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Forbidden: A Novel of the Sazi

(Luna Lake #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  116 ratings  ·  36 reviews
USA Today bestselling author Cathy Clamp reboots the Sazi universe in Forbidden, a tightly-paced, high-tension urban fantasy thriller.

Ten years have passed since the war that destroyed the Sazi Council and inflicted a horrible "cure" on thousands of Sazi, robbing them of their ability to shapeshift.

Luna Lake, isolated in Washington State, started as a refugee camp for Sazi
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 18th 2015 by Tor Books (first published August 11th 2015)
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

UPDATED: details of US giveaway of FORBIDDEN running from 8/20/15 to 8/30/15

As someone who was totally new to Cathy Clamp’s work, I was very excited about the opportunity to read Forbidden, book one in a new series set in the Sazi universe. A “reboot” of sorts, the novel takes place ten years after the events at the end of The Tales of the Sazi, featuring a new story and new chara
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Having not read the original series I was a little apprehensive jumping right into this new series. Turns out, I had nothing to worry about.

Ms. Clamp did an amazing job not only explaining past events but also exactly what the Sazi were. I never felt lost, confused, or wondering what was going on. Instead I was intrigued by the strangeness of the town, the events that took place, and the mystery behind it all. Drawn into the story after the first chapter, this story was one that was hard to put
Aug 16, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the Sazi series, which this one is spun off of and set years later. But as I read it I was really bored, in fact it took me 3 hours to get 100 pages, which is a long time, I should be almost finished in that amount of time.

I didn't like how even the town seemed, how everyone seems out for Claire, even her supposed "friends and family". I gave up when the family noticed a rouge shifter and called out battle stations, expecting Claire to help in a major role after having been there
Forbidden is the first book in a brand new urban fantasy series called Luna Lake, which ties in with the Tale of the Sazi series. I had never read a book by Cathy Clamp before, so I went into Forbidden without any knowledge of its background story.

Claire is sent to Luna Lake by her alphas to investigate shifter children going missing. When she arrives in the little secluded town, she discovers there is more wrong than just a few runaways.

The start of Forbidden is rather rocky. You know that aut
Oct 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Three and a half stars: A good UF book with interesting characters and an eerie setting.

Claire is feeling more and more anxious as she nears Luna Lake. Then she realizes the overwhelming sense of fear is radiating off Danielle, the young lady who is escorting her to her new home. Danielle is in a panic, her two younger siblings recently turned up missing, and a search by the town has turned up nothing. Claire is sympathetic and eager to help. She is actually an undercover agent sent in by the Wo
Eva Millien
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Something mysterious is happening in Luna Lake and Claire has been sent to investigate and just in time too for children are missing in this electrifying urban fantasy.

When Alek rescues Claire after a “weird car crash,” he’s instantly attracted to her and the reader can’t help but get caught up in the story as their attraction is set aside in a desperate race to find the missing children and uncover the truth behind the mysterious happenings in Luna Lake. Claire an Alek certainly has a sizzling
Dark Faerie Tales
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Dark, eerie and mysterious urban fantasy/paranormal romance mixture. This novel was full of mystery and action so it didn’t slow down one bit. The amount of abuse the main character does through may turn readers away.

Opening Sentence: Fear wasn’t something Claire Evans thought she’d ever feel again, but an all-too-familiar buzzing filled her ears while bile rose into her throat.

The Review:

Forbidden is an urban fantasy novel set in a strange
Paranormal Romance
On her first mission as a Wolven agent, the heroine is sent in undercover to a secluded pack to investigate strange disappearances of children. The topic is one that's close to heart as she herself was kidnapped as a girl and held prisoner and tortured before escaping and fostering under a pack in Texas. To this day she still has pretty sever night terrors where she relives the horrors she experienced. On the way into town, she and her escort are attacked by a brutally strong but unseen creature ...more
Selenity Jade (Coffee Addicts Book Reviews)
Wow! Just... wow! I was so extremely thrilled to be one of the few people to get an opportunity to read and review this book that I do believe I told everyone I know I got the ARC copy. I bounced around with it even. Hugged the book a few times. Squealed more when I saw it was signed. If I could have married it, I probably would have. I was that freaking excited.

Once I started reading, I quickly found out that I was not going to be disappointed.

