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!
What is this weeks creature?
This isn’t a were-creature I have seen done in many fantasy books. The focus always seems to be on werewolves. I have nothing against werewolves, I just have always been more of a cat person, especially wild cats. So when I first encountered the Anita Blake books, I fell head over heels in love!
I won’t get into what all else this series has (or the fact that it went downhill after book… 7? 8? I forget. It is starting to pick back up, but there was a long series of ‘wtf?’ books/moments in there.)
But the wereleopards were what kept me reading all the books, even the bad ones. In this universe, were-creatures shift with the full moon like most other universes. However they can also shift at will if they are dominant and strong enough other times of the month. And the dominant ones can force-shift other submissive members of their pack (werewolves), or pard (wereleopards).
When they shift forms, their clothes do not survive the change, and a puddle of clear liquid falls from their body during the transition. They are stronger and faster than humans, allergic to silver, and take on traits of their leopard-form if forced to stay in that form too long.
One leopard named Zane, has permanent kitty teeth because he had to stay shifted too long. Another named Micah, has bright green slitted cat eyes for the same reason.
They also have feline traits in human form whether or not they have been in leopard-form for too long. They have no issues with nudity, and stripping down to sleep in a pile of bodies like kittens or puppies is fairly normal. They also crawl on hands and knees to their leaders if they feel they have done something wrong, in order to seek forgiveness. Licking hands and nuzzling while in human form is not uncommon either.
My favorite characters in all the books are Nathaniel (wereleopard), Jason (werewolf), and Wicked and Truth (twin brothers who are vampires). I also really like Asher (vampire).
Have you read this series? Who are your favorite characters? Which were-creature group is your favorite? If you haven’t read the books, have you read any others that had wereleopards in them?