Shift (The Protector Book 2)

Shift (The Protector Book 2)

by M.R. Merrick

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Devastated by a terrible loss, Chase is trying to balance the life he’s been left with, a family he’s still getting to know, and power he never thought he’d have. He doesn’t understand why the Goddess has named him the Protector and granted him two gifts: the Mark, a tattoo that now covers his back, and the ring. But between getting interrogated by the Circle and psychic attacks from Riley, the Mark is the least of his concern. There’s a demon inside Rayna that’s fighting to be released, and it’s not her inner witch. It’s something else–a monster threatening to tear her apart.

As Chase struggles to control his magic, his enemies are closing in. Everyone has staked a claim on his ring, and destroying it may be his only chance to stop Riley. But Chase must decide if stopping him is worth risking the lives of everyone he cares about, or if protecting the ring will be enough to save his world.

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BN ID: 2940045047616
Publisher: M.R. Merrick
Publication date: 10/27/2012
Series: Protector , #2
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

M.R. Merrick is a Canadian writer and author of The Protector Series, a Young Adult mash-up between Urban and Epic Fantasy. Having never traveled, he adventures to far off lands through his imagination and in between cups of coffee. As a music lover and proud breakfast enthusiast, he’s usually found at the computer between a pair of headphones and in front of a large bowl of cereal.

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Shift 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a horrible creature Chase is! He's an out of control psycho who claims to protect people bu is really just a bully, who feels he has the right to complete transparency from others but is not at all requured to return the favor. He feels perfectly entitled to destroy the home of someone who has been nothing but kind to him, in another ridiculous fit of temper. He's really good at hurting his friends, but completely inept when battling enemies. And yet he feels completely entitled to make decisiions for others. HE got his mother killed through HIS stupid arrogance,, he burns Marcus' apartment down blaming him instead of his own sorry self. The kid never learns anything either. You talk of the characters growing? Nonsense. The first book was all brats throwing temper tantrums, and this book is exactly the same. What is wrong with you people who praise the writing in this book? The main characters are just Punk Gary Stus and Mary Sues, and this guy doesn't know the difference between "phased" and "fazed,"or even that "alright" is not an actual word. He has no understanding or comprehension of adult characters; never in any world would Marcus have allowed Chase to run amok like he does. It's also amazingly convenient that some lame plot device in both books conveniently removes all the grown-ups from the scene so the kids can make some astonishingly idiotic decisions unsupervised. Never happen, uh uh. The fight scenes are simply ridiculous and unbrlievable. I know this is supposed to be written by an adult male, but it reads like adolescent fan fiction. Of course it's self- published. Naturally.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Y311er More than 1 year ago
Where do I being with this book? First let me mention the cover. I absolutely love M.R. Merrick's covers. And this one is no different! The lone doorway with earth's forest on one side, (with a panther amongst the trees) and a watery forest on the other, beckons you through fire to the desolate land with dark skies and funnels of air barring down. The cover teases you with the story that rages inside! Now to say that this story was a whirlwind adventure would be the understatement of the year! Once this story has you in its clutches it never lets you go.  Everything has changed for Chase since his 15th birthday when he was denied the power he thought he would have and exiled from the world he had always known. Hunted for years as a trophy for the underworld, Chase found friends in unlikely places and he swore to protect the innocent. Now he has power that even he doesn't know he has and struggles to control the elements raging inside him. While fighting with the loss of the only family member he had left. Blaming himself and others (won't say who, you will have to read to find out), his emotions grow out of control along with his elements. You can't help but feel for him as trials are thrown at him faster than he can blink and you wonder how is he still standing?  But he isn't the only thing that is out of control. Rayna the hunter/witch/ ? has to deal with the part of her that she would rather just bury. Willy too goes through a tremendous amount of growth quickly becoming one of my favorite characters.  From the character development, the action, and the new characters this world that M.R. Merrick has created has quickly won my heart and imagination!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bonnie_W More than 1 year ago
