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Yellow Moon: A Novel Hardcover – August 19, 2008

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In Rhodes's superb sequel to 2006's Voodoo Season, a wazimamoto, or African vampire, stalks Dr. Marie Laveau, a 21st-century doctor, modern voodoo practitioner and descendant of the legendary Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. Haunted by the unquiet spirits of people killed by the wazimamoto, the young doctor vows to stop it with the help of new boyfriend NOPD Det. Daniel Parks; her Creole boss, Dr. Louis DuLac; and others devoted to Marie and her young adopted daughter, Marie-Claire. As the blood of the victims nourishes the vampire so it can completely assume human form, Marie must summon all her powers to vanquish it. Rhodes includes an informative author's note about the evolution of the African vampire as a response and a warning about racist brutality and cultural vampirism, giving some cultural weight to this hypnotic thriller. (Aug.) ""
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“A spooky, sexy novel about things that go bump in the night.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Richly dark and vividly haunting, Jewell Parker Rhodes gives us a taut and thrilling novel imbued with the lush and soulful spirit of New Orleans. Yellow Moon is a magical, mysterious, and transfixing read.”

—David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of Scavenger --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; 1st edition (August 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416537104
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416537106
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,647,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jewell Parker Rhodes is the author of three children's books including Ninth Ward, Sugar, and Bayou Magic. Towers Falling, a new middle grade, will be published in 2016.

Jewell is also the author of six adult novels: Voodoo Dreams, Magic City, Douglass' Women, Season, Moon, and Hurricane; a memoir, Porch Stories: A Grandmother's Guide to Happiness; and two writing guides: Free Within Ourselves: Fiction Lessons for Black Authors, and The African American Guide to Writing and Publishing Non-Fiction.

Her work has been published in China, Korea, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Turkey, and the United Kingdom and in audio format and for NPR's "Selected Shorts." Her literary awards include: the American Book Award, the National Endowment of the Arts Award in Fiction, the Black Caucus of the American Library Award for Literary Excellence, the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award for Outstanding Writing, two Arizona Book Awards, and a finalist citation for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award.

Ninth Ward has received a Parents' Choice Foundation Award and the Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award, among others. Sugar has received the Jane Addam's Children's Book Award and has been cited as a "notable children's book" by the American Library Association and as one of the "best children's book of the year" by Kirkus Reviews.

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Format: Hardcover
Yellow Moon is the second in a trilogy inspired by New Orleans's infamous Voodoo Priestess, Marie Laveau; a woman still revered (and feared in some circles) centuries after her death. The first novel, Voodoo Season, is a suspenseful tale centering on a young woman's apprehensive discovery of her kinship to Marie and the unwanted "gifts"; she inherits from her grandmother; powers such as the ability to heal nearly everyone, an uncanny sense of foresight, and the ability to see spirits. These powers seem to have grown stronger upon her relocation to New Orleans for a medical internship.

Years pass and Yellow Moon picks up where VooDoo Season ends. The newly licensed Dr. Marie Laveau (appropriately named following the tradition of her foremothers), has seemingly accepted her fate, embraced New Orleans as home, and with the help of believers is aptly honing her otherwordly crafts. She happily practices both traditional medicine at the legendary Charity Hospital and the more controversial voodoo religion during off-hours. Her blissful life is interrupted when a string of blood-drained corpses start littering the city: the first being a hardened dock worker, then a boozing jazz musician, the third a prostitute - they are reminiscent of the underprivileged and downtrodden that seem to flock to Marie both in life and death. It is not long before the ghosts of the murdered appeal to her for justice. Her reluctance is culled by the handsome lead detective assigned to the case. Vampiric markings on the corpses baffle police but supernatural indicators and warnings from beyond eventually propel Marie into action.
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Parker-Rhodes bridges two worlds in Yellow Moon, the physical realities of Marie Laveau's great-great-granddaughter and the otherworldly realm of voodoo, where a malevolent spirit awakens after a long slumber, fueled by a blood lust that is only assuaged by the tumultuous emotions and memories of helpless victims, as, vampire-like, it drains the blood from their bodies. This is no Anne Rice vampire, no romanticized Lestat, but an energy that feeds on helpless people, fastening even on Doctor Laveau, who uses all the powers of her considerable voodooienne arsenal, calling her gods, Agwa, Dumballa, to fight this great destructive force. Meanwhile, this "spirit" vampire rampages through pre-Katrina New Orleans in search of fresh blood. Caught between heaven and earth, only Marie can confront this monster.

As in her previous novel, Voodoo Dreams: A Novel of Marie Laveau, the author inhabits this territory. Two centuries later, New Orleans is still the repository of such cultural anomalies, reality, religion and spirit infusing every aspect of daily life in a storied city of "slavery's sorrow, the wounds and pains of war, yellow jack epidemics and hurricane disasters." Like no other city, New Orleans embraces the old and the new, a diverse population in thrall to the throbbing beat of the French Quarter, music that connects the first three victims who fall like dominoes before Marie's confusion, a wharf rat, a jazzman and a priest. Shadowed by a skeptical detective, Dan Parks, himself drawn into a universe that flies in the face of hard evidence, Marie divides her time at Charity Hospital and the gruesome scenes of the crimes.
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Marie is the great-great granddaughter of a Voodoo Queen. Marie works in a hospital and knows all to well the horrors that reek havoc on the people of New Orleans.

An African vampire wazimamoto is after Marie and wants her and her family dead. Dreams of blood, rain and a yellow moon plague her in her sleep. Her will is put to the test. Will love be enough to save them?

Books like this are the reason I read.
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YELLOW MOON a novel by Jewell Parker Rhodes takes the reader on a mystery ride about spirits of people killed by an African vampire spirit Wazimamoto. The story centers on who killed a jazzman, wharf worker and prostitute? Dr. Marie Laveau, a doctor and descendent who is named after the legendary Voodoo Queen of New Orleans is the only one who can solved these killings. Considering she is a modern voodoo practitioner who must use all her powers to stop the killing, she takes us along for a spiritual ride in destroying a blood thirsty vampire. Along the way, she falls for Detective Daniel Parks who will help her destroy the vampire.

Jewell Parker Rhodes returns with the sequel to Voodoo Season. YELLOW MOON is an interesting mystery that's chilling and dark about a vampire who is sucking the blood out of its victim to take human form. Although the vampire has killed a string of people, you feel that they are just a stepping stone to the real target. The story answers the question, who is the vampire really after and will it take vengeance on the doctor who has the ability to see spirits? An interesting twist is the spirits appear to Dr. Laveau to appeal for justice for their murders.

YELLOW MOON takes place in New Orleans and brings into focus the music, sights, sounds and historical past about spirits that describes this city. Although I did not read the first book in this series, I found I did not need too, as Yellow Moon easily stood on its own.

Although not a fan of historical fiction that shrouds itself in ghosts and the spirit world, I found the book to be interesting. The story was well-written and the plot and character development was strong.
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