Shift is the second book in the Firstborn trilogy and will be released on the 24th of August 2012.
A shadowy male and deadly beast reside in their midst. The births of the newest Kynzesti loom. Hostile Mercesti continue to hunt for the Elder Scroll, and a traumatized female is too afraid to use her abilities to stop them.
Topping off Sophia’s stress is Quincy, the male she’s convinced can’t stand her. She rues the loss of their friendship, but can’t figure out how to move past it. She’ll soon learn, however, that mending that rift bears more significance than she ever imagined.
The search for the Elder Scroll takes on unexpected urgency, and Sophia finds herself in a race across the mainland. To stop the Mercesti led by Eirik, she and her companions must get past their differences and unite against them. If they don’t, Eirik will acquire the immense power he seeks, and two of the beings Sophia loves most will die.
Although I quite like this cover, I think it lacks something "wow". Something that would make it stand out on the shelf. It seems too simple, yet over-thought. Also, whilst it's still slightly inkeeping with Defy, (the first book in the Firstborn trilogy), I don't think that the cover of Shift is necessarily a perfect match. I would have liked to have seen a close-up (like on the cover of Defy), or even a more detailed version of the cover shown above, to add more depth and "magic" to the book jacket as well as the story inside. (Whilst reading a book I like to glance at the cover to see if it still fits the story, and if the meaning behind the cover image is revealed or changes). Having said all of the above, I would probably still buy this book from my local bookstore, as I really enjoyed Raine Thomas' writing style in all of her work that I have previously read!
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