Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Review: Moonset by Scott Tracey

Moonset by Scott Tracey
Legacy of Moonset #1
Release Date: April 8th, 2013
Number of Pages: 384
Publisher: Flux
Source: NetGalley
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Moonset, a coven of such promise . . . Until they turned to the darkness.  
After the terrorist witch coven known as Moonset was destroyed fifteen years ago—during a secret war against the witch Congress—five children were left behind, saddled with a legacy of darkness. Sixteen-year-old Justin Daggett, son of a powerful Moonset warlock, has been raised alongside the other orphans by the witch Congress, who fear the children will one day continue the destruction their parents started.  
A deadly assault by a wraith, claiming to work for Moonset’s most dangerous disciple, Cullen Bridger, forces the five teens to be evacuated to Carrow Mill. But when dark magic wreaks havoc in their new hometown, Justin and his siblings are immediately suspected. Justin sets out to discover if someone is trying to frame the Moonset orphans . . . or if Bridger has finally come out of hiding to reclaim the legacy of Moonset. He learns there are secrets in Carrow Mill connected to Moonset’s origins, and keeping the orphans safe isn’t the only reason the Congress relocated them . . .

Moonset was an interesting novel. I was a little uncertain when I first started this novel, as I was not the biggest fan of Witch Eyes. I still wanted to give this new series a chance. I thought it sounded like something I would enjoy, and I die enjoy the story to a certain level. You know when you read a book and there is a little something missing, but you can’t pinpoint it? Well, that’s what happened here. The premise was really interesting, with the coven, and the story revolving around the children of a terrorist coven. There is a good intrigue, an interesting plot, and I did enjoy reading the novel. Yet, there was still a little something that made it hard for me to love it. I guess it might have something to do with the main character.

The story is told from Justin’s point of view. I didn’t always enjoy following his narration, and I think this book would have gained a lot if there had been maybe a second point of view. There was something about his voice that drew me out of the story, and I can’t really explain why, since I still find Justin to be an interesting character. Jenna was one character I really wish I could have learned more about. We only know she is the troublemaker of the group, and she sounded like a character that could have been really interesting had I learned more about her. She’s not the only one that stood out as one-dimensional. We don’t get to learn much about Malcom, Cole, Bailey, and Jenna. There are characters we do get to know more in dept, like Quinn and Ash, but it wasn’t enough for me.

Overall, I think Legacy of Moonset has a lot of potential, and I will certainly continue this series. Moonset was interesting, and I’m really curious to see where Scott Tracey will be taking the story next. I found the world of magic and witch politic to be really interesting. I do know we will get to know the other characters more in the sequels, and I am really curious to see what will happen next to Justin, Jenna and company.

About the Author:
From GoodReads

Scott wrote his autobiography at age six, and its all been downhill since then. He traveled the country on a Greyhound for a month, devoted a semester of school to starting a series of urban legends, and spent five years perfecting how to say "would you like fries with that" for a short story. Or so he claims.


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