The Turning Season

The Turning Season✪ The Turning Season pdf ✩ Author Sharon Shinn – Bluevapours.co.uk Trust her old friends or her new love Karadel could never escape being a shapeshifter Despite her safe comfortable life as a rural vet with close shifter and human friends, she wants to be normal, wor Trust her old friends or her new love Karadel could never escape being a shapeshifter Despite her safe comfortable life as a rural vet with close shifter and human friends, she wants to be normal, working on a drug for shifters to be human Then she meets a man who touches her heart, and her best The Turning PDF/EPUB ² friend is forced to shift publicly with deadly consequences.

I ve been writing stories and poems since I was eight years old My first poem was about Halloween What is tonight What is tonight Try to guess and you ll guess right Perhaps this inauspicious beginning explains why it took me till I was in my thirties to sell a novel It occurred to me The Turning PDF/EPUB ² early on that it might take some time and a lot of tries before I was able to publish any of my creative writing, so I pursued a degree in journalism at Northwestern University so I d be able to support myself while I figured out how to write fictionI ve spent most of my journalism career at three trade and association magazines The Professional Photographer which, as you might guess, went to studio and industrial photographers , DECOR which went to frame shop and art gallery owners , and BizEd which is directed at deans and professors at business schools My longest stint, seventeen years, was at DECOR Many people don t know this, but I m a CPF Certified Picture Framer , having passed a very long, technical test to prove I understood the tenets of conservation framing Now I write about management education and interview some really cool, really smart people from all over the worldI mostly write my fiction in the evenings and on weekends It requires a pretty obsessive compulsive personality to be as prolific as I ve been in the past ten years and hold down a full time job But I do manage to tear myself away from the computer now and then to do something fun I read as often as I can, across all genres, though I m most often holding a book that s fantasy or romance, with the occasional western thrown in I m a fan of Cardinals baseball and try to be at the ballpark on opening day If I had the time, I d see a movie every day of my life I love certain TV shows so much that knowing a new episode is going to air that night will make me happy all day I m a huge Joss Whedon fan, but in the past I ve given my heart to shows all over the map in terms of quality Knight Rider, Remington Steele, Blake s , Moonlighting, The Young Riders, Cheers, Hill Street Blues, X Files, Lost, Battlestar Galactica you can probably fill in the gaps And let s not forget my very first loves, The Partridge Family, Here Come the Brides and Alias Smith Jones I don t have kids, I don t want pets, and all my plants die, so I m really only forced to provide ongoing care for my menagerie of stuffed animals All my friends are animal lovers, though, and someone once theorized that I keep friends as pets I m still trying to decide if that s true.

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  • 352 pages
  • The Turning Season
  • Sharon Shinn
  • English
  • 07 January 2019