My copy is an uncorrected proof, so I won't do my
Zara Lethallan
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Claire Sanchez, a new wolven agent, is sent to Luna Lake's to investigate the kidnappings of children and finds that the mayor and police chief are both very powerful alphas. They run the pack with brute hierarchy, through a ritualized monthly competition. You can either rise in the ranks or be placed as the lowest member of the pack. When Claire is forced to compete, she fails and becomes the pack Omega, the lowest ranking pack member. This almost causes her to fail her mission. But with her h ...more
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Same, but different" really fits this book well. It felt wonderfully familiar sliding back into the Sazi universe, reading many of the same characteristic elements I loved in the original 8 books. At the same time, I met a new community of shifters who have been changed by the war that almost ended their race.

Clamp expanded the 5 year publishing gap between series into a 10 year span in the book and it works. Those familiar with the original series are able to see how the "cure"/plague has aff
Clair is going undercover as a Wolven agent (shapeshifter cop) in a small shifter town. Something is not right, and she needs to get to the bottom of it fast. Children are disappearing and there isn't any time to waste.

Why I started this book: I loved Hunter's Moon and the rest of the Sazi books, so I was excited for a spin off series.

Why I finished it: You know when you pull out a favorite sweater that you haven't worn in months and it doesn't fit right? Or when you go to a favorite restaurant
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was given this ARC for an honest review. I loved this book. Ms. Cathy Clamp is such a fabulous writer that you feel the fog when it comes in, and try to hide from the creatures in the dark.

Ten years ago there was a war that destroyed the power of the Sazi Council and its members to shift. Seems the "cure" was no such thing, but rather a curse on them.

Claire Evans has come to Luna Lake in Washington state disguised as a school teacher, but not all is right with this little town and she and her
Sep 20, 2017 rated it liked it
So, I finished it, though it was touch and go for a while. My first Scazi book, not sure I will read another. Something was just sort of off for me. Interesting idea, but maybe the "keeping the reader in the dark about every dang thing going on" was just too annoying. Not only were we in the dark on what the lead didn't know, we were in the dark on what she knew as well.
Anyway, paranormal romance, some will quite enjoy, lots of action and mysterious goings on...
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
The first book in the Luna Lake series which is a continuation of characters from The Sazi series. Cathy Clamp and C T Adams wrote the Sazi series. Cathy Clamp is doing a take-off from that series with her new Luna Lake series. The writing is good with characters from the old series mixed with brand new characters.
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Made me what to go re-read the Original Sazi series.
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ry-2015, read-in-2015
Review posted here...
Forbidden is the first book in the Luna Lake series that has ties to the authors other series and I thought it was an intriguing start.
We begin the story with a car journey that brings Claire – a wolf shifter – to Luna Lake. She is there undercover because the local children are going missing and she immediately senses that something is wrong, a sense of danger and urgency she can’t quite put her finger on. Before they reach the t
Kristie Elston
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Originally reviewed at Dark Faerie Tales:

Quick & Dirty: Dark, eerie and mysterious urban fantasy/paranormal romance mixture. This novel was full of mystery and action so it didn’t slow down one bit. The amount of abuse the main character does through may turn readers away.

The Review:

Forbidden is an urban fantasy novel set in a strange paranormal world unlike anything I have ever seen before. This world is shrouded in mystery, tragedy and terror. If yo
Dolly Sandor
4.25 Stars!! Sincerely enjoyed being back in the Sazi World. Full review will be posted closer to the release date.

Forbidden picks up 10 years after the last of A Tale from the Sazi series book ends! Forbidden starts with action right away!

What I liked: First off I have to say that the Sazi series was and is one of my all time favorite series. As a matter of fact when reducing my book collection, the series is one I kept and I've re-read it so many times some of the books are falling apart. I r
Van (Short & Sweet Reviews)
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Disclosure: I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

I haven’t read the original Sazi series by Clamp, and while Forbidden is somewhat a continuation of the series, it focuses on new characters, location, and overall plot making it easy for new readers to join and follow along. Clamp did a great job explaining the history of how the Wolven agents formed and how the hierarchy of the Sazi Council works. Sazi is a term used to describe shifters, and Luna Lake, is
A gripping combination of paranormal intrigue, clever worldbuilding, moving characters, and hot action with a pinch of mouthwatering romance.

