Book 1 of The Stonetree Trilogy
Gaia save the Queen…
Emma Stonetree’s father is missing. Worse yet, her uncle’s gone too, leaving her and her two cousins, Jasper and Jade, floundering for an explanation.
All Emma can think of are their fathers’ stories—tall tales of magic, mystery, and a whole host of shifter races. Stories she might not have believed, if not for her own research into the matter—research that hardly prepares her for the trials of magic she and her cousins will endure as they set off that Midwinter’s night to discover their roots.
Nor does it prepare her for what she finds on the other side of the mystical portal her father disappeared into: the ursa, a fertility-focused race of bear shifters, with customs that defy her human sensibilities. Except she swiftly learns she isn’t really human either, and once inside the ursa Sanctuary, she is just as bound by their laws as the earth is bound by the seasons.
Emma must make a choice: accept her legacy as the heir to the ursa matriarchy, accept the love she finds with a pair of fertile ursa males, or reject her passion and retreat to her safe, mundane life, never to return to the realm she was meant to inherit—and the men that come as a package deal.
Actually 3 1/2 stars.
Loved it. Great storyline, easy to follow, Loved!!!
I really enjoyed the story. The story was well written.
This had a great premise... but between shifting desires (do you want to find dragons or do you want to survive bears? Are you interested in your same sex coworker or the manage bear boys who are saving your life? Is it important to return to research, or to become a bear Queen and participate in an arranged marriage?) and a lack of direction regarding other participants in the series (are we worried about your brothers? Your mother?), even the smexy scenes were unfulfilling. Hard to know whom or what to root for. I might check out more recent titles by this author to see if maturation makes a difference, but "Clawed" just... lacked direction.