MOONSET (LEGACY OF MOONSET, BOOK #1)
Author: Scott Tracey
Rating: 5 out of 5
Genre: YA (Paranormal/Supernatural)
Format: ARC (received in exchange for an honest review)
Release Date: 8th April 2013
Recommended Reading Age: 16 +
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THE GIST: I love a great supernatural story but, truth is, I am really picky. I love witches and magic, but it has to be just the right amount of normal, nothing too ‘fantastical’…Yeah, I love escaping to other worlds but I like them to kick ass…I don’t want black cats and sparkly spells. Lucky for me and anyone else that happens to share my almost impossible list of supernatural book requirements…Moonset is a keeper!
[note color=”#f1cebb”]SYNOPSIS: Moonset, a coven of such promise…Until they turned to the darkness.
After the terrorist witch coven known as Moonset was destroyed fifteen years ago—during a secret war against the witch Congress—five children were left behind, saddled with a legacy of darkness. Sixteen-year-old Justin Daggett, son of a powerful Moonset warlock, has been raised alongside the other orphans by the witch Congress, who fear the children will one day continue the destruction their parents started.
A deadly assault by a wraith, claiming to work for Moonset’s most dangerous disciple, Cullen Bridger, forces the five teens to be evacuated to Carrow Mill. But when dark magic wreaks havoc in their new hometown, Justin and his siblings are immediately suspected. Justin sets out to discover if someone is trying to frame the Moonset orphans . . . or if Bridger has finally come out of hiding to reclaim the legacy of Moonset. He learns there are secrets in Carrow Mill connected to Moonset’s origins, and keeping the orphans safe isn’t the only reason the Congress relocated them . . .
THE LOWDOWN: Moonset follows the trials and tribulations of the Children of Moonset; an infamous coven of witch terrorists that brought chaos to the world. Needless to say, the magical community (that walk among the normal and teach their children in special ‘independent study’ classes) fear these remnants of one of the darkest periods in their history. The five siblings are moved around, tracked, traced and held back from more powerful magic as there is legend and myth surrounding their capabilities and no-one trusts them, they fear they may bring the second coming of Moonset.
When the family is moved following a rather unsavoury misadventure in their school, they are once again mysteriously carted off to a new town. It soon appears that what found them may be worse than they thought and there could be some very dark magic at work.
In Carrow Mill, the children of Moonset discover more and more about their confusing and complex family histories and the fact that this may not be another randomly chosen destination.
Scott Tracey writes my kind of books! I love his characterization. Justin, the lead of the five children is fiercely protective of his family and the most vulnerable when it comes to the implications of his parents’ actions. The way we get to know Justin is really interesting and it is clear from the start that people have always underestimated him. While his other siblings seem to have their own particular ‘thing’, something they are associated with, be it a behavior, trait or talent, Justin is quietly fascinating. As a reader, we can sense he has greater purpose.
The book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger which will divide some readers, but, I have to admit, I kind of don’t mind a cliffhanger if the author writes in such a way that means I would automatically be sucked into a follow up anyway and Tracey does!
The way Tracey handles magic, good and bad in this book is my ideal. This is magic with edge. I have been drawn to this book even in e-reader format (and I am a paperback junkie, so this is important people!)
I would recommend this book to anyone seeking a fresh take on witches. Scott Tracey is an author I cannot wait to read more from.
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