Shifter Survey–What’s Your Favorite Furred or Feathered Friend?

I have flirted with shifters over the years. In the Sentinels series, the merfolk are aquatic shifters who can change either partially into classic mer form, or fully, into freshwater or saltwater dolphins. There are also the loup-garou, rogue werewolves who avoid the pack structure, and, of course, everyone’s favorite canine shifter, Alex. ( Although admittedly he’s in danger of losing his favored status because he’s so bullheaded.) And, yeah, there might have been a weregator or two.

In STORM FORCE and ALLEGIANCE (PENTON #4), shifters are introduced into the Penton world–an eagle shifter, a jaguar shifter, a jaguarundi and a direwolf.

Which brings us to wolves, and the whole world of shifter romance, which I’m thinking about tackling next. I’ve been studying the market as I do the new release lists each week and there are a LOT of bear shifters out there these days. The big cats and the wolves have always been around. Dragons are hot stuff (pun intended) in today’s fiction.

So…what’s your favorite type of shifter? I still love wolf shifters and enjoy finding different spins on the wolves and the big cats. The other ones seem to veer into the “odd shifter” category, and I’m not sure how many people like to read those.

Weigh in and help me choose–and share your favorite shifter series!


Big Cat?



Odd shifter?

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

18 thoughts on “Shifter Survey–What’s Your Favorite Furred or Feathered Friend?

  1. Suzanne, This will be Fun. Will enjoy checking the comments.

    My Favorite Shifters:

    Eagle: Robin
    Big Cat: Jane Yellowrock
    Wolf: Kitty Norville

    Shifters I don’t Like:

    Odd Shifters

    • *Shudders* Snake shifters! The only ones I’ve read were in the Anita Blake series and I’ve tried to block it out of my mind! I like bears okay. Robin has been fun to write!

  2. Bird and big cat shifters I like. Snake–NO! And no shifters that just shift body parts for sex scenes (not that your books go there) like I’ve read in other books. Or, read until I hit that part and then quit.

    • Ewwww….I don’t think I’ve read a shifter that just shifted body parts for sex, unless it was Anita Blake series. Which seems as if that did happen a few times, now that I think about it. I repeat: ewwwwww!

  3. if odd shifter are unusual one i do like them ( badger one can be fun from the kate daniels series) i do love wolf though when they eren’t just savage beast ( more like real wolf

    snake not so much but for you i could make an effort^^

  4. Wolf shifters for sure. Joe Manganiello’s Alcide Herveaux in True Blood, be still my heart!!

  5. I don’t like snake or reptile shifters. Cats, wolves, bears, dragons are great. Kate Daniels has a weremongoose in addition to the were honey badger. The most unusual I have seen is an ostrich shifter.

  6. I’m all for weregators, boar shifters, snake/lizard shifters and other ‘odd’ or overlooked shifters.

  7. I like pretty much any kind of shifter as long as the story is interesting. A pure shifter that turns into whatever animal is closest at the time would be interesting.

  8. I find Dragon shifters and all the griffins and thunder bird shifters from Thea Harrison series quite intersting.

  9. Actually, I read a book called Under Her Skin by Margo Bond Collins that featured a snake shifter heroine and it was quite good. I’ve even pre-ordered the next in the series.

    I like pretty much any kind of shifter, the more unusual, the better, but the shifter aspect needs to be really integrated into the story, not just added as window dressing. I think dragons are my favorites and I’m happy with bears, cats, wolves, really pretty much anything as long as it shifts. I much prefer them to vampires so if you do more shifter stories, I’ll be thrilled.

    The most unusual shifters I’ve read (besides the snake shifter) is one with a honey badger by Shelly Laurenston (she also does fabulous shifter hybrids) and a story called Bunny and the Bear by Eve Langlais in which the heroine shifted into a 7 ft. tall saber toothed bunny! Seriously!

    • Actually, I can like any shifter in a good story! So, as far as I’m concerned, you don’t have to write about what’s popular or what I like. I saw someone mention a snake shifter… and some other unusual shifters. I’d be in for anything you write.

  10. Wolf shifters and dragon shifters are my favorite. I definitely would not be interested in a snake shifter.

  11. I love dragons and wolf shifters too, but I’m also super intrigued by sea shifters (imagine being the top predators in the deep sea areas!!). I haven’t been able to find a sea animal changeling novel thus far, tho I do know Nalini Singh is starting to venture there, but it’d be nice if there were more books on them. :)) *hint hint* haha