<i>The Protectors Series</i> really begins to come alive through its sophomore title, SHIFT, as M.R. Merrick's world opens up in new, innovative ways.  One of my favorite things to read about is mythology, and Merrick has created his own universe, full of relationships between gods and goddesses, their histories, and the way they can impact the future of all humans.  War is upon our characters, and they learn about the mythological roots tying everything together just as we do.  SHIFT also digs deeper into the elemental magic possessed by the hunters and focuses on paranormal aspects such as the ways of Shifters, whose part is larger than initially hinted at in the series. Chase and Rayna learn so much about themselves and their abilities in SHIFT.  If they can't learn to control their abilities and powers, it can kill them.  The first chunk of the book revolves around Rayna and her life-or-death battle to shift.  Her trials are bloody and brutal; you can feel the pain that comes from having such &quot;gifts.&quot;  Chase, meanwhile, is learning all he can about his destiny and the ring in his possession, as well as learning to harness and control more elemental magic than he knows what to do with.  What makes him powerful can also kill him.  If Chase and Rayna can't regain control of their own bodies, the future is forfeit to Ithreal, a sealed god Chase's power-hungry father, Riley,  is attempting to unleash. SHIFT has so many more nuanced layers compared to the first book, and delves even further into elements that create new worlds for readers.  There's more fantasy, more adventure, more fantastic beasts and worlds, just...more.  While the description can, at times, be too bloody and violent (at least for me, but I'm squeamish), it also helps when building worlds unlike anything else we've ever seen and introducing us to new things.  No segments are unwarranted, despite all the directions the book pulls readers in, for each will play an important part in the looming battle.  In SHIFT, I loved seeing Chase and Rayna come into themselves.  They're both such strong characters despite their insecurities, with hearts of gold.  They've opened themselves up to so many new possibilities and are truly adamant about saving the world to the point where they'll pair with former enemies against a common one bent on destruction.
TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
You know what I need from the first book? More Rayna. You know what I got in the second book? More Rayna. I couldn't have been happier. I really felt that in Shift we got to know the cast much better. And dare I say even a KISS between Chase and Rayna! Shift gave me an action packed fantasy that left me eager to see what will happen in the next installment to this fascinating series! I would definitely recommend this series to YA Urban Fantasy readers. 
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
Shift picks up where Exiled leaves off.  Chase, who has found out he is &quot;The Protector,&quot; now has the tattoo to prove it, and a ring that everyone is more than willing to kill to get their hands on.  He finds his powers increasing, and new ones appearing, and is still trying to learn how to get his magic under control.  Chase is worried about Rayna, as the demon in her tries to rip her apart.  He's dealing with a devastating loss, and can't bear to lose anyone else that he has come to care about.  Riley's power is getting stronger and Chase finds not only himself, but also his friends in battles of epic proportion that test his resolve to the very core of his being.  Chase must decide if protecting the ring and stopping Riley's evil plan is worth the lives of his friends.  M. R. Merrick delivers another amazing read in Shift, the second book in The Protector Series.  We get to see the same characters we met in Exiled, and are also introduced to some new ones in Shift, and yes, Vincent is still around, and is still........Vincent.  I liked seeing the direction Rayna and Chase's relationship took in Shift, and Rayna shows her claws a little, pun intended, when it comes to her feelings for Chase.  They fight even more epic and life-threatening battles, many of which occur in the underworld, encountering all kinds of creatures, as they try to stop Riley.  Chase also makes some really good friends.  Merrick takes the fantasy in Shift to an even higher level and gives the reader a roller coaster ride that is intense, thrilling, action-packed, and adrenaline filled.  Shift is an outstanding sequel in this amazing series, which is one that you won't want to miss.   
