This third book in Rachel Vincent’s Shifter series picks up two months from where Rogue left off. Faythe Sanders finds herself on trial for turning her ex-boyfriend Andrew into a werewolf, and then later killing him. Situated in a neutral territory, she now tries to convince the three members of the tribunal that turning Andrew was an accident as she’d only partially shifted (something no other were has ever done) and didn’t realize it, and she killed him in self defense.
Since Tabbies (female werewolves) are so rare and valuable, Faythe fears only losing her position as an enforcer, and being temporarily caged if found guilty. Worse case scenario would mean being declawed. But Faythe’s past insistence on never wanting to marry and have children means her usefulness as a Tabby is negated and she’s stunned to learn the tribunal may be seeking the death penalty. Now she really regrets not accepting Marc’s proposal from a few months before.
Before her verdict and sentence can be reached, several new problems arise when two humans turn up missing and several strays are found in the area. When one of the strays is captured and revealed to be a traumatized young female, all sorts of speculation about her origins and future benefits to the Pride arises. Faythe is the only one able to get through to the young girl, but her actions jeopardize her lover Marc.
Pride is an emotional and exhilarating addition to the sensational series. Faythe is a young, yet strong character who is still trying to learn to control her impulses, though her mouth still tends to rule her head. Fans will be left anxiously awaiting Prey, the next installment to this series, and thankfully there will be two releases this year.