyalty, gusto, love ,and a bit of snarky wit! For the animal lover (and animal) in you, open yourself up to Alex and her pack, you won't be disappointed!
Wolfgirl44 More than 1 year ago
Just finished this novel and I love, love, love it! The characters are amazing, the action was nonstop and the plot was fantastic. Can't wait for the next one in the series - hoping it's available soon! Animal lovers will especially love the many different species of Shifters, and Mantle (owner of PetsWeekly) knows her animals - all of the characters are authentic and likable. Read Shepherd's Moon - you won't be disappointed...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a real surprise! It definitely is not my normal type of reading material, but I was pleasantly surprised when I started reading. The character development was impressive and the story moved along at a brisk pace! The mystery started on the very first page and was constantly evolving throughout the book. I am often disappointed in a book's ending as they either leave you hanging with no answers, or they seem to invent a "happy ending." Sheperd's moon did neither, it left the reader with enough answers to be happy but also eagerly looking forward to the next book! A must read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The protagonist never does anything right and whines about absolutely everything. After reading the way she treated the old woman, I consigned this rubbush to the trash bin, where it belongs.
SMesmer More than 1 year ago
Shepherd’s Moon starts out with the bang of a starter’s pistol. “It was 5:48 on a Wednesday evening when Trey Haskins got his throat cut.” The premise – a tough twenties-something who can hear and influence animals, running a pack of law enforcers, spreads out through an intriguing mix of weres, vampires and even a hunky Nephilim, the product of an angel and a human. The sheer size and scope of the story is almost too big for one book and I got the strong impression that the author intends to make this the first in a long and satisfying series. The book can get bogged down into details because of this; in some places, the ride slows to a crawl. But the fight scenes are swift and the heat between Alexandra and the Nephilim Tristan is palpable. When there’s lots of action, the book moves forward on a delightful rollercoaster. Bonus points also need to be given for all the creatures described – from a were Jaguar rescued from Costa Rica to a chimera to that hunky Tristan. All in all a good read and satisfying entertainment.
RedheadedBookworm More than 1 year ago
I am not much of a shifter girl, vamps have always had my heart. But after reading this book, I just may have to rethink my choice! This book was a breath of fresh air. Mantle incorporates many different shifter species into this book. Not just your werewolves, but, coyotes, hawks, horses, even a house cat! And just for good measure, she throws in a vampire. Alex is a kick ass heroine and it has great secondary characters, and can I just say, I am totally crushing on Tristan. I loved everything about this book. Can't wait for the second installment!
Hazel_G More than 1 year ago
Shepherd's Moon is the first book in The Shepherd's series by Stacy Mantle. I read this book as a R2R. I liked this book. It was different and intrigued me. The spin on shifters was a refreshing change from the normal take in the UF genera. I loved all the preternatural species and the idea of Shepherds was a clever idea. The story was interesting and I really liked the cast of characters presented. Alex, the first female Shepherd in 200 years, was an excellent lead female and I really liked her devotion to her pack and her pack devotion to her. I also liked the struggle she had in dealing with her duties at her young age. It was written well and I could really feel for her. Her pack was a delight to read and I enjoyed each one in their different backgrounds and how they came to be part of the pack. The things I didn't like about this book were, the beginning was very slow. I realize a lot of story background needed to be covered but I had to force myself to keep reading up until about page 90 where things started to get exciting. After that, the story was fast paced and the fight sequences were expertly written. There were some severe editing errors but not to difficult to get through. Overall, I thought this was a good read. The ending left me wanting more and I think this is a great start to what could be a terrific series. I'll definitely keep my eyes open for book two.