twimom101 More than 1 year ago
Just weeks after losing his mother at the hands of his father, Chase must figure out how to stop him and his plans to summon the demon god, Ithereal. Thankfully he has the help of his new family, because the Elders will not budge on helping. The Circle wants to do things their way&hellip;and they want the ring the Goddess gave him too. They are determined they will get that ring&hellip;no matter who has to suffer. But they are not the only ones after the ring&hellip;Riley (Chase&rsquo;s father) also wants it. Headstrong on not turning the ring over at first&hellip;Chase soon starts wondering if it&rsquo;s worth all the risk to even hang on to it. Oh dear me, I think I enjoyed this one more than EXILED. Actually I know I did. Grams was hilarious. Riley was a sick freak. Willy is one of my most favorite, sweetest characters I have ever come across in any book. Rayna is a kick arse character that totally rocked the book. And Chase, my dear tattoo wielding, Chase&hellip;you are a great guy. You have come so far since we first met you in EXILED. See, people can change. And I am so glad he has. I like him better this way. He is learning that he doesn&rsquo;t have to face things alone; that he actually has friends to help him.   Several times I caught myself snorting out loud at the hilarious lines Merrick would scribble out. Grams scene was the absolute best. She seriously needs more action&hellip;and I hope there will be more in RELEASE. But there was also times I was hurting for some of the others, especially Willy and Rayna. I hated when people would gang up on my sweet Willy. And when Rayna was trying to shift was heartbreaking to read. One thing I mentioned in my review of EXILED was how I wish there would have been more romance in the book. Luckily we get to see some in SHIFT&hellip;not a lot but some. Chase finally opened those little peepers of his and started realizing he has some feelings for Rayna floating around. And it is about time. And I will say&hellip;it was perfect. Achingly perfect. Enough to have us readers needing more in RELEASE. I immensely recommend this book to anyone out there that enjoys fantasy at its best. You like action and fighting? This series has it all. Merrick&rsquo;s imagination apparently knows no bounds and I was blown away by this sequel to EXILED. You definitely need to make a point to read this series.
Teelovesgio More than 1 year ago
Fantastic Sequel to an EPIC Series Shift is the second book in The Protector Series and it picks up where Exiled has left off. Man oh man does Chase have it bad. In Exiled he found out some things that just don't add up. While struggling to come to terms with this news he received he is also struggling with his feelings for Rayna. He knows she is a good witch but there are some things that just don't add up. Also to make matters worse he finds out that his father is against him and has put him right in the middle of a supernatural war. What is Chase to do when he finds out his father wants to bring back the evil God Ithereal?  Chase now posses gifts from the Goddess. She has given the mark of a protector which is a tattoo and a ring that gives him extraordinary powers. Chase is not used to these powers and he has to learn to control them and wield them at the right time. But his partner Rayna now has a huge problem. She is possessed by a demon and that demon is determined to kill her. What will Chase do? He has to learn to control his powers real fast because he is under Psychic attacks from Riley. Riley is determined to take him out. So he is constantly attacking Chase and Chase has to fight him with everything he has. Chase is not sure he can do this he is not sure he can control his powers and save Rayna but he is going to die trying. Chase will not let his father win this war. There are a lot of people at stake here and Chase is determined to prove he can hold his own. The Goddess did not give him the gifts for him to cower in a corner so he is determined to fight his way to safety and figure out a way to rescue Rayna from the demon that is eating her alive. Will Chase be able to save Rayna or will Rayna become what Chase fears? Will the demons win this round or will Chase defeat his father?
JoeVampire More than 1 year ago
Indie author M.R. Merrick's SHIFT, the sequel to EXILED and second book in THE PROTECTOR series, continues the story of Chase Williams, unintentional hunter-hero of the Underworld, and his patchwork clan of magic workers as they determine their next steps in staving off the dark godly ascension of Riley Williams...who just happens to be Chase's father. After suffering the confusing, heart-wrenching loss of his mother, Chase is more determined than ever to prevent Riley's dominion. But first, he has to figure out how to control his own power, which seems to be growing by the day... The story kicks off with a hyper-adrenalized bang and doesn't let up until the epilogue - and even THAT packs a wallop that leaves you hoping the third book won't be long behind. New creatures and characters emerge to flesh out the mix, adding layers that organically enrich the storytelling begun in EXILED. But what stands out in both books beyond Merrick's stunningly detailed world creation and white knuckle magic-packed action sequences is the emotionally-charged sense of family and protective obligation that drives Chase to become a true hero. He isn't called the Protector for nothing, and in SHIFT his dedication and leadership toward defending the ones he loves comes barreling to the fore - most notably in his developing father-by-proxy relationship with mentor Marcus and his brotherly devotion toward demon-shifter Willy. And with Chase's relationship with the newly-shifting Rayna becoming more complicated (the crackling dialogue between the two is a definite highlight) the reader is given a deftly-crafted sympathetic main character not only evolving as a hero but maturing as a man as well. All of this brings THE PROTECTOR series great heart and soul to match the action and magic. Well done, Mr. Merrick. On the edge of my seat for the next chapter.
