ARC REVIEW - New Regime (Rune Alexander Series, Book 5) by Laken Cane


Book Title - New Regime
Author - Laken Cane
Publisher - Self Published

Rune and her people have been taken under the mysterious wing of the Annex, an agency that works toward Other equality.

But with the new regime comes changes and some monstrous enemies the Annex seems to have brought with it.

The crew finds themselves up against a group called the Shop, whose leader cares only about his lab and the monsters he creates there.

But he hasn't been able to build monsters he can use or sell...until now.

Now Rune must follow a path of horror that leads from a little werefox named Megan to a town full of evil in Reverence, Kentucky, and find a way to defeat something worse than blades or guns or bombs.


She can't use her claws on magic.

Can she?

In book five of the Rune Alexander series, Rune must deal with not only the monsters, but the escalating tension between the berserker and Owen, flashbacks from the COS attack, and the fear that she's losing Levi to the chasm of darkness started by Karin Love and deepened by the slayers.

She and her crew will fight with everything they've got to defeat the evil, even if some of that darkness lives inside each one of them.

Because they're Shiv Crew, and that is what they do.



Laken Cane is an urban fantasy writer living in Ohio. Her debut book, Shiv Crew, is a dark urban fantasy and is followed by Blood and Bite, Strange Trouble, and Obsidian Wings. New Regime, book 5, is a work in progress.

Places you can find Laken:

Facebook: Twitter: @lakencane


You can also find her Amazon page at



Oh My God! I was addicted to the Rune Alexander series after the first page of Shiv Crew. But this, book 5 in the series, takes you to a whole new place. I was wishing to get my hands on this book. Be careful what you wish for. The brilliance that is this series blows my mind. I love this book! Laken Cane does what no other author dares to do. She makes no character safe. Main characters can die. Bad things can consume anyone. That takes guts, and Laken has that in spades. I have never feared reading a book. That is no longer true. This amazing read will blow your mind. This book should come with a warning. Everything can and will happen, whether you are ready or not!

In this book, the hell just keeps getting worse. Shiv Crew is now a part of the Annex, a group lead by Eugene Parish and his second, Iris. Rune doesn't like them or the secrecy they have. She feels less significant than when they were with RISC. Bill and Elizabeth are still her bosses, but the new building doesn't feel like home.

They have two new threats. The Next, lead by Lee Crane, is made up of Others who do not want equality like the Annex does. But a bigger threat, the Shop, run by Orson Blackthorne, is the devil incarnate. They do not care about humans or Others. They just want to make monsters. And no one seems to be able to stop them. While searching for a girl named Megan, who started out as a missing Other and quickly morphs into the crux of this book, Rune and her team will be pushed to the limits or their sanity. And not everyone survives. Or do they? There are so many layers to this story, the horrors from Obsidian Wings, to Gunnar the Ghoul, to Owen and Strad, to Karin Love, you HAVE to read this book to believe it. Even the ever, and eternally good guy Ellis is not spared from darkness.

This book completely blew my mind. I am not sure where Laken Cane finds her inspiration, but she is the Goddess of amazing tales. Thankfully, there is no way this can be the end of the series, and I find hope in that. If I could rate this book higher than five stars, I would do it in a heartbeat. If you love paranormal books, this series is hands down the best of the best. I am honored to have gotten an early look at it, and at the same time, fearing the withdrawal. This book is one that will haunt me for some time. Grab a stiff drink, your fortitude, and a healthy respect for fear and dive in, you will be on an incredible journey through the brilliant mind that is Laken Cane. Be prepared to be blown away!


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