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Cernunnos Shifters and Shadows

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Genres: Romance, Paranormal

Follow the harrowing story of Cyn, a shapeshifter known as a cernunnos: a deer. Commonly hunted by humans, as well as other animal predators throughout the world, Cyn has lived his life in constant fear. When he finally confronts his death, he is given a second chance. But is it worth the distress and paranoia that follows?

Join Cyn as he embarks on a journey. A journey, where this cernunnos learns to live... among predatory lycan shifters!

This is a general warning to serve all chapters. This story will include material that may be insensitive, as it will contain detailed action scenes, crude and vulgar language, blood, serious injury and pain, death, characters handling mental health issues, and consensual sexual acts of age-appropriate adults.
A special thank you goes to @CincyKris for inspiring this interesting shifter story!
Copyright © 2021 astone2292; All Rights Reserved.

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  • Action Packed 30
  • Addictive/Pacing 30
  • Characters 34
  • Chills 4
  • Cliffhanger 14
  • Compelling 10
  • Feel-Good 6
  • Humor 4
  • Smoldering 10
  • Tearjerker 8
  • Unique 26
  • World Building 14

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Table of Contents
  • 1. Chapter 1
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  • 2. Chapter 2
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  • 3. Chapter 3
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  • 4. Chapter 4
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  • 5. Chapter 5
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  • 6. Chapter 6
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  • 7. Chapter 7
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  • 8. Chapter 8
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  • 9. Chapter 9
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  • 10. Chapter 10
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  • 11. Chapter 11
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  • 12. Chapter 12
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  • 20. Chapter 20
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  • 21. Chapter 21
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  • 22. Chapter 22
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  • 23. Chapter 23
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  • 26. Chapter 26
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  • 30. Chapter 30
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  • 31. Chapter 31
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  • 32. Chapter 32
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  • 40. Chapter 40
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  • 41. Chapter 41
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  • 42. Chapter 42
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  • 43. Chapter 43
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  • 45. Chapter 45
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  • 46. Chapter 46
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  • 48. Chapter 48
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  • 49. Chapter 49
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  • 50. Chapter 50
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  • 51. Chapter 51
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  • 52. Chapter 52
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  • 53. Chapter 53
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  • 55. Chapter 55
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  • 56. Chapter 56
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  • 57. Chapter 57
    • 2,686 Words
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  • 58. Chapter 58
    • 2,210 Words
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Rkench

   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

Another wonderful tale from @astone2292, Cernunnos features one of the most unlikely protagonists in a shifter story: a Deer-shifter saved from a vicious wolf attack by a good-lookin’ Lycan.

Cyn’s vastly different mindset makes his story unique, yet it also helps him overcome understandable fears of a former prey now navigating how to live amongst the same predator pack whose rogue members tried to end his life. His growth has a ripple effect on key members of the pack, going right to the top. 

While suspenseful, dramatic and at times quite sensual, once again compelling characters and a lot of heart are key to the success of this story.
Highly recommended. 

Response from the author:

Thanks for the review, Rkench!

Cyn will always be one of my favorite characters. While I intend to bring a sequel to this story, I'm content with how I left Cyn. He grew into a fine buck. 

Thanks for reading!

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Pascal

   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

From the first paragraph to the last, this story makes it hard to take breaks from reading. Apart from being so very captivating story with an intense and perfectly paced storyline, all the characters, no matter if likeable or not, are very well written. Especially the developments of the characters, first and foremost Cyn of course, never feels forced but always feels natural. How he overcomes the inherent personality of his species and grows into so much more is just pure joy to read and witness.

I can only recommend this story to anyone and everyone – even if you’re not particularly interested in shifter stories.

Response from the author:

Thank you for the review, Pascal! I'm delighted to hear you enjoyed reading Cernunnos. It was so much fun to write Cyn's changes from being a timid deer to being accepting of a wolf's presence. 

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wenmale64

   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

Aaron has reached a new high in creating a whole new feeling for shifter stories! This story brings the reader into a world that most would never even think about and it is done absolutely perfectly. The story begins quickly and captures the reader with the thoughts of "whats next?".  The details of creating a character that is "so not what is usual" and believable is amazing. The main character is a deer shifter named Cyn and as per most deer he has a VERY limited knowledge of humanity and interaction in a human like way with aplha predators in the human form is so creative and enhansing that it is hard to put this story down!!!  Give this a read and open your mind to an exceptionally well written story with a whole new look on other members of the shifter community, you will not be disappointed!  Well done Aaron!!

Response from the author:

Thank you for the review, wenmale! I'm tickled you thoroughly enjoyed this story! Thanks so much for reading!

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Danners

   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

Oh my gosh, I can't say how much this story touched my soul. Cyn, as the main character, defied the usual werewolf -- sorry, were-creature -- standards and made me contemplate the existence of prey species. Never before had I imagined that, for ever werewolf, there may be a were-deer or a were-rabbit.

