Book Critique - The Moon Witch / Blood on the Moon / West of the Moon

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Here are the reviews of the remaining three novellas in the anthology Moon Shadows.

The Moon Witch Review:

Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation: Anthology filled with magic and romance along with the fitting moon element making Jill's story a much pleasure one to read.

The Moon Witch is the second novella in the October 2004 anthology Moon Shadows written by Jill Gregory. The novella is a collaboration between four authors - Nora Roberts, Jill Gregory, Ruth Ryan Langan and Marianne Willman - with tales filled with moon, magic and love. 

Princess Gwynna of Callemore sets out an unusual and difficult journey into the Valley of Org to bring back her sister. However she seeks out Duke Keir of Blackthorne Keep, for he was the only one who had come out of the Valley of Org alive. But Keir does not want to do anything with Gwynna or her quest or the Valley of Org. Will Gwynna convince Keir enough so he can guide her? Will Keir succumb to her quest and follow? Will she bring her sister back?

Another 93 page novella filled with magic and romance along with moon element to keep with the theme of the book. Interestingly enough Jill Gregory is noted for her western historical romance. However here she has a novella filled with romance but with magic that is contrary to her other stories. 

Flair of writing and strong characters has made this story by Jill very interesting. For those who want easy reads, this is a good start. 


Blood on the Moon Review:

Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation: A decent enough plot for a novella, with romance and paranormal elements. An easy read for those lonely nights or busy days.

Blood on the Moon is the third novella in the October 2004 anthology Moon Shadows written by Ruth Ryan Langan. The novella is a collaboration between four authors - Nora Roberts, Jill Gregory, Ruth Ryan Langan and Marianne Willman - with tales filled with moon, magic and love. 

Alana Lamont, daughter of Laird Malcolm Lamont, sets her life on the path of taking care of not only her father, people in their village but also all those victims of Laird Reginald Rothwick's cruelty. Reginald he has been systematically usurping and looting the Highland Villages. Alana is afraid that pretty soon their Highland will be attacked too. But she finds hope in The Dark Angel - one who stood against Laird Reginald. However who is this Dark Angel? Where can she find him? What is the fate of their village?

Although not involving magic, there is definite paranormal element weaved with romance in this plot. And I do agree that the characters are strong and so is the story theme. It is also in the similar lines to historical romances that she writes. Although I missed the actual existence of moon in the plot other than just a few lines about seeing blood on the moon. It would have been perfect if that was more expanded considering the theme of the novellas.

An easy read for those lonely nights or busy days, does not disappoint the reader and delivers everything it is expected to.


West of the Moon

Stars: 2 / 5

Recommendation: Not as impressed as the other three novellas as well as the novella of hers that I read a long time ago. Easy read though.

West of the Moon is the fourth and final novella in the October 2004 anthology Moon Shadows written by Marianne Wilman. The novella is a collaboration between four authors - Nora Roberts, Jill Gregory, Ruth Ryan Langan and Marianne Willman - with tales filled with moon, magic and love. 

Phoebe Sutton comes to Thorne Court to be the housekeeper for Lord Thornwood. However she ends up finding Gordon Tremaine, Lord Thornwood's nephew, once her betrothed. And the one who had backed out of it. Why had he betrayed her? How can she be in the same house alongside with him? In the meanwhile she finds something amiss with Thorne Court itself. What is it? What is happening?

Marianne adds a hell lot of magic and romance to her plot but totally misses out on the moon just like Ruth Ryan Langan's Blood on the Moon plot. The central plot has a Beauty and Beast theme to it. Her characters are very strong though the plot is weak.

However, for some reason, I was getting a lot distracted while reading and missing out lines altogether. Not sure if I wasn’t in the mood or if the writing flair wasn’t good enough to keep me gripped. 

I had read one of her other novella titled Dragon Spell, which was part of the Once Upon A Castle anthology (Review of all four books in the novella here) that she had written along with the same set of authors as this current novella. I had liked that plot of Marianne very much. However this time around it backfired.

Contrarily this time around I had appreciated Ruth Ryan Langan's novella Blood on the Moon in this book as opposed to Falcon's Lair in Once Upon a Castle anthology. Then I hadn't really liked her book. 

Oh well, not every book written by an author would always be liked by the readers. So this comes under that category for me. Will I pick up future Marianne Willman's or Ruth Ryan Langan's books? Perhaps if they come as part of the novellas, but not really as a stand-alone books.

Spoiler Alerts:

1) Grammatical / Geographical / Location / Character / Historical Errors:

a. On Pg. 287, line 1, it should be "…power granted to him."

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