10 thoughts on “The Turning Season

  1. Olga Godim says:

    I liked this quiet and gentle novel, like everything else by this writer She is one of my favorites across the genres Her unique, dainty blend of fantasy and romance always combines several important themes, as does this novel On the surface, it is a love story of Karadel She is a twenty something shape shifter, living in the modern US, working as a vet Unlike many current literary shape shifters Patricia Briggs comes to mind , in Sharon Shinn s world, Karadel and her brethren can t always I liked this quiet and gentle novel, like everything else by this writer She is one of my favorites across the genres Her unique, dainty blend of fantasy and romance always combines several important themes, as does this novel On the surface, it is a love story of Karadel She is a twenty something shape shifter, living in the modern US, working as a vet Unlike many current literary shape shifters Patricia Briggs comes to mind , in Sharon Shinn s world, Karadel and her brethren can t always command when they shift and into what They live among humans in secret, always dreading the day when their secret might escape While gay people and other minorities embrace their differences and struggle to live openly, at least in a civilized society, most of Karadel s shifter friends don t want to come out of the closet They are terrified of consequences What would happen, if their secret is revealed Maybe witch hunts Maybe secret government laboratories Neither possibility is pretty For some of Karadel s friends, the shifts are easier they only shift into one animal every few days For others, including Karadel, it s harder she doesn t know what shape she would take in any given shift and when it s going to occur In her life, she has been, at one point or another, everything from a butterfly to an elephant She hates her condition If she had a choice, she would ve opted to be normal As she doesn t, she is working on a serum to be able to control her shifts, but her work doesn t go too smoothly.Besides, other complications arise in her life, as the story progresses The man she is falling in love with is fully human Could she trust him with her secret identity Would he betray her Would he accept her animal alter ego What if she turns into a rat one day Or a giraffe Karadel s love story is intertwined with a muchpoignant topic being different, living a life unlike those of the majority More than anything else, Karadel wants to blend in, not to attract attention She tries very hard to seem human Unfortunately, her differences are too deep for her to pretend successfully Sometimes, when the shift hits her, she hardly has time to hide I hate it I burst out I hate being different and strange I hate the fact that my body is completely out of my control, that these transformations will take me over whenever they want to, and I can t guess when and I can t stop them I hate living in fear I hate lying to everyone I know I want to be normal and ordinary I understand her and sympathize with her Being different is no fun I have Asperger Syndrome, and although my condition doesn t threaten me with a witch hunt, it affects my entire life from job interviews to my relationship with my children I hate it I want to be normal too, I try to pretend, just like Karadel, but like her, I can t So we both muddle through the best we can Not every shape shifter feels this way though One of Karadel s friends feel differently why should he hide and pretend Why shouldn t he rejoice in what he is it s not his fault after all If any human abuses him or his shifter friends, shouldn t shape shifters fight back, punish the offender If they can t rely on the government protection and they can t the government doesn t know about them shouldn t someone else represent the shape shifters This theme, throbbing through the story, is evencomplex Who has the right to punish To kill A soldier is sanctioned to kill by his government A policeman by the society What about the shape shifters society Shouldn t they have their own appointed individuals with a license to kill The people who populate Shinn s novel are ambivalent on the subject, but I couldn t help to notice that most of those who insist that the government sanctioned death is the only permissible kind are human One of them said If Ryan can decide Bobby deserves to die, why couldn t Bobby s brother decide you should die If vengeance is always an acceptable motive for murder, all of us will be gunned down at some point And if we give the individual the power to make those life and death decisions if the single armed vigilante can take it upon himself to rid the town of monsters how can we make sure the individual correctly identifies the monsters Some people would call you a monster So does that give them a right to shoot you on sight The one who said the above words is human and a friend to shifters In theory, she is right In practice, I don t know if I agree When it touches me and mine, the situation often changes its slant I m Jewish, and in some periods in my people s history, intrepid vigilantes were the only form of protection we had Could I condemn those who stand for the rights of shape shifters in Shinn s novel I m not sure Karadel herself is on the fence too I let out a long sigh of surrender I m not happy about it but I simply don t know what else to do The world has gotten very murky since I started accumulating moral dilemmas Yes, moral dilemmas are not for the faint of heart The author presents us with controversial questions but she doesn t supply the answers It s for the readers to decide for themselves The characters in this book are alive and contradictory, just like in real life Shinn is a master of characterization, and every time I read her books, I identify with her heroes I like them I mistrust them I understand them In any case, I believe in her stories If she says that shape shifters are real, maybe they are Her language is beautiful and simple Her plot moves slower than most others in the genre, but I like the low key, intimate quality of her writing Even her present tense, first person POV doesn t irritate me, even though it s not my favorite writing approach.On the whole, I enjoyed this lovely book a great deal I wish all my friends would read Sharon Shinn.Beautiful cover too

  2. Darcy says:

    This one sort of surprised me, it s tone was very melancholy Most of the characters are struggling with being a shifter, they hate that side of their lives, want to be normal All of them end up taking a journey as the book progresses, one that makes them think, one that forces them to confront some big ideas of what is right and what is wrong And not only is there right or wrong, but there are degrees within that I did love how certain people embraced the shifters and went with them on the j This one sort of surprised me, it s tone was very melancholy Most of the characters are struggling with being a shifter, they hate that side of their lives, want to be normal All of them end up taking a journey as the book progresses, one that makes them think, one that forces them to confront some big ideas of what is right and what is wrong And not only is there right or wrong, but there are degrees within that I did love how certain people embraced the shifters and went with them on the journey Gave them a place where they were accepted.The last big revelations at the end could bring about some big changes in everyone s world, but I think they will be good ones

