Shifts happen. Hearts change. Africa awaits.
Life as a slave in the fight pits of Kenya is vicious and brutally short, and no one knows this better than lion shifter Lazarus Kiprop. As a prized champion, he lives with blood on his hands and guilt in his heart. He's survived longer than most, at a cost. With no end in sight, Lazarus has given up on ever seeing another sunrise. The last thing he needs is a vampire youngling taunting him with impossible promises of freedom.
A newly made vampire, Willow has gaping holes in her memory and a burning desire for revenge. With less than a week before her new master arrives to claim her, she’s determined to find a way out of captivity. And if the leather-clad guy in the cell next door doesn’t believe it’s possible? That’s too bad, because she’s going, with or without him. But while Willow may be able to escape her cage, will she be able to escape her heart?
“A Lion’s Cage” is the prequel to “The Lion Shifters” series.
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About the Author
Ella Wilde was born and raised in Kenya. Living up to her name, she decided an office job wasn’t her cup of tea. When she’s not rescuing orphaned elephants or conducting a lion census, she writes about people who walk the thin line between the human world and the supernatural. Visit her world at ParanormalAfrica.com/ and get exclusive gifts and top secret info.
Vered Ehsani lives in Kenya with her family and various other animals. Visit Vered and her world of African paranormal thrillers at http://veredehsani.co.za and get 3 free books.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A gritty, exciting, and sweet start to a new series! It took me a little while to get immersed in this novella, but I am very happy that I read it. It got more and more tense and exciting as it went along. I would call it PG-13 because there is some violence (not too descriptive) but no sexual content or cussing. Although the main characters are about 20 and 30 years old, respectively, I think that teens would still like them a lot. For genre, I would call this a sweet paranormal romance with a bunch of action-adventure. It doesn’t really matter, but it is an interracial romance, FYI. The novella is set in an alternate version of modern Kenya where paranormal people/creatures are real but most humans are unaware of their existence. The author said that the gladiator slave aspect was inspired by the real-life human trafficking that happens all over the world. The primary male character is Lazarus, a 30-year-old lion shifter who has been enslaved for over a decade and forced to fight to the death. I liked him immediately. He is attractive and interesting, though understandably pessimistic about his life. I had a more difficult time liking the spunky, independent heroine Willow. She is a talkative young Canadian woman who was recently turned into a vampire against her will, and she can’t remember who did it to her. She wakes up enslaved in a cage across from Lazarus. Most of the book is told from Willow’s first person past perspective, but Lazarus has a few third person past perspective chapters. I warmed up to Willow when I could tell that she was a woman of action and intelligence, not someone who is just talk. It feels like a first book of a series. I wish that I could have gotten more immersed in it from the beginning, so I gave it 4 stars, not 5. The last part of the novella was great, so I am really looking forward to the rest of the series. I love the sensory language that helped me envision the gritty conditions that Willow and Lazarus endured. I could smell the dust in the air and see the vibrant red of Willow's hair in my mind's eye. I recommend this to everyone who loves paranormal romance or YA action/adventure.
A Wonderful start to a new series! I rarely read books of this genre, but since I am a die-hard Vered Ehsani fan, I had to give her inaugural Lion Shifters story a try. I knew I would enjoy it, and I truly did! It grabbed me from the very first lines. Now as Ella Wilde, this author once again writes with heart, humor, gravitas, and such realness - despite the fantasy storyline. I'm in love with these characters; their settings, their situations, their relationships - and I look forward to more in this exciting new series. Highly recommended!