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Under Witch Aura: Moon Shadow Series Paperback – December 13, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
One of the things I admire about this author is that she writes urban fantasy that is different from the ho-hum world of vamps and weres. To be sure, there is plenty of magic, but the fantasy element is unique from most other stories I've read. Also, this book contains a mix of Native American and Hispanic characters, traditions, and mythology. And the setting - Santa Fe, NM - is wonderfully described (be prepared to crave Mexican food!)
The characters are interesting and unique without being over-the-top crazy. This actually became a problem for me when I wanted to read more about a particular woman in the book (I won't go into detail to avoid spoilers).
"Under Witch Aura" is an eerie mystery with a great deal of suspense and an oh-so-sweet romance.
Overall: 5 stars
Plot/Storyline: 5 stars
Having read Under Witch Moon, the first book in the author's Moon Shadow series, I was looking forward to the second book--Under Witch Aura. Both books could be read as standalones, but reading them in order gave a sense of continuity in the characters' introduction and development.
Under Witch Aura grabbed my attention on the first page, when the ghost of Sarah, a witch who was recently killed in a fire, terrorized Adriel, the earth witch who was introduced in the first book. The incident made no sense to Adriel, since the two witches barely knew each other in life. But Adriel and her warlock friend Jason--who went by the name White Feather--had little time to worry about that, since an even more malevolent force began attacking them with incredibly powerful winds that could destroy any structure and kill any living beings.
Adriel's and White Feather's magic was virtually powerless against the ill winds that threatened them. Ultimately, Adriel was forced to delve deeper into her past and to use ancient magic practices that could easily turn against her and kill her.
The story built up the tension and the suspense as Adriel and White Feather sought to stay alive long enough to solve the mystery of the evil force that was threatening them, and to find a means of defeating it.
The climax was a cataclysmic display of hellfire and damnation, as a small band of witches used all their knowledge and magic in a desperate attempt to send the evil spirits back where they came from.
Note: a key element of the story was an Indian sand painting.Read more ›
My only negative comment would be that I don't like the cover. The girl on the cover is too young to be Adriel and she is definitely not how I envision her, but that's just my opinion. What really matters is the content and not the cover. In any event, my recommendation is: Buy it, Read it, Enjoy!
This edition features White Feather's amazing abilities, and though I was having trouble dealing with it at first, I finally gave myself a mental head slap, and said 'of course!'. If you read the first book, then you know the ability I'm talking about. I don't want to give anything away, so I'll just say it's an amazing gift!
Adriel is a very practical witch, and at times I have wished I could conjure up some of her spells and potions.
This time around we get a close look at White Feather's sister, who is a little unfocused to say the least.
There is just a touch (!) of darkness in this book, as there was in Witch Moon. But Maria deals with it very well, and definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Good work, again!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really enjoyed reading this book. The Moon Shadow Series is a lot of fun to read and I am looking forward to reading more.Published on May 5, 2014 by Amazon Customer
My husband recently finished this book. When I asked him if he liked it his response was, "I didn't want it to end." So I am giving it 5 stars. For him to say that means a lot. Read morePublished on May 14, 2013 by Harmony
I was entirely captivated by all the characters in the series, especially Granny Ruth. I personally do not care for spiders and used to have severe arachnophobia, but as I have... Read morePublished on January 20, 2013 by Sherry
There are three authors I can always count on -- Jim Butcher, Kim Harrison, and Maria Schneider.
Yeah, I put Schneider right up there beside Harrison and Butcher. Read more
"Under Witch Aura" is a tremendously exciting story, the sequel to "Under Witch Moon." Even deeper in characterization and intensity of plotting (if that could be possible), "Under... Read morePublished on July 11, 2012 by Mallory Heart Reviews
I have just finished this story in about three to four days. I could not put it down, very engrossing. Read morePublished on February 17, 2012 by Erica D.
I have to admit that I am not normally a UF fan, but I am a fan of Maria Schneider. I was not disappointed. Read morePublished on December 27, 2011 by Elisabeth Huhn
Last time I buy a book by the ratings.I`ve read insurance documents that were better than this.The reviewers must not expect much.I did read this but it was a struggle.Published on December 26, 2011 by Eddiejack