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Forbidden, August 2015
by Cathy Clamp

352 pages
ISBN: 0765377209
EAN: 9780765377203
Kindle: B00PP81A5G
Paperback / e-Book
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"The Sazi are back!"

Fresh Fiction Review

Cathy Clamp

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 there.

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.

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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.

Luna Lake, 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 still-fearful guardians.

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 decade ago.

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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