Feral Series

The Feral series is a spin-off of the Tantalize series. It's a YA fantasy-adventure set in an international multi-creature verse, populated with a variety of shape-shifters (including werecats, werearmadillos, Tasmanian weredevils, and werewolves), among others.

The Feral series is published by Candlewick Press in North America, Walker Books in the U.K., and Walker Books Australia and New Zealand. Audio editions are available from Brilliance Audio. Order children's-YA books by Cynthia Leitich Smith.

#1 Feral Nights

Fans of the Tantalize quartet will thrill to see werepossum Clyde and other favorite secondary characters — plus all-new ones — take to the fore in book one of an all-new series.
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When sexy, free-spirited werecat Yoshi tracks his sister, Ruby, to Austin, he discovers that she is not only MIA, but also the key suspect in a murder investigation.

Meanwhile, werepossum Clyde and human Aimee have set out to do a little detective work of their own, sworn to avenge the brutal killing of werearmadillo pal Travis.

When all three seekers are snared in an underground kidnapping ring, they end up on a remote island inhabited by an unusual (even by shifter standards) species. The island harbors a grim secret and were-predator and were-prey must join forces in a fight to escape alive.

Fans of best-selling author Cynthia Leitich Smith Tantalize quartet will thrill to see favorite sidekick characters--together with all-new ones--take to the fore in this wry, high-action entry in an exciting new series.

  • Winner, Writers League of Texas Book Award

"Smith’s fantasy smoothly switches between the three protagonists’ perspectives, while expertly blending the mythical and the modern. The story’s sharp banter and edgy plot make for an entertaining and clever story about loyalty and reconciling differences."

-Publishers Weekly

"Smith’s blend of supernatural suspense, campy humor, and romantic tension is addictive; allusions to both pop culture ('Thriller,' Monty Python) and literature 
(The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Most Dangerous Game) add to the fun. 
Most satisfying of all, Aimee and especially unassuming, injured Clyde 
leave their sidekick roles behind to come into their own.

-The Horn Book

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#2 Feral Curse
The second installment of New York Times best-selling author Cynthia Leitich Smith’s thrilling Feral series delivers danger, romance, and suspense in an all new action-packed adventure.
The adopted daughter of two respectable human parents, Kayla is a werecat in the closet. All she knows is the human world.

When she comes out to her boyfriend, tragedy ensues, and her determination to know and embrace her heritage grows. Help appears in the lithe form of sexy male werecat Yoshi, backed up by Aimee and Clyde, as the four set out to solve the mystery of a possessed antique carousel while fielding miscast magic, obsessive strangers, and mounting species intolerance.

Fans will go wild for this rousing second Feral adventure.

Note: Feral Curse is largely set in a fictional small town, loosely based on Bastrop, Texas.

See Feral Curse: Giant Steps Through the Ashes.

  • Long list, Teen Choice Book of the Year

"Campy humor is paired with themes of social justice 
in this fast-paced, clever second volume....
A neat, smart middle novel that clearly sets the stage for an epic showdown 
between those who champion the rights of shifters and those blind to their humanity."

-Kirkus Reviews

"...as kooky a cast of supernatural characters as ever...
but they’re all relatable in various ways and easy to root for.
Debut character Kayla—level-headed, religious, but also quietly proud of her shifter nature—holds her own, nicely complementing Yoshi’s swagger,
Wild Card shifter Clyde’s newfound confidence, and human Aimee’s resourcefulness."

-The Horn Book

Anti-shifter sentiment is at an all-time high when Kayla’s transformation to werecat is captured on video and uploaded for the world to see.
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Suddenly she becomes a symbol of the werebeast threat and—along with fellow cat Yoshi, Lion-Possum Clyde, and human Aimee—a hunted fugitive.

Meanwhile, a self-proclaimed weresnake has kidnapped the governor of Texas and hit the airwaves with a message of war.

In retaliation, werepeople are targeted by law enforcement, threatened with a shift-suppressing vaccine, terrorized by corporate conspiracy, and enslaved by a top-secret, intelligent Cryptid species.

Can Clyde rally his inner lion king to lead his friends—new and old—into battle against ruthless, media-savvy foes? A rousing blend of suspense, paranormal romance, humor, and high action.

The explosive finale to the Feral series by New York Times best-selling author Cynthia Leitich Smith.

"Smith’s ability to mix the paranormal and the divine with sexy, wisecracking humor, youthful optimism, and fast-paced action has been a hallmark of this entertaining series.
Fans will not be disappointed.

"HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Smith's fantasies have earned her an army of fans, and this trilogy-ender—that connects two series, no less—will have high visibility."


"...the wickedly funny, quickly paced style is anchored by the novel's underlying theme of the marginalization of people and its effects, both those obvious ('Our legal rights are slippery,' explains Kayla) and more insidiously subtle (like the wedge driven between Clyde, a werepossum/werelion hybrid, and his human girlfriend, Aimee, because of her father's prejudice).
"...witty, smart and moving—sure to satisfy..."

-Kirkus Reviews

"Since this Feral trilogy–ender also wraps up its companion series Tantalize, several major characters from those books appear here, but Clyde, Aimee, Yoshi, and Kayla ably carry this series right up to its bittersweet conclusion. Kayla’s full acceptance of her animal self, and the courage she gains in that acceptance, is particularly compelling. With its sharp humor and fully realized characters, this urban fantasy will leave readers hoping for another series from Smith—and soon."

-The Horn Book

"Smith once again weaves an action-packed plotline with campy alternating narration by Clyde, Aimee, Kayla, and Yoshi, all while dealing with the complex themes of acceptance, tolerance, freedom, and self-esteem. All this is done in a nonpreachy style to which readers can easily relate. A successful conclusion to a thought-provoking series."

-School Library Journal

"...the chance for alternative interpretations of who the shifter community could represent 
— any group reviled by those who consider themselves mainstream — 
make this series as meaty as it is entertaining."

-The Austin American-Statesman

Preview the new Feral Curse & Feral Nights audio books (Brilliance) from Ambling Books.


Anonymous said...

I love these books so much I hope you never stop writing <3

- T.T.

Unknown said...

I saw the two books "Feral Nights" and "Feral Curse" at my local library and said "hey this looks like a good series"

Boy was I wrong
It wasn't good at all

It took me less than two days to finish both, and of course, wanting more, I bought the third book. I had to stop and cry at the end.It was so emotional. I am now the newest fan od your Feral series. I am praying that there will be a spinoff of some sort, because to say that these three books were amazing is an understatement indeed.

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