The Shifter turned out to be nothing like what I was expecting. I didn’t not enjoy it yet I was never completely excited to pick it up and keep reading. I felt like instead of reading a YA I was reading a young teen book. Maybe that was because all the characters were really young, but it had a vibe like it was trying to be more then it was. I don’t want you to get the wrong impression it wasn’t bad it just wasn’t completely engaging (at least to me).
The world building was pretty good. It read like maybe Geveg Isles was based off some old European city. I liked that the book was set in the middle of a war with the mysterious Duke (whom you never meet in this book), and that majority of all the characters are dealing with the repercussions of war: starvation, desperations, poverty, corrupt governments, oppression.
The main characters having to go through these horrible things made them stronger and more determined. Nya, has an amazing ability to absorb others injuries with her touch the only downside is the only way she can get rid of the injury from herself afterwards is to push it into someone else. This is a completely unique talent in her world were healers are plentiful, but can just dump their healed injuries into a type of metal called pynvium. At times I really liked Nya, she will do whatever is necessary to keep the people she cares about alive, including doing terrible things that went against her conscience. Reading the parts were Nya was battling with herself as to whether she could go through with what had to be done was really interesting. I don’t know if I personally would have made the same decisions if in that situation but the way she processes them all was really very well written.
Even though a lot did happen in this book I feel like a lot of it was maybe unnecessary and repetitive. I probably won’t read the sequels.