Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Though J.T. Geissinger’s Edge of Oblivion is the second title in her Night Prowler series, readers who don’t want to commit to yet another multi-book series will be pleased to know that it can stand quite well on its own. I’m the type of reader who needs to start at the very first book, so I did read her debut, Shadow’s Edge.

Edge of Oblivion takes place a short time after the events in Shadow’s Edge, putting Morgan Montgomery, a panther Shapeshifter and traitor to her people, in the main character position. Morgan’s story line was set up nicely in Shadow’s Edge, and I found her to be a much more interesting character than the new Ikati Queen, Jenna Moore.

Morgan is fiery and passionate; her disdain for the lifestyle of a female Ikati led her to make a decision that will result in her death by the hands of a trained assassin. There is a glimmer of hope for Morgan if she can find the headquarters of the Expurgari in Rome. Accompanying her to the wondrous city is Xander, her would-be executioner. Morgan has two weeks to locate her people’s enemies; if she fails, Xander will end her life.

Once they arrive in Rome, Morgan wonders if there is a way for her to disappear into the streets for good. Her attraction to Xander keeps her grounded, however, and the two begin to work together to find the Expurgari. Meanwhile, Xander is feeling conflicted about his assignment because he is falling hard for Morgan. The heat between the two can no longer be ignored when Morgan is taken over by the mating Fever; Xander has exactly what she wants and needs.

Edge of Oblivion is not just another romance novel; yes, there are some very steamy scenes between two different couples in this book, but what actually kept me reading was the world-building, the fascinating origins of the Ikati society, and the historical details. Geissinger is a talented author, and her books rank high for me in the various shifter-type series that I have read.

As much as I enjoyed Edge of Oblivion, the focus was taken away from Xander and Morgan once the second set of shifters was introduced. While they were important to the plot of Edge of Oblivion, I felt that certain scenes and interactions between Eliana and Demetrius should have been saved for Rapture’s Edge, the third book in the Night Prowler series. I missed both Morgan and Xander when they were off page, and impatiently kept reading so I could get back to them.

J.T. Geissinger’s book will appeal most to fans of Rachel Vincent, Kelley Armstrong, Jennifer Ashley, and Patricia Briggs, all of whom have written very successful and well loved books centered around individuals who shift from human to animal.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Wunderkind PR. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.