Note: I received a free copy of this book from Online Book Club in exchange for an honest review. You can check out both the novel and other reviews here.
Before I get into the review, I want to post a trigger warning that this novella does contain a rape scene.
I honestly don’t know what to think about this book!
I have to say, when I chose to read Shifting In The Realms, I didn’t realize how short it is. It’s not a novel, but a novella. But let me tell you, a lot happens for such a short story.
The Realms refers to a parallel dimension hidden between Minneapolis and St. Paul where creatures human’s think of as only mythical roam free.
Cody is a shape shift with some monumental problems that all started when he died. He’s escaped to The Realms from the midlands between Heaven and Hell only to find his best friend is potential food for the resident vampires, his girlfriend only loves him in his wolf form and her mother…well that’s a whole other story.
It isn’t easy being Cody, but like a good wolf he’ll do what he can to protect his pack even if it kills him. Wait…he’s already dead.
I love the whole concept of shifting, which is why I chose the book. Anyone who loves fantasy will both adore and loathe this tale. They will love it because it’s quite an enjoyable story! Cody as a protagonist is amusing and a little self-deprecating (understandable, being stuck at 16 years old). Snyder did an excellent job in capturing the slight instinctual changes he undergoes when he shifts into wolf form. Not only is everything heightened, but he feels urges he does not feel as strongly as a human. A perfect example of this is when a character is making food. It takes a great deal of self restraint to be patient and refrain from whining and begging.
Snyder also introduces the reader to the world well. We get a good glimpse of what life is like as well as the different creatures that roam there. We get an idea of what the food chain is and certain rules that people in the Realms follow to stay alive. The whole story is cleverly written and just a fun read.
So why would fantasy lovers also hate this book? For one, simple reason. It’s too short! You’ll be left craving more, wanting to delve deeper into this world. You’ll want to get to know the characters better as well! I’m actually really disappointed that this is a novella rather than a novel, and I think there’s enough material here to make it a full length book. But, from what I’ve read, there are multiple little novellas in this series, written by many different authors. So maybe there is more to read!
Other than the length, I found very few typos, simple things that could have been fixed with a slightly keener eye. Overall, I rate this book 4/5 stars. A fun and easy read, but one that’s too short for my liking, and too short to give an honest 5 star rating. I would recommend this novella to anyone looking for something short and sweet, and any fantasy lovers out there.
You can check out what others thought of Shifting In The Realms, along with the novella itself at Online Book Club, here!