Waiting_4_My_Vampire More than 1 year ago
Alexa, our MC, is what is referred to as a Shepherd in the Paranormal world. Orphaned as a young child and moved through the system, Alexa has got some bad ass in her. She has the ability to communicate and connect with shifters and is the head of her pack. She has only been in charge for a year, so she is still learning as she goes. Also she is a bit of an anomaly. Apparently, she is the only female Sheppard in the past two thousand years or so and the Council isn't fully convinced of her competance yet. It is her job, with the help of her pack, to track and capture any paranormal creatures about and either bring them into her pack of euthanize if there is no other option available. She is also working with the local police department's special assignment unit that deals in supernatural serial killers. She is called in on such a case where an apparent "newborn" is in a home with his wife and son. Hoping that she will be able to calm the situation and get the animal contained and away from the scene, away from the public eye, she goes in and cannot conncect with the newb. She is caught in the alley with the shifter and manages to bring him down. Several nights later she is once again called out on some pumas that she once again cannot read and or connect with. She gets her ass handed to her, but makes it out alive. She contacts The Council and requests help and information to figure out what is going on. I received this goodie from Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics, a group on goodreads, as a Read 2 Review. Stacy Mantle offered it to the group and I would like to thank her for the opportunity to read it. I think the story is well written and the characters were fully developed. They weren't perfect and are like real individuals. Each had their own flaws of personality which I like, as that makes it a little more "realistic" for me. The ending sets you up for a following book, which I cannot wait to get my grubby little paws on. If you like Were books with some suspense, then this is definitely something that needs to go on your TBR List, ASAP!
aprilnu2003 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Shepherd's Moon and would recommend this book to others. The author created an interesting world of Alex Wilde. Alex is an independent and tough female. She is the only female Shepherd, which makes her even more unique. A Shepherd is a person who protects shifters. Her special ability allows her to communicate with animals, including shifters. She is able to enter their minds, view their memories and give them to commands to follow. Alex and her pack work to locate supernatural beings who have broken the law or are a danger to others. They do their job secretly, without any public knowledge of their existence. The story really becomes interesting with the introduction of Tristan, who is a nephilim. Tristan involves Alex in an investigation into a corporation who is conducting genetic research on shifters. Shepherd's Moon received a 4 star review from me. The book started out a little slow for me. I really enjoyed the strong characters and the relationships between them. I found the concept of the Shepherd new and original. I look forward to reading the next book in this series! I'd like to thank Stacy Mantle for allowing me to review this book through the R2R on Paranormal Reads and Urban Fantasy Fanatics Group on Goodreads.
lprather66 More than 1 year ago
The author was able to create an interesting story line where Shepherds are people who communicate and protect shifters. Alex is still learning how to be a good Shepherd when she comes in contact with some genetically altered shifters that are killing humans. It is her job to find these altered shifters and the person who is creating them. This was a well developed story that has characters you can relate to. The characters have their flaws but are still likable. I really enjoyed this story and will be looking forward to the next installment in this series.
Magluvsya03 More than 1 year ago
Let me first say, as always, thank you to R2R and the author for allowing me to read a copy of this book for a review. I was kind of reluctant to pick up this book first when I read the little blurb, but I am so glad I did. First, Let me give you a little more description... Alex is a human, who has the power to read the minds of animals (it goes a little more than that, but let's not spoil things)... not just basic animals, but say shifters :) She is a Shepherd which is basically like a governing body over the paranormal world that the human world does NOT know about, and they intend to keep it that way. She also works in a special police department to help, as her powers come in quite handy. I was not expecting these things in this book. I don't know what I had in my mind, but it wasn't this. However, I really like this book. If you are in to the detective/cop/PI type book with supernatural and paranormal added to it, this is perfect for you. Alex is a stubborn, strong willed, little lady, but trust me she isn't weak. She has always had to prove herself, and then after some bad starts in life, she caught a break and enters her world she lives in now.... no, not parallel dimension or anything like that, I'm trying not to give away spoilers LOL Her "pack" has a really complicated, yet oddly working, situation. She will do anything to protect her pack, no matter what. And, let's say that mysterious man kinda drove me mad, made me giggle, and grew on me by the end of the book! I can't say too much else except that I really liked this book, and I don't want to give too much away, but there is a ton of great characters in here, and such a refreshing mysterious type plot, and it's got a feeling that the characters are believable, maybe because they each have strengths and weaknesses and flaws... :) 4 big PAWS from me!