  3. Sera Lewis says:

    I love this series so much This third installment is less artful than the first two, but no less engaging I m hoping that this trilogy turns into a longer set The first two books were about different kinds of love, and this one is, also but it s about loving friendship and the limits of that love maybe a little less interesting to us as a culture than romantic or familial love Same great setting world and reappearances from some familiar characters Definitely a recommended read, partic I love this series so much This third installment is less artful than the first two, but no less engaging I m hoping that this trilogy turns into a longer set The first two books were about different kinds of love, and this one is, also but it s about loving friendship and the limits of that love maybe a little less interesting to us as a culture than romantic or familial love Same great setting world and reappearances from some familiar characters Definitely a recommended read, particularly if you ve enjoyed the first two

  4. Darlene says:

    I really enjoyed this, and it s my favorite so far of the Shifting Circle novels The reason I liked it so much is Joe I mean, how can you get aordinary hero name than Joe And he is ordinary, and yet, exactly the kind of hero you want to marry He s a keeper Not uber handsome he s described as having a round, baby face and has to work at keeping the weight off now that he s no longer 20 Joe s an ex cop and has that old fashioned quality where he d be described as a mensch , a I really enjoyed this, and it s my favorite so far of the Shifting Circle novels The reason I liked it so much is Joe I mean, how can you get aordinary hero name than Joe And he is ordinary, and yet, exactly the kind of hero you want to marry He s a keeper Not uber handsome he s described as having a round, baby face and has to work at keeping the weight off now that he s no longer 20 Joe s an ex cop and has that old fashioned quality where he d be described as a mensch , a man you can count on to do the right thing, to help out, to stand by you Not a billionaire Dom, not a SEAL, just a good guy.Can you tell I m half in love with him myself Oh yeah, and Joe s completely human But Karadel is not She s a shifter trying to get her animal self under control, or at least to settle on one animal, preferably a housecat She s shifted into being an elephant and a giraffe in the past, and can t control when her change will happen.And you thought you had a complicated love life Karadel works as a veterinarian, though she s not really a doctor The shifter community in their small Illinois town depends on her and she s experimenting with different medical formulas to help them But when a shifter changes into a bobcat in public to fend off a rapist, Karadel fears the entire shifter community is threatened At apersonal level, she has no idea how Joe will respond when he learns of her secret life.If you re new to the series, I recommend starting with 1 as characters are introduced and grow into their own stories in later books However, you could read The Turning Season on its own and enjoy it as a fantasy and as a gentle romance

  5. ReadBecca says:

    Karadel is a rural vet who also rescues animals in her barn Her best friends are a multi racial citydwelling writer editor who will drop everything for her, an opposites attract lesbian couple with a teenage foster son recovering from an abusive background who also loves to help with the animals, and an it s complicated friend ex Several of them are also shapeshifters, including Kara herself, and she has been trying to come up with a treatment to delay or control their often unpredictable sh Karadel is a rural vet who also rescues animals in her barn Her best friends are a multi racial citydwelling writer editor who will drop everything for her, an opposites attract lesbian couple with a teenage foster son recovering from an abusive background who also loves to help with the animals, and an it s complicated friend ex Several of them are also shapeshifters, including Kara herself, and she has been trying to come up with a treatment to delay or control their often unpredictable shifts Though it s had some success, lately everyone s shifting cycles seem to be going haywire This was totally my sort of thing at the exact right mood for reading it,very relaxed slice of life, I enjoyed the heck out of it I most appreciated how the characters feel very rich and lived in , and the prose is very good without being flowery There are some drama moments primarily around a sexual assault and a murder though it s not a mystery noir as far as I m concerned, overwhelmingly this is about how the lives of shifters are chaotic and this found family support one another through their individual chaos The only thing I m on the fence about is the sexual assault, It s not graphic and seems well handled over all, view spoiler but it does serve as a catalyst to male revenge At the present I feel like this also does well in turning that trope over a bit, not ever having that male perspective be primary, and having the friends come out in the painful situation of both caring for their friend but conflicted or outright disapproving of his actions hide spoiler It definitely treated the situation with some realistic nuance I d say 4.5 stars for now, I ll have to think on whether it s a round up vs round down, given how much I just enjoyed and was immersed in the book

