cover image Changeling Dawn

Changeling Dawn

Dani Harper. Kensington/Brava, $14 trade paper (368p) ISBN 978-0-7582-6518-0

After two strong entries in her Changeling series (Changeling Moon, Changeling Dream), Harper falters with the third. In order for archeologist and Changeling Mackenzie Macleod and human game warden Josh Talarkoteen to have their happily-ever-after, he must cope with PTSD while she overcomes more than 100 years of fearing and distrusting humankind. On her Alaskan wilderness dig site, she discovers Anya, a young Changeling whose parents were killed by men in ATVs; soon the men return to threaten both Anya and Kenzie. Harper continues to write evocatively about living as a human/wolf shape-shifter, and the young Changeling adds a layer of depth to the story while forcing Kenzie out of her solitary existence. Unfortunately, the attractive, empathetic leads and compelling secondaries are ill served by the increasingly overused story of dastardly organizations who would abuse the paranormal for personal gain. Agent: FinePrint Literary Management. (Jan.)