by Rachel Vincent
STOP RIGHT HERE if you haven't read the first five books in this series! Seriously, go out and buy them. They're awesome.
YOU'VE GOT TO HAVE FAYTHE...
The unscrupulous new Council chair has charged Jace, Marc and me with trespassing, kidnapping, murder, and treason. Yeah, we've been busy. But now it's time to take justice into our own hands. We must avenge my brother's death and carve out the rot at the heart of the Council.
it's not going to be easy, and loss seems unavoidable, but I have promised to protect my Pride, no matter what. With a target on my back and Marc at my side, I'm heading for a final showdown that can - and will - change everything forever. A showdown I'm not sure I'm ready for.
But life never waits until you're ready.
Grab a box of tissues before you sit down to read Alpha, folks. This one's a doozy.
If you've followed the Shifter series this far, then you know Faythe. You know she's brash, impulsive, impossible to put up with, and utterly true to herself and her ideals. You also know everything she's been through in the last year - attacks, murder charges, kidnapping, attempted rape, a run-in with the Thunderbirds, etc. All of that comes to a head in Alpha.
Colin Dean is gunning for her - dead or alive, he doesn't really care. And Calvin Malone wants her to give up and lay down so he can use her for his own political gain. Faythe, Marc, and Jace stand in the way of his plan for consolidated power and racial purity. After Malone locks them up on trumped-up charges, Faythe knows that she's going to have to man up to get them out of there alive.
Alpha was easily one of my most anticipated releases of 2010. I read books one through four last fall, then Shift as soon as it came out in February. Alpha's release date just couldn't come soon enough. The end of a series is always a bittersweet moment, but I knew Vincent wouldn't let us down with a cop-out ending. I can't imagine a better ending for Faythe and the Pride.
Alpha is the final book in the Shifters series, but you can get more Rachel Vincent by reading her young adult series, called Soul Screamers. You can also find her short stories in these anthologies: Immortal, Kiss Me Deadly, The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance, and The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance 2. She also has a new adult series that will debut next year.