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About the Author

Simon R. Green is a New York Times bestselling author whose works include Drinking Midnight Wine, Beyond the Blue Moon, Blue Moon Rising, The Adventures of Hawk & Fisher, and the Deathstalker series. A resident of Bradford-on-Avon in England, he is currently working on the next Deathstalker novel.

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Prince Rupert, second son of the king, is sent on a fool's errand by his father in hopes he won't return. But Rupert, with his sassy unicorn steed, is more resourceful than expected and survives his journey through the infamous Darkwood. BLUE MOON RISING turns this genre on its head--we learn of the softer side of the Night Witch and meet a dragon more interested in butterflies than blood. Yet this story is not quite for children either. Battle scenes erupt in bloody fury with GraphicAudio's signature cinematic sound effects and music. A well-rounded cast complements Terence Aselford's engaging narration. After five action-packed hours, listeners will be eager for the other two parts of this series. F.G. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Darkwood
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Roc; Reprint edition (September 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451460553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451460554
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simon Green is the author of the bestselling DEATHSTALKER cycle, the New York Times bestseller ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES, and many other novels. He lives in Bradford-upon-Avon in Wiltshire.

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Koppel on January 9, 2004
Format: Paperback
Blue Moon Rising is simply one of the best fantasy novels in recent years. It has spawned a number of sequels (Down Among The Dead Men, Beyond the Blue Moon, etc.) as well as the Hawk and Fisher novels.
Prince Rupert is the second son of the King of the Forest Kingdom. As such he could be trouble for the succession and be used as a pawn in a civil war. Thus he has been sent by his father the King to go out and slay a dragon. That should be the end of the second Prince.
But Rupert is more dedicated to his duty than any would believe. He survives the Darkwood, finds a dragon, rescues it from a Princess, survives the Darkwood again and returns home. All in the first few pages.
But all is not well when he returns. Not only did he not conveniently die, but the Darkwood is now growing, a Blue Moon will rise soon and the Demon Prince may have returned. It is up to Rupert to find the High Warlock and convince him to return from exile and help the kingdom.
All the while he has to put up with assassinations, plots, an overbearing brother, an arranged marriage, the Champion, demons beyond counting, a wise-cracking unicorn and the possible end of the world. Well Rupert is not going to take it all lying down. He will do his duty even if it means not dying.
Fun and light but with a serious backbone of a plot. Rupert's early encounters with the unicorn, dragon and Princess help set the tone while the setting of the Darkwood and its demons set the pace of the plot. A wonderful book. Fans of this one might also want to check out Slay And Rescue by John Moore.
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on January 20, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Blue Moon Rising (1989) is the first novel in the Blue Moon series. It is also a precursor to the Hawk and Fisher series.

In this novel, Prince Rupert of the Forest Kingdom and his unicorn are hunting for a dragon. His father King John IV has sent him out on this quest in hopes of him taking off and never coming back. But Rupert feels duty bound to find the dragon.

Rupert is searching for the Night Witch, whose home is within the Darkwood. They encounter a huge cobweb, a demon and goblins in the Tanglewood even before entering the Darkwood. Within the Darkwood, only blue phosphorescence lights their way in their trek to the Night Witch's cottage.

Luckily for Rupert, the Night Witch was in love with his grandfather. She presents him with a map to the Dragonslair. Rupert continues through the Darkwood to the other side. He keeps feeling like someone -- or something -- is watching him.

When they break through to the light again, Rupert heads toward the Dragonslair. The mountain is too steep for the unicorn, so Rupert goes on alone, over scree and up almost vertical slopes. Finally he reaches the mouth of the cave where the dragon dwells.

Rupert calls out to the dragon and the creature comes forth. The dragon is thirty feet from snout to tail, with dozens of very sharp teeth and wickedly clawed hands. Unfortunately, the dragon isn't interested in any fighting that day and invites Rupert back into his lair. There Rupert discovers that the dragon's hoard is a huge collection of preserved butterflies.

Rupert also encounters the princess who is staying with the dragon. Julia is not quite what Rupert expected in a princess. She has a strident voice and an overbearing manner.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Lissa on August 12, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The first time I read Blue Moon Rising was in 1992, one year after it was first published. I picked it up on a whim, and read it in two days (maximum.) Since then, I have read it at least once a year, and gone through three copies.
This book is simply spectacular.
It starts out with Prince Rupert, the second son of a bankrupt kingdom, on a quest to find a dragon. What he finds is a flatulent dragon and a sword fighting princess. And, when Rupert returns to the Forest Kingdom, he finds out that the Blue Moon is rising, and demons are walking the Forest Kingdom.
Simon Green's characters are funny, and endearing. The intrigue in the court of the Forest Kingdom is as well written as the epic battle scenes. I have read every book that Simon Green has written, and this one is by far the best. If you enjoyed the syle and flair of the Deathstalker novels (despite the fact that they sort of peter out), you will enjoy Blue Moon Rising. Every person that I have recommended this book to has liked it.
Read it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alexa S on July 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
There seems to be some attempt here to pass this off as a nontraditional fantasy story because of its hero being a second son and its heroine being rebellious and cross, as well as a dragon being a protagonist. No, there's nothing inherently unique about this story; it's the details that make it different and a good read. Green fools us a bit by making us think this is a story about Prince Rupert's traditional quest--but no! That only comprises one chapter, and the rest is actually a story about the Forest Kingdom's battle against legions of demons that are taking over the country, as well as including betrayals in the castle and royal politics.

The politics were actually what really won me over about what was at first looking to be an uninteresting book. Yes, it's funny, and by the end very exciting and has just the right amount of blood and swordfighting, as well as a mystery that is entwined throughout the whole thing. But it's the politics that make it unique, because it really draws readers into the world of royal courts and how a medieval kingdom operates. And because this book centers on only one kingdom, it doesn't become confusing but stays very manageable. To avoid being boring, there's also plenty of adventure, and did I mention blood and swordfighting? Green also did his research, because the kingdom and the swordfighting are both described in detail; magic or no, this is a believable world. (Actually, even that's believable because the magic is leaving the world to be replaced by science; one can assume it would be entirely gone by modern times.)

As for criticism: all small things. Princess Julia's infatuation with Rupert is contrary to her rebellious nature.
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