It. Blew. My. Mind.

A typical werewolf story feeds us their perception and their life through the eyes of a predator but we seldom get to experience the life of the prey. Not only that, but we got to live Cyn's life as he ascended from a nameless Cernunnos to a pivotal figure in the pack's hierarchy. The mate of the pack enforcer.

Finally, and this is purely selfish, @astone2292treated us to a bit of fan service. The aggressively male pack alpha fell for the socially inept but loveable man-who-would-be-beta -- no apologies given.

The pack came together, like many of the relationships therein, on the whims of fate and, like the story, is stronger for the menagerie collected.

I. Love. It.

Response from the author:

Danners! Thanks so much for your review!

To have a story touch the soul of one of my readers is a pretty big accomplishment. I'm beyond ecstatic! I can't wait to see more of your comments on existing and future stories!

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JR Tittle

   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

Wonderful tale and a fresh take on were stories. Well written and highly recommended!

Response from the author:

Thanks for the review, JR! I'm always thrilled to see satisfied readers!

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raven1

   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

This story is well written, engaging and immediately grabs the reader's attention.  The story finely details the emerging of shifter species to form a more diverse society in an action packed tale of adventure, love and acceptance.  At times is has angst, danger and violence, but also humour, warmth and caring.  You will either love deeply some characters, and despise/hate other characters. The author writes with deep feeling for these characters that brings them to life.  The writing and plot flow smoothly.  Settings are detailed enough to picture yourself observing and feeling the sensual texture of each scene.  Excellent read!

Response from the author:

Wow! Umm... yeah, simply wow. Thank you so much for this review. I'm touched by how highly you think of Cernunnos. 

Thank you reading, raven!

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drsawzall

   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

While generally not my cup of tea, this is my first 'shifter' story and am so glad I read it. 

This has it all, engaging characters, an intense story arc and plot and very well written.

I can only hope that somewhere down the line a sequel follows! 

Response from the author:

Thank you for your review! 

I'm thrilled to see this was your first were-creatures/shifter story! There are some great ones out there, including in GA's Story Archive. I appreciated your comments throughout thus adventure!

-Aaron

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wb22860

   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

I love shifter stories, and this is the first story that I have read that focused on the prey that most just mention in building there story.  I fell in love with Cyn from the first chapter, because Aaron, made him such a lovable character. I loved how the story developed with the other main character, Shea. I’m just upset that the story ended. Cyn, Shea and all of the characters deserve follow-up stories.  When you read this story you will understand. 

Response from the author:

Thank you for the review!

I'm sad the story ended as well! While I appreciate a neverending story, I firmly believe a written work shouldn't be too long. Cyn will always be one of my favorite characters to write for, and I'll be excited when I decide to pick him and Shea back up!

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JACC

   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

Reviewing one of Aaron’s stories is always a challenge. At least for me, ‘cause I don’t know if I should focus on the wonderful writing or on the amazing plots… I’ll stay with the so beautifully shaped characters, characters you just come to love and cherish… and wish they would just happen at your door out of the blue. Take the challenge, let yourself go deep into one of Aaron’s stories, you’ll never regret it. You’d rather regret not haven’t read his stories before!

Response from the author:

Thank you for the review!

Responding to reviews and comments are also challenging! It becomes hard to describe my happiness for such positive remarks and criticism. I'm pleased to see review and how you enjoyed the story.

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Howzat

   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

If you love reading shifter stories then you definitely need to read this one!

We meet Cyn, a Cernunnos - deer shifter, who lives with their version of a pack - constantly on the move, always in fear of being hunted; of being prey.

I won't give too much away in this review (I hate spoilers in these sort of things) but suffice to say there is happiness, sadness, peril, love & joy all in some measure. Cyn gets to meet a wide variety of other shifters and some are not as friendly as they first seem to be.

Don't forget to comment as you read through the story and @astone2292(the author of this and other excellent stories) usually responds with a comment and/or a click on the "like" button.

Response from the author:

Thanks for the review, Howzat!

I'm glad to see you found a little bit of everything in this story. This was such a fun story to write, and I love your analysis of it.

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CincyKris

   5 of 5 members found this review helpful 5 / 5 members

This is a wonderfully fresh take on shifter stories.  Our hero is a young deer shifter who is thrust into the human world he has rarely experienced since childhood.  We get a character study, a romance, a fish-out-of-water comedy, as well as a really good shifter story.

Response from the author:

I love the comparison between this story and a character study! A wonderful review, Cincy!

I still can't thank you enough for your inspirational comment in Love in the Shadows. Without it, Cernunnos and Cyn wouldn't have been created. Sincere thanks go to you!

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