Second Nature by JaeSecond Nature by Jae

Second Nature


Paperback | July 25, 2013

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Title:Second NatureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1.11 inPublished:July 25, 2013Publisher:Ylva Verlag e.Kfr.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:3955330303

ISBN - 13:9783955330309

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Politics, prejudice, and shape-shifters, oh my! I’m new to reading paranormal fiction so it took me a few chapters to sort out the characters and their relationships/allegiances between the human and shape-shifting races but despite that the story had me curious and quickly invested. There’s plenty of politicking and prejudice that has resonance in the current day climate even though the book was published several years ago. Using a non-human race to comment on and highlight the hypocrisy in human nature is brilliant and thought provoking. The action scenes in the story are often intense to the point where I’d not realize I had tensed up reading them until after the scene had ended; it’s a more usual reaction to watching a movie or tv show having that kind of visceral involvement in a story. Jae is very good at being evocative in her writing and in depicting human behavior in her characters, here and in her other books. In Second Nature, she does the same with the shape-shifters, their behavior and emotions clearly thought out and I’d suspect extensive research and observation was done on animal behavior for all this to end up ringing true and sounding so plausible in the reading. They do sound like a race who could walk among us in real life. I may never look at animals the same way again, particularly domesticated ones! The relationships within and between the races are the core of the book with a layer of mystery/intrigue and a story within a story element that makes the book that much more fun to read; the intense action scenes are offset by lighter moments and dialogue that had me snickering frequently. The book is a feast for the senses and the commentary on human behavior is food for thought. Expect to be entertained in this book as with her other books; Jae is an amazing storyteller and shows here in this paranormal series that her talent for telling a great story you can get lost in for hours or days at a time is not limited by genre. I look forward to reading more of her works in the future, in this genre and in others.
Date published: 2018-03-10