An interesting book. For me, it read like the plot to an action movie where our naive and inexperienced hero comes face to face with things that go 'bump' in the night and is given a choice. It is very action oriented, and feels very masculine; I felt a little like I was watching "Blade III," actually. Slightly different take on vampires and werewolves. Actually, it took me a while to figure out the shapeshifting mythology of the story, as his teacher is prone to the typical 'I'll tell you what you need to know... two minutes before you need to know it." I could have passed on Pelegrimas' effort to give us multiple points of view, and thankfully, it didn't happen too often. For the most part, it interrupted the flow of the story more than building tension or providing explanation. Did it really matter how the shifter was corrupted? Not really, unless you wanted to humanize him; an odd choice given that so much of the story has very clean lines against 'good' and 'evil.' While this vampire and shifter world is normally hidden, is seems to be taking a turn of events at the end. I might pick up the next installment just to see where the storyline goes.