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Skinshifter (Sylvan Cycle) (Volume 1) Paperback – September 25, 2015
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About the Author
Alycia Christine grew up near the dusty cotton fields of Lubbock, Texas, with a fearless mutt for a dog and a backyard trampoline that almost bounced her to the moon. She fell in love with fantasy and science fiction books when her father first read them to her at age ten. Her love of fiction writing blossomed during her time at Texas A&M University. Alycia’s fiction has received wide praise for its unique characters and vivid storytelling. Her award-winning art photography has been featured in Times Square. When she isn’t writing or shooting photos, Alycia enjoys long talks with her husband, drinking copious amounts of tea, and coaxing her skittish cat out from under the living room furniture. Find her at AlyciaChristine.com.
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Along the way she meets Lauraisha, the youngest Tygleasian princess who is also on the run, and has secrets of her own. Together they team up, along with others, to embark in a race against time to stop the Ashekan deadwalkers from destroying the Sylvan race.
I rarely read fantasy anymore, but every once in a while I'm reminded why I still enjoy the occasional foray into this genre. Skinshifters was a wonderful reminder. Alycia Christine paints a vividly fantastical world full of strong, believable characters, and an intriguing plot chock full of twists and turns, that leaves you breathless for more. I very much look forward to the second book in this series and reading more of the world's that this author has created.
My favorite character of the book was Lauraisha. She was a perfect amount of bravery, snark, and innocence. She always popped in at the correct spot and helped bring a light in some dark times. She made me laugh and I feel like she evolved quite a bit as a character. In my opinion she grew the most because of where she started. She seemed to be pretty ignorant about the rest of Sylvan which required Katja to explain it to her. It went along with the story really well because it kept me informed without treating the readers as they are incompetent. I'm excited to read the next book of the series when it is released.
My favorite scene was in the cave during Chapter Five. It really brings Lauraisha and Katja together and it seemed to bond their friendship. It began their friendship and their journey. It was neat to meet a dead king. I'm not going to say too much but it is the event that begins their entire tale and the companions they meet along the way. My second favorite character is the settings. They are an unspoken character that transform the story to a fantastic read. It needs to be mentioned because without it the story isn't the same.
Overall, I was impressed with the writing and thought it flowed nicely. It was well written but this book demands your attention. It grabs you and makes you put all other books aside. It screams at you and makes you finish it. I would recommend this book and series to all of my fantasy loving friends.
Come along on with Katja and her pack, on this perilous journey full of love, tears, danger, loss, fear, growth, exploration, and commitment. This is a great read.
Skinshifter by Alycia Christine is the first book in this promising Sylvan Cycle series. (It does have a novella as an introduction to the series). It’s a great read, and it has all the elements a YA needs to keep them interested. It is an amazing adventure, well written and very descriptive. The world once I stepped into it, kept me hooked.
Katja Escari, our heroine, is an great character; she is tough, brave, a hardy female, and a werecat. But she has a secret that not only endangers her, but those around her as well. When the other members of her Feliconas Clan are ruthlessly murdered by the greatly feared Asheken deadwalkers, Katja flees determined to survive and seek vengeance for her clan. (Asheken deadwalkers are vampires, they can create zombies, no redeeming qualities. They want to rule the entire world.).
Princess Lauraisha is also a character on the run for her life from the evil deeds of her wicked father. The two females, although quite different in some ways, soon learn just how similar they are and they eventually develop a friendship so deep, it is like they are sisters.
After agreeing to help each other achieve their goals against the predominant evils in their lives, their direction is unexpectedly altered by a plea for help from a surprising source that sends them running into the adventure of a lifetime to save the Sylvans from the coming Asheken hordes. With danger at every turn, they join forces with other Sylvans in a race against time.
I enjoyed Skinshifter. Author Alycia Christine developed an entertaining story, full of fantasy, moments of tense action, and has lots of intriguing characters. This book is a great introduction to the series. Skinshifter was a worthwhile read and I look forward to the next in the series.