Today, I am participating as a blog tour host in the Blog Tour for Shift by Raine Thomas.
“To unfurl the force herein
Eight journeys must now begin;
Once separate and undefined,
Different paths somehow align…”
As a shapeshifter, Sophia is familiar with change, but even she feels the friction building in her homeland. With the births of the newest Estilorians looming, a Mercesti and kragen now in their midst, another Mercesti hunting for the Elder Scroll, and a traumatized female too afraid to use her abilities to stop him, tensions run high.
Topping off Sophia’s stress is Quincy, the male she’s convinced can’t stand the sight of her. She rues the loss of their past friendship, but can’t figure out how to move past it. She’ll soon learn, however, that mending that rift could bear more significance than she ever imagined.
The hunt for the Elder Scroll takes on unexpected urgency, and Sophia finds herself in a race across the mainland. To try and stop Eirik and his followers, she and her family and friends must get past their differences and unite against him. If they don’t, Eirik will not only acquire immense power, he’ll kill two of the beings Sophia loves most.
This is the second book in the Firstborn trilogy. Picking up from where it was left off in Defy (see my review here), the children of the daughters of Saraqael must now act quickly to join forces with others and thwart the evil plan of the cruel merciless beings on the Estilorian plane.
Although Tate from Defy still plays a major role in this book, Shift gives us a better glimpse into the lives of the other children of the daughters of Saraqael. Here, we have Tiege, who is the twin brother of Tate; Clara Kate, who is the oldest of all the firstborns; and Sophia, who is the unique cousin with shape-shifting abilities.
What I really like about the main characters is that each of them has a youthful temperament that reflects some facets of the personalities of the daughters of Saraqael. For example, Tate has Skye’s vivaciousness, Clara Kate has Amber’s sense of groundedness and Sophia has Olivia’s talents with wit. Because they are young, emotional and inexperienced, they sometimes make choices that are a little unpredictable. It’s really interesting to watch them eagerly head into the unknowns while learning to survive, grow up and be smart.
As the story proceeds, I start understanding why the evil ones are so keen on getting what they want and why the majority of the Estilorians are so desperate in wanting to stop the evil ones from succeeding. It’s also quite intriguing to learn how the earlier battles (as depicted in the Daughters of Saraqael series) have impacted the lives of those who now reside on the mainland of the Estilorian plane.
While the presence of the children of the daughters of Saraqael seem to be affecting the outcome of the evil plot, it appears that the evil ones are more prepared to outsmart the Estilorian elders in this book. With the elders not united to guide, Tate, Tiege, Clara Kate and Sophia must learn to trust their own abilities to make the right decisions to keep moving forward.
I particularly like Sophia in this book. The only one born to have the ability to shape-shift, Sophia is a bit puzzled by how different she is among her siblings as well as her cousins. She is even more puzzled when Quincy, the family doctor, begins to avoid spending time with her alone. With sharp intelligence, Sophia likes to spend time in her lab conducting experiments. She is also eager to discover new findings to help to enhance the wellness of the firstborns. What I really find remarkable is that even when she is exhausted and lost in an utterly wild and foreign environment, she still manages to calm herself enough to use her wits and come up with a plan to help her fight against all odds to be reunited with her comrades. I like how much she cares about her family. I like how ready she is to always look out for her friends. I like how unbending she can become when she sees what’s right and keeps working on what’s necessary until she uncovers the best solution for all parties involved.
Shift is a page-turner. Characters from earlier books, such as Quincy and Ini-herit, now assume roles that are much bigger than what was previously implied. I personally find it brilliant to see how all major characters come together to build a climactic moment that is plausible, breathtaking and believable.
Entertaining and beautifully crafted, Shift is unpredictably good IMHO. If you’re fascinated by the world of the Estilorians, you’ll surely want to pick this one up and devour it.
About the Author
Raine Thomas is the author of the exciting and original series of YA fantasy/romance novels about the Estilorian plane. She became truly passionate about writing when one of her stories took an Honorable Mention in a fourth-grade writing competition (who would have thought a story about a dancing spider would garner so much attention?). Carrying that passion with her, she earned her bachelor’s degree in English with a focus in Creative Writing from Georgia State University, then her master’s degree in Humanities from Central Michigan University.
Residing in Orlando, Florida, Raine is a hopeless romantic with a background in the fields of mental health and wedding planning…two areas that intersect far more than one would think. Her years working with children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral challenges inspired her to create young protagonists who overcome their own conflicts. When she isn’t writing or glued to e-mail or social networking sites, Raine can usually be found vacationing with her husband and daughter on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.
Shift is the second book in the Firstborn series.
As a way to celebrate Shift‘s release, our lovely author, Raine Thomas, is currently hosting a giveaway of one signed copy of Defy, one signed copy of Shift, and a necklace inspired by Sophia, the main heroine in Shift.
You can enter here or on any of the blog tour stops currently participating in the YA Bound tour. Good Luck!