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Critical Acclaim for Shepherd's Moon:

"Mantle can count me in for the next installment!" ~ By The Beach Reads

"Mantle stirs the reader's imagination with vivid character and setting details..." Grammatic Effect

"This author's book has bite!" ~ San Tan Valley News

"Promising new start to a new fantasy series..." ~ Brian Triplett, Seattle Examiner
"Just good old-fashioned adventure with incredible characters!"

"This book had me hooked right from the start!"

"The book provides a CRAZY twist at the end that I never saw coming." 

"Can't wait for the next in the series!"

"Stacy Mantle's Shepherd's Moon is a rousing new addition to the fantasy field. Not only does the author speak with authority when it comes to the animals in her book (both natural and supernatural), but she has created a main character who is engaging and real, and who I can't wait to follow from here...especially after that ending!"
     --James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of The Eye of God

As the official "were-whisperer" of the Southwest Territory, Alexandra handles several of the "higher-risk" Weres that run the area. From a shape-shifting, rebel rousing coyote to a troubled were-jaguar and her cubs, the characters are what make this book relatable - and guarantees a long series life.
     -- San Tan Valley Today

"I think the story is well written and the characters were fully developed.  They weren't perfect and are like real individuals. Each had their own flaws of personality which I like, as that makes it a little more "realistic" for me.  The ending sets you up for a following book, which I cannot wait to get my grubby little paws on.  If you like Were books with some suspense, then this is definitely something that needs to go on your TBR List, ASAP!"
     --Passionate Book Divas

"Mantle takes the genre convention and breathes new life into it in ways that will probably give her readers a deeper appreciation for a variety of animals ranging from cougars, to horses, to ordinary house cats."
     -- Brian Triplet, Spokane Book Examiner

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466471387
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466471382
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,749,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Stacy Mantle is most well known as the founder of the popular website,, but she is also the author of several books, including her first novel, Shepherd's Moon - the first in the Shepherds series. Her collected works are vast and many of her stories and articles have been translated into several languages, and now reach an international audience. She resides in the deserts of the Southwest (despite hating the heat) with three dogs, several cats, and a very supportive husband. When she's not writing, she can be found volunteering at animal rescue events around the country.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Reading By The Beach on March 30, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I have to say that I enjoyed the characters along with the plot line, but I found quite a few problems that detracted from my reading experience.

As soon as I started reading Shepherd's Moon I instantly felt as if I missed out on the first book of the series. There was just so much backstory and history that was relayed to us as the reader and had a huge part of the story. I also think that by not being able to 'witness' the past events, it lessened the investment into the characters, I wasn't as effected as I should have been. Also, the repetitiveness was extraneous. It seemed that every time Modnik(the were-jaguar) was brought up that we got a recap of the event that took place pre-book.

There is a broad spectrum of Shifters in Shepherd's Moon, as well as other preternatural creatures. It was fun to see all the different ones as they came to play in the story. For instance, there are vampires, Nephilim, different weres like jaguars, coyotes, wolves, horses, hawks, cheetahs. In other words, Stacy Mantle brought a lot of new concepts to the table that I really appreciated.

Alex as the female protagonist was a strong voice, in my opinion. I liked her determination and fierce loyalty to her pack, but I couldn't figure out if she was 20 or 24, I think each age was mentioned once in the book. I also had to keep reminding myself of her age, she reads as an older woman, and it might have been the authors intention because Alex hasn't had an easy life. She's had to grow up quickly to take on certain responsibilities. She seemed to fumble around a lot with her responsibilities and lacked a certain amount of experience, and that's the one thing I found consistent with her age.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nicole R Peterson on April 13, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Alexa, our MC, is what is referred to as a Shepherd in the Paranormal world. Orphaned as a young child and moved through the system, Alexa has got some bad ass in her. She has the ability to communicate and connect with shifters and is the head of her pack. She has only been in charge for a year, so she is still learning as she goes. Also she is a bit of an anomaly. Apparently, she is the only female Sheppard in the past two thousand years or so and the Council isn't fully convinced of her competance yet.

It is her job, with the help of her pack, to track and capture any paranormal creatures about and either bring them into her pack of euthanize if there is no other option available. She is also working with the local police department's special assignment unit that deals in supernatural serial killers. She is called in on such a case where an apparent "newborn" is in a home with his wife and son. Hoping that she will be able to calm the situation and get the animal contained and away from the scene, away from the public eye, she goes in and cannot conncect with the newb. She is caught in the alley with the shifter and manages to bring him down. Several nights later she is once again called out on some pumas that she once again cannot read and or connect with. She gets her ass handed to her, but makes it out alive. She contacts The Council and requests help and information to figure out what is going on.

I received this goodie from Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Fanatics, a group on goodreads, as a Read 2 Review. Stacy Mantle offered it to the group and I would like to thank her for the opportunity to read it. I think the story is well written and the characters were fully developed. They weren't perfect and are like real individuals.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Red Headed Book Worm on April 29, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I recieved a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

I am not much of a shifter girl, vamps have always had my heart. But after reading this book, I just may have to rethink my choice! This book was a breath of fresh air. Mantle incorporates many different shifter species into this book. Not just your werewolves, but, coyotes, hawks, horses, even a house cat! And just for good measure, she throws in a vampire. Alex is a kick ass heroine and it has great secondary characters, and can I just say, I am totally crushing on Tristan. I loved everything about this book. Can't wait for the second installment!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hazel at Craves the Angst Book Reviews on April 18, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Shepherd's Moon is the first book in The Shepherd's series by Stacy Mantle. I read this book as a R2R.

I liked this book. It was different and intrigued me. The spin on shifters was a refreshing change from the normal take in the UF genera. I loved all the preternatural species and the idea of Shepherds was a clever idea. The story was interesting and I really liked the cast of characters presented. Alex, the first female Shepherd in 200 years, was an excellent lead female and I really liked her devotion to her pack and her pack devotion to her. I also liked the struggle she had in dealing with her duties at her young age. It was written well and I could really feel for her. Her pack was a delight to read and I enjoyed each one in their different backgrounds and how they came to be part of the pack.

The things I didn't like about this book were, the beginning was very slow. I realize a lot of story background needed to be covered but I had to force myself to keep reading up until about page 90 where things started to get exciting. After that, the story was fast paced and the fight sequences were expertly written. There were some severe editing errors but not to difficult to get through.

Overall, I thought this was a good read. The ending left me wanting more and I think this is a great start to what could be a terrific series. I'll definitely keep my eyes open for book two.
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