Book Reviews

The Serpent and the Angel (The Shifter Chronicles 8) by M.D. Grimm

Genre Gay / Paranormal / 19th Century / Shifters / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 20-July-2021

Book Blurb

In the year 1866, Sheriff Tobias Goldstein guards a small mining town in the Colorado territory with a cold and merciless hand. A rare rattlesnake shifter, he lives by a code and expecting others to do the same has kept the peace— until a nameless stranger wanders into town. Intrigued by the lone man, Tobias names him Angel Smith, and sensing he’s trustworthy, he deputizes Angel.

A guardian at heart, golden eagle shifter Angel protects the townspeople, but his dedication is to an ancient scroll capable of great destruction. For generations, Angel’s family protected the artifact with their lives. Now something has returned to hunt down the scroll. Forced to leave his tribe, Angel enjoys the quiet he’s found with Tobias, who hides a warm heart under his aloof exterior. Angel knows the quiet will not last and fears the battle on the horizon. But with Tobias at his back, Angel might stand a chance against his enemies.



First edition published by Dreamspinner Press, March 2015.


Book Review

As I mentioned at the beginning of the previous book's review, I am normally not a fan of historicals. However, the period of time the author has written of in 'The Serpent and The Angel' is one I dearly love as it is the time of the Old West in America. A time of lawlessness and passion. A time that left its indelible mark on my country. Since I already knew that two of the scrolls had sunk to the bottom of the ocean during Con and Quincy's trip to the colonies, I was hoping that the author would reveal the location of at least one more scroll during this installment.

I liked Tobias immediately, even though I'm not a huge fan of rattlesnakes. However, when he confronted the owner of the general store about charging the Chinese miners more than the white miners…well, I knew most of what I needed to know about the sheriff right then. Definitely an attitude not well known in the West of the 1860s.

“I only put value in useful people. That’s it. I don’t care if they be Negroes, Chinamen, Injuns, women, purple, orange, or yellow. They got a use, they deserve my protection.”

Tobias was intrigued by the golden man, the nameless man, who showed up in his town. Even more so when the man asked him to name him. Tobias chose Angel Smith, because the man reminded him of the stories about the fierce, golden angels in the bible. Angel found this funny since as a golden eagle, his tribe had often been seen as the messengers between the divine and man.

Unlike other shifters I've encountered who keep their human mind while in their animal form, Tobias doesn't. Tobias, as a rattlesnake, retains almost nothing of his human self in that form, which explains why he's only ever shifted three times in his life. The last two times he managed to retain enough of his humanity to shift back, but it would be remarkably easy to lose himself in the snake. Unfortunately, during a rescue of miners during a cave-in, Tobias is trapped and has no choice but to shift, becoming lost to his snake's instincts. It takes Angel to bring his humanity back.

"He was a guardian. Tobias was a warrior. Was there a chance, even a slight possibility, that Tobias was meant to help him in his mission? Did the spirits have a plan in mind for the both of them? Different tribes, different animals, but both driven from their homes, both searching for meaning. Half-breeds. Skin changers: an eagle and a snake."

Of course, this couldn't be a book in this series if it didn't also include the evil, the former god, coming for Angel and the scroll. In this lifetime it has taken the role of Texas Ranger Silas Black, although it's been many incarnations over the centuries. It wants the power, the worship, the sacrifices it once had, again, and it will stop at nothing to get them.

Another thrilling, exciting, and adventurous journey! It's funny to see how all things come around in a circle sometimes, such as the wind directing Tobias and Angel, and the scroll, to Haven. At least for a while.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 171 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 20-July-2021
Price $3.99 ebook
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