What is Fantasy Creature Friday? It’s a discussion where I will talk about a particular creature every week. And what book or book series I think of when that creature is mentioned. At the end of the post, you will also get to link up your own fantasy creature book reviews and discussions for others to wander through.
Thanks to Anya at On Star Ships And Dragon Wings for letting me borrow her ‘link your blog’ idea. She does a giveaway every Friday where you can win ARC’s and link up your reviews/discussions/giveaways. You should totally check it out after you’re done here!
This weeks creature is the:
Shapeshifters come in many varieties. Some are witches or other magic users, that cast spells to change their forms. Some of this variety use dark spells to steal the shape of animals and humans, some use spells that are neither dark nor light and simply use the magic within themselves or the ambient magic of the world around them to shift their forms.
Others are born with the talent. They may have other magics as well, but shapeshifting is their primary. In almost all cases, these shapeshifters are able to transform into animals or take on the guise of a human. Some can shift bits of themselves, such as eyes or other facial features. Some can shift genders as well. Others still are limited in how many forms they can take. Some can only take on one other form, some can take on thousands of others.
The most well-known type of shapeshifter is of course the werewolf. Were-creatures turn into their animal form at the full moon. More powerful ones can shift their shape any time of the month. Were-creatures can be a victim of a curse, an infected bite from another were-creature, or they can be born with the ability.
Had you heard of shapeshifters other than were-creatures before? What is your favorite book with a shapeshifter in it (regardless of type)?