  6. ♆ BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme says:

    Karadel is a vet who connects well with her animals Why Because she s shifted into their forms at one point or another The third book in this series can be read as a standalone Karadel aka Kara lives alone far away from everyone else She lives in the countryside in Illinois because she shifts erratically and she never knows what animal she will shift into She s a shifter through her parents bloodlines.This world of shifters created by Ms Shinn is bleak Shifters don t last long in this w Karadel is a vet who connects well with her animals Why Because she s shifted into their forms at one point or another The third book in this series can be read as a standalone Karadel aka Kara lives alone far away from everyone else She lives in the countryside in Illinois because she shifts erratically and she never knows what animal she will shift into She s a shifter through her parents bloodlines.This world of shifters created by Ms Shinn is bleak Shifters don t last long in this world They die not because they are hunted Not because they fight with each other, but because their body just can t take the stress of it all and it gives out This interpretation of shifters actually makessense than the romantic mythology of living a long life and super healing This story isthan just about Kara finding a lover and helping friends in need It s about acceptance This is what I like about Ms Shinn s stories For the most part, they are brutal reminders that people who are different don t fit in And many times, people who are different just want to be normal They want to be ordinary and have a life like everyone else This is clearly shone through the eyes of Kara who hates herself to some extend.This is sad because Kara can t accept her unique ability and wants to exterminate it Based on her life experiences, it is perfectly understandable Then Ms Shinn does something sneaky She always hooks me this way and rips out my heart before I know what s happening She does it in two folds She does it through her dialog and the relationship she builds between the characters and the characters to the readers.Kara isn t a superhero She s not a kick ass heroine In fact, she s a wallflower for the most part and identifies as a Country Mouse Her fears are real Her wants are so simple yet unobtainable for her She s the kind of friend who will be loyal and help when things get bad So when a new man comes into her life, she s wary Joe s been knocked a few times in a hard manner and yet he still manages to show Kara something she never thought of Something occurs to him he sets the beer down and leans forward So you resent all the time you spend in animal shape, he Joe says I do Kara But maybe you re thinking about it the wrong way What if you were born to be an animal What if that was your natural state And all the time you re human that s the special time That s the gift This right here is what kills me about Ms Shinn and why I come back to her over and over again Her ability to make a huge paradigm shift in a succinct and elegant manner This out of the box thinking is what really impresses me There are several other instances where Ms Shinn s observations on human nature comes through in her character s voices The one which felt like a brutal thrust into the heart nearly brought me to tears On Joe explaining how his marriage fell apart it s better read than explainedI just made her miserable I remember coming home one day, a little earlier than she expected She had some music on and she was dancing across the living room, laughing and shaking her butt She saw me and all the joy went out of her face I said, Hey, I like to dance Let s put on somealbums but she just shook her head and turned off the stereo I think that s when I knew we d gone too far down that road to ever get back p 183 This vivid imagery just eviscerates me When a person loves another one so much and wants to share in their joy only to find out their mere existence makes the one they love drain of joy, how does this not hurt Ms Shinn s gift of being able to paint a picture so clearly on how two people are no longer in love is demonstrated over and over again in many of her books This one is no different and each time, it catches me off guard.This urban fantasy is for those who enjoy stories where love does not always triumph Those who like their fiction mixed with reality

  7. new_user says:

