Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Nature of the Beast

Title: Nature of the Beast
Author: Amylea Lyn
Publisher: Silver Publishing
ISBN: 9781920484910
Genre: {M/M}, Shape-sifter, Fantasy, Series
Rating:  5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph 

Raine is special but in a place like The City, being special can be dangerous.  When Raine winds up in prison, he knows that all hope is lost.  Then he meets The Beast. 

Nature of the Beast is a great story and a wonderful beginning to a series that is sure to bring the author many fans.  As the first book in the Outside the City series, it does all the things it should.  The readers are introduced to a variety of characters, some they will come to care about and others they will be glad to see get their just desserts.  This story also introduces the readers to the world in which the series takes place.  The City is repressive, with a governing body that is corrupt in more ways than one, leaving those that want to survive no choice but to break the rules. 

Raine and Ash are the main characters and they grab the readers’ attention from the moment they are introduced.  Raine has a special connection to planets that lands him in prison.  The scenes that take place there are intense and may be uncomfortable for some readers.  While there, Raine is given to The Beast.  Ash is a shifter that has been betrayed by someone close to him.  Landing in The City’s prison, he has no memory of who or what he is.  When Raine tries to find out The Beast’s name,  the scene will remind many of Jane and Tarzan’s first meeting.  There is a strong connection between the two, which the author does a great job of showing to the readers.  There is plenty of action as the men try to find their way to freedom, as well as find the person responsible for sending Ash to prison in the first place.  While at times, it may seem as if there are more lows in the story than highs, the problems Ash and Raine face are necessary to further the story.  I loved the epilogue, as it does a wonderful job wrapping up the story between Raine and Ash without giving anything away on the upcoming sequel. 

Nature of the Beast is an entertaining story and one that should not be missed.

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