Academy Obscura: The Fiery Shifter by Cassia Briar

The Culling Year - Winter Term (Academy Obscura, #2)

By: Cassia Briar
Genres: Coming of Age, Paranormal
Pages: 253
Series: Academy Obscura #2
Publisher: LLC
Published on: December 3, 2019
Academy Obscura: The Fiery Shifter by Cassia Briar

The Culling Year continues...
I'm finally enrolled in shifter classes, and would be climbing out of the Culling Club, if it weren't for my new teacher Montrell Freeman. The powerful shapeshifter may be sexy as hell, but he seems set on taking away my points at every opportunity. And I don’t know what he has against me.
While I'm trying to get out of the Culling, my witchy grandma is making the evil Tromara King an offer he can't refuse. In exchange for my life, she's willing to give him a couple of magical artifacts. What's so special about them that the King jumps at the opportunity?
Not all is well with the guys either. Liam’s father is a bully. Angel is confusing and distant. Jaxon is struggling with his role on the Council. And we’re all waiting for the trial that will determine if my abuser will go free or be fed to the cannibals.
Note: This is a steamy reverse harem romance recommended for ages 17+. It also includes adult language, violence, and triggering subject matter including suicide.

Also by this author: Academy Obscura: The Culling Year, Academy Obscura: The Searing Trials, Ignite: A Prequel Novella (Academy Obscura, #0)

I received this book for free from Author Gifted in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Update: As you see from the book cover the author is J.J. Krzemien. The author has changed their pen name to Cassia Briar and the covers have changed as well.


So I am in a group of authors in the Pacific Northwest. One of the authors asked if there were people who could beta read a book. I didn’t have anything going on at the time and so I figured why not. Well this is the second book in the series, and I had the pleasure of beta reading this book.


This picks up after the first book stops, with Winter term about to start and Caprice having found out that instead of a witch like her dad, she is actually a shifter, and not an ordinary shifter but a dragon shifter. What does that mean? Oh well instead of mating with one person, like most shifters do, dragon shifters are all about having multiple mates, and Caprice is no different. Except for one small issue, the king of the Tromara have decided that Caprice is his. Yeah.. about that. Even if she was not a dragon shifter, Caprice isn’t the type of woman to be like “oh king, take me I’m yours” and so she is ready to fight, maybe even literally.


The main issue that Caprice is dealing with is that she is in new classes, including a class with Montrell Freeman who for whatever reason doesn’t like her, at all. If that wasn’t enough for her to deal with, the guys are all dealing with council business. Or let’s call it like it is, it is council bullshit. The amount of petty politics and alliances and such is really on point with what is going on in the world in general. The greedy stay greedy, and those who actually care are pushed out, or at least attempts to push them out is made.


With all of that going on, the paranormal world is dealing with something they hadn’t seen before. Caprice’s best friend may be in the middle of it all. It is one thing that adds to the overall story and I enjoyed the development.


When I first read this book I had some reservations due to some of the issues. Really the lack of development and any conclusion. Because I was beta reading it, I told the author, and a couple of days later they sent me additions. These additions were added prior to the publication and wow, did it make all the difference. I would have initially rated it probably a 3 fang or a 3.5 fang due to the issues I had with it.


Now though the rating is much higher for a couple of reasons. The changes made a lot of difference for the story line. Even though I may not have been happy about them. But that is my issue with the story and not the actual story if that makes sense. The thing the author’s had happen made me want to throw my kindle. Obviously I didn’t because I don’t want to have to buy a new one.


I have no idea where this story is going. There is a feeling of knowing just because of some things that happened during the story. But I don’t want to assume. I am really happy that I am a beta reader for this series. So far I really enjoy seeing where it will go. Also on how Caprice and her mates will survive the coming terms. Not just her school family and friends, but also her best friend on the east coast, and all paranormals in general. The storm is coming, and it should be interesting to see where the winds blow.




About Cassia Briar

I write paranormal romance. Right now I'm focusing on the Academy Obscura series. The last book is being written right now!

My next project is trilogy set in the Academy Obscura world, but not at school. It's inspired by themes from Beauty and the Beast. And it will be a reverse harem!

If you've read my books, feel free to add them to a list on here in the Listopia section. Doing so helps other readers find them. Thank you, you're awesome!

She has five cats, a hunky hubby, and lives in the woods near Portland, Oregon.

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