    Sharon Shinn s usual beautiful style mixing observations of humanity and a character drama The romance is a little less romanticized and a littlepragmatic sweet in this, where love isn t blind but thinking But the characters were so well developed and human, given that it wasn t literary fic or contemporary romance By the end, we understand very well and even sympathize with the villain Rarely see this in romance, where the antagonist is expected to be unambiguous I really like that Sharon Shinn s usual beautiful style mixing observations of humanity and a character drama The romance is a little less romanticized and a littlepragmatic sweet in this, where love isn t blind but thinking But the characters were so well developed and human, given that it wasn t literary fic or contemporary romance By the end, we understand very well and even sympathize with the villain Rarely see this in romance, where the antagonist is expected to be unambiguous I really like that Shinn writes complicated relationships too in way that isn t love triangle Definitely read if you likesubdued paranormal romance with some observations on human nature, complicated relationships, and a woman who chooses love rather than it choosing her No need to read previous books In fact, the first wasn t nearly as good as this one

  8. Aphelia says:

    Although the three books in the Shifting Circle trilogy are loosely linked, I highly recommend reading all three, as each builds upon the story in the other.Book 1 The Shape of Desire my review Book 2 Still Life with Shape Shifter my review This book feels a little unfinished to me, and I would have liked to spendtime with the characters Although not as affecting as the last book, it s an interesting read, and I m very glad that I bought the trilogy for my Someday Library We follow Ja Although the three books in the Shifting Circle trilogy are loosely linked, I highly recommend reading all three, as each builds upon the story in the other.Book 1 The Shape of Desire my review Book 2 Still Life with Shape Shifter my review This book feels a little unfinished to me, and I would have liked to spendtime with the characters Although not as affecting as the last book, it s an interesting read, and I m very glad that I bought the trilogy for my Someday Library We follow Janet s teenage research assistant now grown up, the wonderfully named Karadel a combination of her two grandmothers names, Karen and Adele, according to page 41 She is now running the vet practice shape shifter s sanctuary in Janet s place Karadel is a shape shifter herself, with highly unpredictable transformations she once turned into an elephant that she absolutely hates.So she is experimenting with blood transfusions from other shifters who have abilities she admires, attempting to changeregularly, spend less time in another form, and choose the form she shifts into preferably the beautiful marmalade cat shown in the lovely cover art.Although Karadel enjoys her work, tending to regular pets and sheltering shape shifters in need of medical attention and help, and has a small circle of good friends who know about her true nature, she is lonely She s not quite over her ex boyfriend, a charismatic shifter named Ryan, when she starts to fall hard for a human ex cop named Joe.But her life turns upside down in a single night When her best friend Celeste is nearly raped outside the bar where Joe is a bouncer and turns into her bobcat form to defend herself, it isn t long before Joe starts asking questions Although she escaped and laughed off her attacker s story as drunk fantasy, Celeste is badly beaten in retaliation and Ryan takes drastic action to avenge her.At the heart of the story is an ethical dilemma Does the special nature of a shape shifter put it outside of human laws Who will protect them if they don t protect themselves And is keeping their nature secret worth any cost Complicating matters is the fact that Karadel s close friends, human couple Aurelia and Bonnie, have taken in a teenaged shifter ward named Alonso Alonso was horribly abused by his father, who kept him imprisoned and tried to torture the second nature out of his son and Ryan was the one to rescue Alonso And Ryan has saved other shifters as well, acting when others would not or could not Has all the good he s done been erased by his defense of Celeste, who is his best friend view spoiler There is also some ambiguity here In the first book, we are told that human blood does not transfuse well into shape shifters, having unpredictable results Christina became a murderer, we are told, because of a blood transfusion she likely received while pregnant Karadel is mixing a special serum for Ryan to help him stay in human form longer Although made from shape shifter blood, is it possible that these treatments have made him recklessly violent hide spoiler It s a tricky situation Karadel feels torn between protecting her former flame and friend, and being appalled at his actions I feel like the ethical questions which have no clear cut answer overshadowed the characters in the end, but it is refreshing to read a book that asks these kinds of questions view spoiler I was very disappointed in Alonso though he was coming into his own and sharing his opinions, but he wasn t asked and didn t offer his thoughts on whether Ryan should be punished or not Since he was the character who was most affected by Ryan s good actions, I would have thought he would have something to say about the bad ones hide spoiler We also learn a littleabout Jane and Cooper s last days, and there s a short cameo from Brody, view spoiler who comes to talk to Karadel about Janet s notebook hide spoiler The romance between Karadel and Joe is sweet but overshadowed by the drama Ends a little too abruptly, but on a hopeful note.I really hope Sharon Shinn writes in this world again sometime

