Last year I had the privilege of reading a review copy of Exiled, by M.R. Merrick, and with it’s beautiful characterization and fast paced, action packed suspense, I was hooked. I absolutely loved Exiled, and have been on pins and needles awaiting the announcement of the sequel, Shift, ever since. So, I am extremely excited to inform you that the cover of Shift has just been released, with the novel to follow shortly (FEB 1, 2012) and… if you’re anything like me, you’re going to absolutely love it! I’m putting it next to the cover of Exiled so you can see just how amazing both covers are and, rest assured, the story inside them is just as epic! So, without further ado, I give you the covers and the synopsis for each (spoilers ensue with Shift).
Exiled Synopsis: Chase Williams is a demon hunter in the Circle, or at least he was supposed to be. On his fifteenth birthday, Chase stepped up to the altar to claim his elemental power, but it never came. Elemental magic is passed down to a hunter through the bloodline, but on Chase’s birthday, the bloodline stopped.
Exiled without the Circle’s protection, Chase has spent two years trying to survive a world riddled with half-demons and magic. When he has a run in with a frightened and seemingly innocent demon, he learns the Circle’s agenda has changed: the Circle plans to unlock a portal and unleash pure-blood demons into the world. Vowing to stop them, and knowing he can’t do it alone, Chase forms a reluctant alliance with Rayna — a sexy witch with an attitude and a secret.
In their attempt to stop them, Chase and Rayna find themselves in the middle of the Circle’s plan, leaving one of them to decide what their friendship is worth, and the other’s life depending on it. To read my review of this awesome novel, click HERE.
SPOILER ALERT… READ AT YOUR OWN RISK:
Shift Synopsis: Devastated by the loss of his mother, Chase is trying to balance the life he’s been left with, a family he’s still getting to know, and power he never thought he’d have. He doesn’t understand why the Goddess has named him the Protector and granted him two gifts: the Mark, a tattoo that now covers his back, and the ring. But between getting interrogated by the Circle and psychic attacks from Riley, the Mark is the least of his concern. There’s a demon inside Rayna that’s fighting to be released, and it’s not her inner witch. It’ssomething else–a monster threatening to tear her apart.
As Chase struggles to control his magic, his enemies are closing in. Everyone has staked a claim on his ring, and destroying it may be his only chance to stop Riley. But Chase must decide if stopping him is worth risking the lives of everyone he cares about, or if protecting the ring will be enough to save his world.
Happy reading, everyone!