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Under Witch Moon (Moon Shadow Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Sometimes a book comes along that simply charms. In more than one way, as charms are a big part of the story in Under Witch Moon. Adriel is a witch, and the thing I truly loved about the book? Adriel is a real witch! Not some frou-frou witch, like some overgrown Tinkerbell, but a working witch, doing things the hard way. The job is messy, smelly, and sometimes dangerous. But hey, it's a job, right? Adriel does it the hard way, clarifying and containing, working with metals, stone and earth. Nothing like having to burn down the whole house when a spell goes wrong . . .
Now, Adriel has another problem. Vampires and werewolves and black witches, oh my! What is a good witch to do? Especially when the good dead you try to do winds up getting someone killed. So, now it is time to fix the problem and what it's going to take may be the death of her.
This is a wonderful Urban Fantasy, with a realistic take on witches, non-sparkly vampires, and some truly messed-up werewolves. There is a romantic slant to the book, but what Maria truly does well is allowing the relationship to take it's time instead of doing the "I met you one day and will love you forever as of the day after". There is one, sweet kiss in this volume, and that is it. So, if you are looking for something sexier, you aren't going to find it right now. Way cool. I look for the relationship to grow, slowly, over the next books. Wonderful story development! Great character development and world building. Just a truly lovely book, the first of a series that I am greatly looking forward to enjoying.
The series is on my "Must-Read" list now, and should you enjoy really good UF with a realistic bent on witchcraft, this is a wonderful series to add to your shelves!
Adriel even shares my feelings about vampires: "Vampires. Are. Dead. . . Dead is not sexy. . . The bite of a vampire is for one purpose only. It is so the the beast can feed. That is not sexy." So, what's not to like? Nothing from my perspective; just bought the sequel Under Witch Aura (Moon Shadow Series)
Under Witch Moon is set in Santa Fe, NM and has a good feeling of time and place. Fans of Tony Hillerman should like this also.
The storyline in this novel is much darker and complicated than I expected. Ms. Schneider has taken great care to make her plot believable and as logical as it can be to draw us into the conspiracy that makes up her story as well as the magic that Adreil spells to insure the best possible outcome. Her characters were all well developed. Lynx was a great character, it was easy to buy into his situation and Adreil's affection for him. I also really liked White Feather and enjoyed watching his and Adreil's relationship and respect for each other develop. I even enjoyed the Vampire and his role in the whole scheme of things. Sheila, the evil voodoo witch, was scary as hell! *shudders* She was the epitome of nightmares.
All in all this is a unique captivating story that will make you shudder and have you cheering for witches and warlocks.
Format/Typo Issues: I found no significant issues with editing or formatting.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy.** June 24, 2014