I was happy to encounter action from the start, heavily laden with mystery that never slows down. The detailed paranormal hierarchy and history of the shapeshifters are seamlessly interwoven as the plot advances. I really liked to know how Claire's magic works, what she can smell due to her wolf nature or the things that happened during and after the plague
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars

"Forbidden" by Cathy Clamp is Book One of the ‘Luna Lake’ urban fantasy series. The story features Claire Evans, who has traveled to Luna Lake, in Washington State, to investigate disturbing occurrences. She is handicapped by her unfamiliarity with the rules and rituals in the town, but she has resources that they don’t know about as well. Unfortunately, the Sazi have had significant changes, and Alek Siska is still striving to deal with the repercussions. The last thing he expects is
Penny Noble
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
10 years have passed since the Sazi world changed forever. Many refugee camps were formed to help orphaned Sazi people and children after the war and the plague. Luna Lake is one such place in Washington, isolated and insular. Claire Evans, a Wolven agent for the enforcement part of the Sazi Council, is sent in undercover to find out why the Sazi agent stationed at Luna Lake isn’t reporting anything unusual, including the people missing from the town roster, not even reporting the two kids missi ...more
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
**Received ARC in exchange for an honest review**


When I saw that I could get an ARC of this book I jumped right on it, because I was looking for a new Urban Fantasy series. I hadn't read the "A Tale of the Sazi series" which is the world where Forbidden takes place in. But I saw it was a new series so thought it wouldn't really matter AND it didn't matter!

This book is about Claire who is going undercover in the small town Luna Lake to investigate missing kids. I really liked that the whole stor
Pam Kinsey
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pnr, urban-fantasy
OMG the Sazi are back. I love this series and this one was no exception. Even though this is part of a series it can be read as a standalone because this is a reboot and happens 10 years after the first books in this series. Claire is an intriguing heroine there is way more to her than meets the eye. We get bits and pieces of her history in this story. And it sets the stage for the books to come of which I am looking forward to. This story is a shifter book but they aren't like most shifters. Wh ...more
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
**I was sent an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**

Overall I really enjoyed this book. There was a strong story that was very intriguing. I always appreciate a story that leaves me guessing until the very end:)

Claire is sent to a small town in Northeastern Washington state. The town was originally a refuge for many different types of Sazi shifters after the plague. The Council and Wolven leaders are worried that something strange is going on in the town. Claire is a new a
Robyn Jones
Mean shifters, pack hierarchy, hormones, and a mystery. That sums up the Sazi world and I'm so glad to have it back. Claire is a red wolf sent in to investigate shifty stuff going on in Luna Lake (shifty, get it?). Within the first few pages we hit action that intensifies the feeling that if you're a shifter you're gonna feel pain. Enter Alek, a wolf all about law and order and being the good guy. Alek and Claire have chemistry enough to taste. Really, I wanted them to hurry up and get things go ...more
Lynda Tatad
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series-r-us
I started reading this new book in the Sazi world Cathy Clamp had created so many 'moons' ago, and was immediately hooked. Taking place 10 years after events that happened in "Serpent Moon", a new young Wolven agent is sent to go undercover to investigate some strange happenings in the town of Lunar Lake which has caused children to go missing, and people have forgotten them.

Being thrown into an Ascension after barely surviving an attack/car accident, Claire is told to ask for a mentor before s
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Delusione cocente. Dopo cinque anni di attesa per vedere un continuo per la mia amata serie Sazi, questo non ci voleva proprio. La storia è davvero troppo semplice e poco credibile e il protagonista maschile uno zerbino. E ce ne vuole per rendere un licantropo Alpha forte e bello, un semplicione. Voglio dire tutti lo trattano come uno zerbino e anche un neonato capirebbe che nella città in cui vive c'è qualcosa che non va, passi per gli altri abitanti che hanno subito il lavaggio del cervello, m ...more
FORBIDDEN is the first book I’ve read featuring the Sazi, who are shapeshifters. FORBIDDEN is set ten years after a ‘cure’ was disseminated during a war, crippling the Sazi and inhibiting their innate shifting abilities. A lot of Sazi have been relocated to reservations, some no better than internment camps. Claire has been sent by her Alphas to investigator Luna Lake, a refugee camp for Sazi orphans, where kids are disappearing and things aren’t quite as they seem. For a ‘continuation’ on the S ...more
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Hi!, I’m USA TODAY and Nielsen Bookscan bestselling author Cathy Clamp. I write urban fantasy/paranormal romance for Tor Books, including the Tales of the Sazi (shapeshifter urban fantasy romance) series, The Thrall (vampire) trilogy, the Blood Singer (urban fantasy, as Cat Adams) series—through book 6, and the new Novels of the Sazi series, beginning in August, 2015.

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