BookishThings More than 1 year ago
I read Exiled, and absolutely loved it! After reading Shift, I'm a fan for life! Merrick has managed to bring fantasy and paranormal views together seamlessly. If you loved the action in Exiled, you'll love the action scenes in Shift. Every time Chase and Rayna turn a corner someone is after them. It's that, or Rayna's beast is trying to come to the front. Shift is a little more emotional than Exiled. Chase is trying to deal with losing the person who matter most to him. He's always angry and can't control his elements. Chase also feels guilt about constantly putting those he cares about in danger. I loved Rayna and Willy. Rayna shows a softer side that she tried to hide. She also learns more about herself. Willy finally shows some backbone. I have much respect for him. Tiki tries to fit into this new world, although he hates the clothes. I couldn't help but smirk when he'd be wearing his white pants and rope belt. By the end of the book I wanted to throw Vincent off a cliff. Too bad it wouldn't kill him. At least it'd bring some kind of pain. There are a few new characters also. Chief is caring and willing to help Chase and Rayna as much as he possibly can. Karissa and Garrett are werecats. I think Karissa has a thing for Chase, which could be problematic. Just saying. :D I can't wait to see how all of these new relationships and alliances pan out. Merrick does a fascinating job with the world building. I found myself on edge as Chase and his friends visited a new world. It was a dark and terrifying place. I hope we never have to visit again. If you are a fan of fantasy and paranormal, definitely give this series a try. You won't be disappointed. I don't know why I waited so long to read these books. The story line is pretty EPIC!
KtTurner More than 1 year ago
Well, what&rsquo;s to say! Book 2 in The Protector series certainly maintains the high intense, action packed adventure that book 1 began with. M.R. Merrick did an amazing job continuing the story and the characters in this book and the third is certainly going to be epic to continue Chase&rsquo;s journey. Chase is still struggling with the idea that his father is trying to invoke the powers of an evil God. His father&rsquo;s ideas are crazy and go against every belief that Chase was told during his childhood. After surviving their last encounter, Chase is left devastated and trying to control his new abilities. The Circle has requested a meeting, but Chase has his doubts as to their motives. After receiving gifts from the Goddess to help defeat his father, everybody seems to want control of the powerful ring. As the meeting continues, their ideals don&rsquo;t change and Chase becomes outraged; a showdown is imminent. All of the Underworld factions are up against each other and Chase seems to be stuck in the middle. Rayna is fighting a monster within and Willy was bitten by a werewolf during a scuffle. Everything seems to be going extremely wrong and Chase only has one thing in his sights. HIS FATHER! Chase is trying to control his powers, support Rayna with her monster that&rsquo;s trying to rip her apart, deal with Marcus and his betrayal all besides being tracked down by vampires, hunters and the Dark Brothers. Chase&rsquo;s dreams are being invaded by the Dark Brother&rsquo;s and what happens in his dreams seems to hurt his physical body. Nothing is going as to plan&hellip;. Will Chase be able to get control of his powers? Will he understand the ring and keep it safe? Can Rayna and Chase overcome their problems to realise their feelings for each other? Can Chase and Marcus gather enough followers to fight against the army of pureblood demons? This is like Indiana Jones meets Underworld. Chase goes on an adventure of self-discovery in order to learn more about himself and how to stop his father. Along the way, realisation takes place that everybody is not as they seem and family is not only made by blood. Shift is full to the brim of action, destruction, betrayal, magic, life changing epiphanies and even a little romance. This is an amazing read, fast paced and with twists along the way that keeps you guessing. Just what is going to happen in book 3, Release? The descriptions of the beasts are so unusual and the other dimensions are so vivid you can almost reach out and touch them. One of my favourite parts was at the Witches store and how the owner appears old and blind only to change into a young lovely witch. Awesome!! Everybody needs to read this series.
ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
Can I just say ---- damn this book is a whirlwind! If you love the action then bring this one on baby! Chase gets two breaths after one battle before all hell breaks loose again. What is so fabulous about this read is that along with the fast paced ride, the characters are doing some growing. Love that. Chase is crushed by his mothers death and as he finds out more details about the events that surround it, he struggles more and more to reel in his emotions. At the same time, his power is getting stronger. He could easily rip a few people apart for their role in her death. But he doesn't. Anger is a constant companion but through the non-stop action, he learns what's really important. He makes decisions that only he could make correctly and only after going through what he went through. I really liked Chase in Exiled. He was snarky and had just enough power to be kickass. But I fell in love with him in Shift. He grew into his role as leader of a rag tag group and managed to strengthen that group in the process. I'm proud of you, Chase. As for Rayne, I really didn't feel the connection with her in Exiled but I discovered her jealous devotion to Chase in Shift. Thought she might claw some eyes out or something a few times - talk about almost cat fight. Of course I totally love her now. And Willy! Yay Willy - you rock you stuttering demon you! I think the characters are my favorite part of these books. They endure so much and I'm cheering for them through every battle. I can't wait to see what happens next and if Chase can save the day. I'm leaning towards yes but only after being drug through the underworld to do it. =) If you love a more urban fantasy feel with a few trips to the underworld thrown in along the way and some kickass characters with non-stop action, then this book is a MUST READ. This one will have you up late to finish it. Pick it up - you won't regret it!
Bex_n_Books More than 1 year ago
I was completely blown away by Shift, book two in M.R Merrick's The Protector Series. The action and pace was superbly established and maintained and the characters that we had grown to love from book one, Exiled, were pushed and developed even further than I imagined possible. Chase's life in Shift doesn't seem to get any easier. He constantly finds himself in the middle of the battles and struggles of those around him. Merrick manages to successfully reestablish Chase's character and allows the reader to fully understand his thoughts and feelings by the first person narrative. This enables us to relate to this fascinating character so that we are actively cheering his successes and mourning his losses along side him. I am in awe at Merrick's ability to produce such a believable, yet complex character to life in the world of make believe that he creates. The strength of Merrick's writing, alongside the ease of the read, is impressive. And whilst this series targets the young adult reader, it offers enough challenge for the most seasoned reader. Likewise, we are privileged with the insight into several more of Merrick's characters. We follow Rayna's amazing journey and self-discovery, in addition to discovering more about the highly likeable yet mysterious Marcus. By the end of Shift, I was left feeling satisfied, especially with the promise of reading book three Release very soon. A phenomenal 5 fairies!