  9. Lisa says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I should preface this by saying I m not very fond of this series, of all of Shinn s works The first two presented an unbelievable I will die without this man kind of love that Shinn writes very well, in general, but I couldn t appreciate this time around I think the modern setting makes itdifficult for me to suspend my disbelief This book did not have that, and for that I was truly thankful Instead of exploring world crushing romantic love, or intense, protective familial bond, this b I should preface this by saying I m not very fond of this series, of all of Shinn s works The first two presented an unbelievable I will die without this man kind of love that Shinn writes very well, in general, but I couldn t appreciate this time around I think the modern setting makes itdifficult for me to suspend my disbelief This book did not have that, and for that I was truly thankful Instead of exploring world crushing romantic love, or intense, protective familial bond, this book explored friendship and the ethics of secrecy in both friendship and legality It was melancholy and fascinating in ways the other two books of the series were not, and I thought Karadel was an interesting protagonist though she seemed wise beyond her years but at least there were reasons for her to be so within her story past Because friendship was the driving love in this story, it was much less sparky in some ways than the other two That doesn t mean it was worse just a little less engaging at times, for me I adore her characterization, as always, and I like that this book left many open stories to explore Sheriff Wilkerson, Celeste, Juliet Desi There are futures and pasts for all of them that would warrant their own story This book also better explores the danger of being a shifter, since Karadel gets to share her experiences as the narrator We re no longer on the outside looking in, so we re forced to directly think about the consequences of inopportune shifting I do like that there s no rhyme or reason to the shifting cycles that everyone is unique I hope we continue to see Karadel s experimental work if there are to be future books.I would have liked the ending to be a bit different Karadel being a passive witness to the final showdown made it feel a little bland to me, and I would ve loved to see her shifting in some form that helped resolve the conflict Karadel seems to place no value on her shifting, and while it might be too tidy and net to have her love the ability that has plagued her, it could have been interesting to see her begin to appreciate some small part of it

  10. Susan says:

    Three books into Sharon Shinn s shapeshifter series and I am meh about the whole thing While The Turning Season isn t the train wreck that the first book Shape of Desire was, it is not anywhere close to my favorite book by the author either Shinn is gifted at world building, whether it s the unique role of the angels in the Samaria series, or the gifts bestowed on the characters in Troubled Waters and its sequel Royal Airs Shinn is competent but not remarkable at characterization and dialogue Three books into Sharon Shinn s shapeshifter series and I am meh about the whole thing While The Turning Season isn t the train wreck that the first book Shape of Desire was, it is not anywhere close to my favorite book by the author either Shinn is gifted at world building, whether it s the unique role of the angels in the Samaria series, or the gifts bestowed on the characters in Troubled Waters and its sequel Royal Airs Shinn is competent but not remarkable at characterization and dialogue So I found The Turning Season to be enjoyable but slow, with very little action until the last fifty pages The heroine, Karadel, was resourceful and compassionate I liked the fact that she didn t pine away for either of the men who expressed interest in her, but I didn t believe that she felt much passion for them either As I ve noted in previous reviews of this series, I appreciate the fact that Shinn portrays shapeshifters as something besides the uber strong sexy alpha gods and goddesses that populate many romance novels These shapeshifters don t always have control over their transformations, and life for them is short and dangerous But that s not enough to hang an entire series on when the setting is so bland I hope Shinn returns to her fantasy worlds and leaves this one behind

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