The Jaguar King by Anna McIlwraith

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Title: The Jaguar King

Author: Anna McIlwraith

Series: Caller of the Blood

Book: #1

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Shapeshifters

Published: 28th November 2015

Goodreads Rating: 3.97

My Rating: 4/5

Magic is real? Big deal. Bills still gotta be paid.

Especially when you’re heading into vet med. Emma Chase is nothing special – if anything, with a roomie who turns into a jaguar on a regular basis, she’s the sidekick, not the heroine. Her superpowers have more to do with acing her finals and overworking herself. Knowing her best friend’s secret makes it easier to justify her own inclination to keep people at a distance, but it doesn’t change her life.
Until others like him show up on her doorstep, convinced she’s the fated saviour of their race, telling her she’s destined to command the magic of – well, Emma doesn’t quite catch that part, she’s too busy getting her ass the hell out of there.
What she does know? The Jaguar King is after her, his rivals want her dead, and she doesn’t have to believe in prophecy to believe they’ll stop at nothing to catch her.
Violence. Magic. Inappropriate humour. Step into a world of wonder and savagery in a gritty urban fantasy with an unlikely heroine, sizzling heroes, and complicated villains. The Jaguar King is a full-length read and the first in a series, and all the books have satisfying resolutions as well as a series-spanning story arc. Definitely no cliff-hangers – just bad-ass shifters with one goal: claim the prize. Claim the Caller of the Blood.

First Sentences

Night rolled over the city like smoke, and to Beata Salcedo, the air seemed to burn with the restless taste of prophecy.

My Thoughts

Emma Chase is just a normal girl who’s studying to become a vet and interning at the local vet’s office. Her roomie, Ricky turns into a Jaguar regularly but that’s just all part of her life. Until Ricky’s brother turns up on her doorstep telling her that she needs to run from her current life as the Jaguar King is after her and his rivals want her dead. But on top of it all the shapeshifter community thinks that she’s the prophecised fated one and that she’s destined to command the magic.

From then on Emma’s on the run from the Jaguar King and other’s that she doesn’t even know about. Even though she doesn’t quite believe in the prophecy but that didn’t stop people from coming after her.

I was introduced to this book by a friend of mine. I do love a good supernatural book. I really enjoyed read this, I loved Emma, she was funny, brave and she stands up for herself. I do love a strong female lead, even though she doesn’t always understand what’s going on around them but she tries her best to solve her own problems.

This book is a little different from the usual supernatural shapeshifter books that I’ve read. It mostly surrounds the Jaguar kingdom which is quite different from the usual wolf, lion and dragon shifter novels. There’s a lot of mysteries surrounding each of the characters where it compels you to read further and when the time comes the author explains. You feel like you’re learning about the new world through/with Emma which is a really interesting and exciting journey. Not only has that but the first book used very different animals as her characters. Very different from the usual animals used. Of course, as the series goes on the usual dominating animals come out to play as well but not in the beginning.

I really enjoyed the plot line that the author has planned out. It was a little slow to start out but once you get into it it’s a really fantastic story. Emma’s character was brilliantly compiled, she’d just make you laugh at the most serious times.

I fell in love with each of the characters differently whether they were good or bad. There wasn’t a cliff-hanger at the end but it was completely open for another book which was well done. I cannot wait to continue on with this series and see what other trouble Emma gets into.

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