"The Sazi are back!"
Reviewed by Annetta Sweetko
Posted October 9, 2015
Fantasy Urban | Thriller Paranormal - Supernatural
Ten years have passed since the war that destroyed the Sazi
Council and inflicted a horrible "cure" on thousands of
Sazi, robbing them of their ability to shapeshift. That has
been long enough for some to begin to chafe at the limits
set on them and to be FORBIDDEN to be what and who they are.
Luna Lake in Washington State had started out as a refugee
camp for Sazi orphans because many were killed by
the "cure." Now this camp is a small town filled with those
that are now adults. But something has gone wrong in this
isolated set up. Sazi children have gone missing. And the
powers that be have sent in someone to check out things
Claire is a red wolf shifter who had been held prisoner as
a child by the Snakes, who warred against the Sazi. Now she
is a Sazi investigator. Before the war, Alek was part of a
wolf pack in Chicago, but now having been adopted by a
parliament of Owls, he calls Luna Lake home. When Claire
and Alek meet the sparks fly, but Claire has a job to do and
children to rescue and Alek is still searching for his
little sister who disappeared a decade ago. Things are not
what they seem to be in this Sazi town.
The first thing I can say about FORBIDDEN is the Sazi are
back! As a long-time fan of this world written by Cathy
Clamp, I am thrilled to be able to go back into it and
though it is a decade after the last one (SERPENT MOON) it
still has the same vibe as before. I liked Claire. She is
strong. She has to be after going through the Ascension,
a competition to set up the lowest ranks in the town. She
had just been in an accident that nearly killed her and her
mentor, and Alek didn't have his mind on helping her so
of course she lost. That in itself almost puts a halt to
her investigation as she is treated as the lowest of lows
in the pack. In my opinion, some of
the actions toward the lowest pack members were horrible
and that practice needed to be stopped. Alek at first seems
like a flake. His mind is always on something else, but I
really did like him and he got it together toward the end.
The action in FORBIDDEN is varied and plentiful. All kinds
of things happen in this book. The romance is sweet yet
hot, and the characters of this town are very different
with some likable and others you hope never to meet
anywhere. We also get to see, or at least hear some voices
from the past series. I won't tell you which ones. This was a great return to a fun
series and I can't wait for the next one.
USA Today bestselling author Cathy Clamp reboots the
Sazi universe in Forbidden, a tightly-paced,
high-tension urban fantasy thriller.
Ten years have
passed since the war that destroyed the Sazi Council and
inflicted a horrible "cure" on thousands of Sazi, robbing
them of their ability to shapeshift.
isolated in Washington State, started as a refugee camp for
Sazi orphans. Now it's a small town and those refugees are
young adults, chafing at the limits set by their
There's reason to fear:
Sazi children are being kidnapped. Claire, a red wolf
shifter, is sent to investigate. Held prisoner by the Snakes
during childhood, Claire is distrusted by those who call
Luna Lake home.
Before the war, Alek was part of a
wolf pack in Chicago. In Luna Lake he was adopted by a
parliament of Owls, defying Sazi tradition. The kidnappings
are a painful reminder that his little sister disappeared a
When Claire and Alek meet, sparks fly--but
the desperate race to find the missing children forces them
to set aside their mutual attraction and focus on the future
of their people.
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