Review: Shifter’s Storm by Carol Van Natta

January 15, 2020 Fantasy, Review, Romance 4

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Shifter's StormShifter’s Storm (Ice Age Shifters #5)
by Carol Van Natta

My Rating: 4 stars

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Age Category: Adult
Type of romance: MF

Blurb:
In a dying fairy fantasyland, can two shifters tell if the magic between them is real?

While volunteering for hurricane cleanup, sheriff’s deputy and leopard shifter Chantal Hammond stumbles across two escapees from a fairy fantasyland. Unfortunately, when she tries to help, she ends up trapped. She quickly discovers she’s lost in a mini-world of trouble, and more captives need rescuing.

Prehistoric sloth shifter Dauro de Mar and his friends have cruelly been imprisoned in their animal forms for years. His plan to lead the escape is mostly wishful thinking until an intoxicating and magical leopard shifter arrives still in her human form. She’s their game changer.

It’s going to take Chantal’s and Dauro’s combined skills, magic, and courage to evade evil hunters and greedy fairies, and get everyone out of this mess. Especially since the fairy fantasyland is disintegrating. Can they fight off danger—and their sizzling attraction—long enough to win their freedom? Or will they be destroyed by the mother of all storms when this magical land dies?

Find out today in Shifter’s Storm, another sizzling hot Ice Age Shifters® paranormal romance from USA TODAY bestselling author Carol Van Natta.

Shifter’s Storm is a complete story with a happily-ever-after and no cliffhanger, and can be enjoyed without having read the rest of the series.

My Review

I really like Carol Van Natta’s Ice Age Shifter series so far and as soon as this one released I bought my copy and started reading it not much later. It was so fun to return to the world of the Ice Age Shifters, this book features Chantal, who is the daughter of the couple from book 1. I liked that connection with book 1 and she also has popped up shortly as a side character in another book, so it was fun to see her have her own story now. Her love interest is an ice age sloth shifter who has been held captive for hundreds of years. They meet under unusual circumstances and sparks fly.

While Chantal has made a short appearance in earlier books, this one an be read as a standalone easy enough if you like to start here. Especially as this story has no close ties to the previous books and takes place in a different setting. Although some of the earlier books do need to be read in order for the most enjoyment. And I do recommend checking out the rest of the series as it’s a great paranormal romance series.

Chantal is working in Florida for the sheriff’s office when some flamingo shifters ask for her help with hurricane cleanup on an island, she agrees to go and while there stumbles upon two Capricorns who need her help, she gets pulled back in to the fairy demesne they came from and vows to help all the shifters who are being held captive there to escape. Sloth shifter Dauro is one of the captives in the fairy mini world and he wants to escape with his fellow shifters and friends and this might be the moment they are waiting for, with the help of Chantal they might have a chance to make it out alive.

This was another great story. The pacing was well done and I was hooked from the start reading about these two characters, trying to help everyone escape from the fairy world and along the way find each other and fall in love. There’s plenty of danger and action. The whole escape plot line was great to read about and all the trouble surrounding this mini fairyland was quite interesting.

Both Chantal and Dauro were great characters. I liked Chantal’s personality, she was capable and self reliant and also willing to risk her own life to help these strangers escape. Dauro has been held captive for a long time, but that hasn’t made him bitter, he is the most caring and open person and he’s made friends and close ties to the other captive shifters. And these two characters worked together so well too.

While the romance developed quite quickly, I did feel their romance. It’s clear these two are great together and I like how they work together to help everyone escape. It also was nice to see how they only stole some kisses until everyone was safe before they brought things further. I thought they were sweet together and their attraction to one another was obvious too.

I liked seeing Dauro get his first glimpse of the real world after hundreds of year being captive and the first time in human form after so long in sloth form. While a magic spell gave him some knowledge about modern things it was interesting to see him get a feel for how the world has changed and use the wrong word a few times, like mini trident for fork.

I like how we get to know a bit more about these fairy world or fairy demesne as they are called in this book. They are small worlds anchored in the real world and you need a portal to get inside. The world inside is separate from the real world and can have it’s own rules. In this book the demesne was more of a prison, but I like the hopeful notes at the end of what the demesne can become. I also liked how Dauro was an ice age sloth, that was fun to read about. And I also liked the addition of flamingo shifters and some of the unusual shifters that were being held captive, like the wraith, wyvern and more. There also is plenty of unique magic again. I really like the world the author has created in this series.

To summarize: Another great read in this series. Chantal is the daughter of the couple from book one which was a fun connection, but this book can be read as a standalone. I liked both main characters. Chantal was capable, self reliant, friendly and helpful too as evidenced by how she risks her life to help free a group of strangers from their fairyland prison. Dauro has a big heart and I liked how much he cared about his friends. Their romance was great to see, they meet under unusual circumstances, but it sure works and I liked seeing them fall for each other. They are so sweet together and there is some steam too, but only once they’re safe. I liked seeing more of the world of the ice age shifters, I liked the idea of an ice age sloth shifter and the flamingo shifters were fun to read about too as well as some other interesting paranormal creatures and shifters. It also was interesting leaning more about these fairy demesnes. This continues to be a great series and I can’t wait for more books in this series!

4 Stars

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