Want to go back and finish a romance/suspense series I started a couple years ago and can't remember author, character names or anything extremely helpful except for the story.

The series is about the alpha's daughter who is being trained as a protector of the pack, and eventually has to take over as alpha down the line. Her boyfriend is training her in the first book and ends up being hated by her uncle who tries to get the council to vote to have her exiled from all packs. A war starts between her dad and uncle and she has to get grizzly shifters and makes a deal with dangerous bird shifters to try and win the main battle.

On the romance end she can't commit to her boyfriend and they're off and on a lot through the series and he ends up being exiled for part of it. She cheats on him when her brother is murdered with her brother's best friend who is in love with her.

I know not a whole lot to go off of but anyone think it sounds familiar?

  • I think you are talking about Women of the underworld series by Kelly Armstrong. – Madeyedexter Nov 3 '13 at 22:41
  • Relevant meta discussion re: closing story id questions as dupes – phantom42 Nov 4 '13 at 20:44
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    "shifter book"? "alpha daughter"? I don't think these terms are commonplace enough to give your question sufficient context... Though on the other hand, anyone who could answer it would probably understand your terms. I just hoped there would be more details about the settings your story takes place in. – C.B. Nov 6 '13 at 22:15
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    On a side note, don;t go searching for "shifter grizzly" unless you're interested in getting a lot of... er... interesting fiction out there where the gay community term of "bear" gets taken more literally. – FuzzyBoots Jan 11 '16 at 14:22

The series you're after is literally a series called Shifters by Rachel Vincent. The first book in the series is called Stray.

There are only eight breeding female werecats left...

And I'm one of them.

I look like an all-American grad student. But I am a werecat, a shape-shifter, and I live in two worlds.

Despite reservations from my family and my Pride, I escaped the pressure to continue my species and carved out a normal life for myself. Until the night a Stray attacked.

The synopsis of Book 4, Prey, basically sums up the plot you describe.


Play? Right. My Pride is under fire from all sides, my father's authority is in question, and my lover is in exile. Which means I haven't laid eyes on Marc's gorgeous face in months. And with a new mother and an I-know-everything teenager under my protection, I don't exactly have time to fantasize about ever seeing him again.

Then our long-awaited reunion is ruined by a vicious ambush by strays. Now our group is under attack, Marc is missing, and I will need every bit of skill and smarts to keep my family from being torn apart. Forever.

Summary from website

  • Please add some details and/or links that provide info on why you think this is the answer. – Stan Nov 11 '13 at 14:17
  • Book 4's synopsis basically sums up the OP. rachelvincent.com/prey.html – Alan N Nov 11 '13 at 16:57
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    for further clarification I have read the series up to book five, I can't recall why I stopped but it was back a few years. After reading the question it was fairly clear to me with the details provided that this was what he was after. Otherwise, there is another book out there that is eerily exact in details. – Alan N Nov 11 '13 at 17:03
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    I'm rambling now, but I'd also like to add an aside regarding the Women of the Underworld Series, while the basics of that book "sort of" match the OP. The last paragraph does not fit with the Kelley Armstrong series. Nor does the Familial conflift (If I remember correctly). – Alan N Nov 11 '13 at 18:29
  • So you add a comment with a link (instead of editing / expanding your answer). The 'synopsis' (I use that word loosely) in the direct link provides extremely little and the community shouldn't have to go read the first chapter to determine if your answer is a good fit. Then another comment where you say 'fairly clear to me ...'. How about editing your answer and providing those remembered details for those in the community not familiar with the series. Suggest you read the FAQs. – Stan Nov 11 '13 at 20:39

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