My Rating: 3.5/5
Author: Terry Persun
“This is book one in the series: After the Doublesight Wars, dangerous and mean-spirited shape shifters were killed off, causing other doublesight to hide their gifts, congregate into their own villages or clans, and avoid most humans. Zimp and Zora are the twin granddaughters of the crow clan’s sage. The reticent Zimp is relieved that she has not been chosen to take her grandmother’s position, but after Zora is murdered after an attack on the clan, Zimp is forced into her obligations. Rumors, stemming from Castle Weilk, suggest that dangerous throwbacks have been born–gryphons, harpys, dragons–and, once again the humans decide to hunt them down. Fear leads to mistrust, and mistrust to murder, all seemingly. The doubesight council assembles to assess the situation and sends five doublesight to investigate the rumors, placing Zimp in charge of four men. Struggling with her own intuitive abilities, and trying to hold a stable position as leader, Zimp finds herself in the center of a changing world and must decide on her real place within it.”
Doublesight is a fantasy novel that centers on shifters (doublesights). The book takes the reader on an adventure to discover answers against threats and a possible war against the different clans—including humans (singlesights). This is the first book of a series.
The story is written in third person that follows a number of characters. One main character is Zimp, who loses her twin sister (Zora) at the beginning of the story. Zimp doesn’t believe she is as good as her sister with leading and is hesitant about assuming her new role as a leader. Zimp doesn’t get much choice when she becomes the leader of a small mixed group of doublesights who must find out what is happening to other doublesight clans. The characters are multi-dimensional—having both strengths and weaknesses. Because of the shifts in the narratives, the reader gets a rounded picture of the characters. However, having so many viewpoints can be a little cumbersome.
The beginning of the story allows the readers to see the struggles and tragedy that is affecting the doublesight clans. Each suffer losses and are thrown together to find out what they should do about things. History of prior wars and fighting plague the minds of each clan. Trust becomes a major issue throughout the book. The doublesights must work with each other but their natural predator and prey instincts create a weak bond that will need to be overcome—not to mention the inner turmoil a doublesight experiences when in their human or beast form. The later part of the book picked up for me when there was more action. The beginning was background and at some parts I grew tired about the different viewpoints of mistrust among the small doublesight group set out on a mission. (Don’t worry there are still fight scenes in the beginning.) The ending leaves the readers wondering what will happen in the next book. I would have preferred a little more ending (down time) and connecting a few more loose ends before ending this book.
The Bottom Line:
Overall, it was a good read. If you like to read about shifters and fantasy worlds, you should give this book a try.