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
Can I just squee for a moment? *squee!* I was so excited to be thrust back into M.R. Merricks world of Underworlders and Demon Hunters. Of the short amount of time between me reading the first book, Exile, to the time I started reading book two, Shift, it felt like I was away from this unforgettable group of characters for years! When in reality, it was maybe a couple of weeks. That&rsquo;s just how AWESOME this story is. Unforgettable characters, an addictive storyline, and a certain je ne sais quoi! All I know is that I need more! Bring on book three! So Shift picks up in and around the time where Exile ends. Chase is trying to come to terms with the loss of his mother and trying to find a place to belong. He now lives with Rayna and Marcus in their condo, but will it ever really feel like home to him, when home was wherever his mother was? And not only that, but the opening events that happen in the beginning pretty much grabs your attention and then you&rsquo;re hooked. I know I was! We witness Rayna trying to shift into her animal form. Can I just say that the descriptions provided by author, M.R. Merrick, during these events was so real that I was pretty much able to see the images of the yuckyness of the attempted shift? The blood, the fluids (ick), the ripping/tearing sounds, the screams&hellip;omg I was so right there! It was like an accident you can&rsquo;t look away from. In reality, you know&hellip;if shifts and underworlders and demon hunters existed&hellip;I would not be able to be in the same radius of this event, but the imagery popped out at me with every word. And don&rsquo;t think this is the only time you&rsquo;ll be lucky enough to read about what happens to one&rsquo;s body when they shift. Oh no no no, my dear readers. This happens quite a bit in the book, and each time was described just as well as the first. Not only does Chase have to now worry about Rayna and her inability to shift, but he and his band of misfits go to meet the Circle (yes, the same circle that ousted him and his mother all those years ago) to discuss the events that transpired in Exile. Much arrogance and displays of magic ensues and they are not any more ahead in trying to figure out how the ring works, what his markings mean, and how to stop his crazyass father, Riley, from bringing on the Apocalypse. And to top that all off, everyone wants a piece of the ring! The Circle, Riley, other Underworlders, and even Vincent&hellip;yes Vincent who I was starting to crush on in book 1. Although, now in Shift, Vincent is less of a crush to me and more of a force to be reckoned with. We are reunited again with those very characters we grew to love in Exile. Tiki is still adorably loyal, a new Willy emerges that you can&rsquo;t help but love even more, Marcus unveils some surprising news to Chase (although not so surprising to me because I thought it was pretty obvi), Rayna struggles with her shifting and seeks help from a pack of werecats, Victor is&hellip;well&hellip;Victor, and Chase is still trying to figure it all out. Different allegiances formed, new sworn enemies introduced and re-visited, Shift was an amazing follow up to Exile. With unbelievable world building, strong character development, and a storyline that still reminds of The Mortal Instruments series with a dash of Harry Potter, this is one story that you simply won&rsquo;t be able to put down. With so many different surprises and twists that come up in Shift, this series has easily become one of my top must reads of all time. I can&rsquo;t wait to see what more M.R. Merrick can pull out of hat with these characters and this storyline. If you haven&rsquo;t started these yet, what are ya waiting for? You won&rsquo;t be sorry&hellip; Bring on book 3!
SnatcherGirl More than 1 year ago
*Warning: Contains spoilers for Exiled, book #1. My review for it can be found here* I enjoyed this book much more than the first. What was lacking with the first, I found answers to in the this book. Rayna and Chase&rsquo;s relationship was fantastically developed. Definitely no insta-love here. Instead, I sat back and relaxed as I watched these two people come to know and respect one another. They developed a functional relationship first, before it developed into something with a little more chemistry. And that in and of itself was such a breath of fresh air in YA. It&rsquo;s not that every character falls for another instantly, but there&rsquo;s a lot of lusting away at first sight, and then BAM! something extraordinary occurs that makes them realize their love. This doesn&rsquo;t typify all YA books, but I do think the majority (maybe a 4:5 ratio) of books do. So, thank you, thank you, thank you Merrick, for the development. Then I kind of actually enjoyed watching Marcus and Chase Alpha male it out. Mostly because it allowed me to see a side of Marcus that I really felt was lacking in the first book. He&rsquo;s so vulnerable from Chase&rsquo;s mother&rsquo;s death that he yields authority to a teenager. In my world, no adult does that. So it really say&rsquo;s something how this death turned everything on its head for Marcus. So in some twisted turn-about-view, I find his acceptance of Chase&rsquo;s &ldquo;coming of age&rdquo; realistic, in a case where it would normally not be realistic at all. Again, though, there was a point in the plot where things didn&rsquo;t quite flow, and this was at the end. All of a sudden, I felt as if things were happening much to fast without any thought. There&rsquo;s a point when Chase discovers how to use his ring, and with out any second thought, jumps dimensions. Another time, the gang decides to go off on a mission to a hellic dimension, and I&rsquo;m just sitting there like, &ldquo;Wait, shouldn&rsquo;t you at least think about this for a moment?!&rdquo;And we know something&rsquo;s wrong when I start acting like the adult in a situation. But honestly, that doesn&rsquo;t take away from my love of the story. Because it is such a beautifully crafted novel with amazing characters. I really do love them, and honestly can&rsquo;t wait for the next book.