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It's a fun story with engaging characters. One piece of advice.... just skip, entirely, every chapter that is from Sarah's perspective. They are absolutely useless and boring. Sarah's character adds less than zero to the story and even though she is the sister of one of the more interesting characters I cant find one reason why she is in this story other than to add pages. Also, the explanation of how the werewolfs only eat once a month, can only change under the full moon, and how the retain human skeleton during change (the change consists only of cartilage), are examples of details that will pull you out of the book and break the story. But if you can forget these absurd plot devices the story is engaging. I'll probably read book 3.
Book nr 2 takes up the story right where it left in nr 1, its just as well written and a page turner, there are som actions lacking logic and this is the reason for not giving 5 stars but the storyline is good and caracters well described, you get to care for the heros and i find this a fun read and look forward to book 3, already downloaded in Kindle app
Wolf Moon picks up from the previous book Wolf Blood (yes you must read that first).
Leanna has hit the ground running and the British government is left playing catch-up.
‘The news networks were calling it the New Year’s Massacre. Hundreds had been killed in the overnight riots, either in the street battles started by vigilantes, or else by the mysterious and sinister creatures that had suddenly appeared just after midnight, bringing London’s New Year’s Eve celebrations to a sudden and violent close.’
The prime minister has called an emergency meeting of the government’s COBRA committee in response.
Leanna wants to be queen of the werewolves, she’s an idealist who wants to make the world a better place. She doesn’t just want to cure diseases she wants to free humanity from all weakness.
‘Oh no. I’m not mad. I’m a wolf. You see, lycanthropy is a fast track for human evolution. It culls the weak and gives unimaginable powers to the strong. It will transform the world in ways that people like you are too blinkered even to imagine.”
The problem is Lycanthropy doesn’t spread very easily at all. The virus can only be passed on via a bite, scratch or a blood transfusion. It doesn’t spread through casual contact and so it’s not highly contagious but Leanna is determined to help it along and so she’s started to inject the virus. The main problem she faces is the test subjects are dying, the virus requires a strong host, the weak just can’t survive the transition.
Lycanthropy also appears to effect everyone differently. While everyone grows in strength and athletic ability some develop faster reaction times, improved memory, dulled emotion and empathy and in some cases greatly increased intelligence.
With this information we have to fear for the human race.
We catch-up and with all the characters from the first book and it’s through them the story develops.
Chris and Seth are finally heading out of London and towards Hereford. Liz is trying to come to terms with New Year’s Eve and what happened to her. Kevin sees an opportunity and finally feels things are turning around for him, Mihai is his constant companion. James saved Melanie but he’s riddled with guilt about the things he’s done, he’s mourning Samuel and Leanna’s wants him dead. Chanita continues to work to the best of her ability. Vijay, Rose and Drake are in hospital after their New Year’s Eve adventures. Ben is persuaded to help on the neighbourhood watch and Doctor Helen Eastgate has been watching Leanna closely and knows far more than anyone realises but will she get a chance to get this information out.
This is a riveting read and I’m totally invested in these characters and their lives, I need to know what happens next.
As I said in my review for Wolf Blood this is not my normal read. My genre is romance but despite the complete lack of romance this book has me hooked.
Anyone familiar with my reviews knows I very rarely give 5* but this book came very close.
Any quotes I used are from the ARC and may change in the final edition
I voluntarily read a review copy kindly provided by the author.
Wolf Moon is the sequel to Wolf Blood, and boy, it's a doozy. The story picks up immediately after the first book ends, so if you haven't read book one, you probably should do that like ASAP. Trust me. You won't regret it.
Wolf Moon follows a variety of characters from the first book as they deal with the current werewolf apocalypse. You've got Leanna, who's deemed herself Queen of the Werewolves. She and her biker gang of wolves, aptly named The Wolf Brothers, are hell-bent on infecting as many people as possible so they can take over and rule the world. The time of humans is over, according to her.
Then you've got Liz, a policewoman who is trying to deal with what happened to her in the first book. Will she turn when the full moon rises again?
James, a werewolf who betrayed his kind, according to Leanna, is determined not to kill anyone ever again. But when his new friends are threatened, he'll have to make a choice: kill or be killed.
Add in Rose and Vijay, Chris and Seth, and Melanie and Ben, and you've got yourself an interesting cast of characters who are trying to survive not only the werewolves, but the insanity that seems to have taken over everywhere.
The government is adamant that they can keep this new disease from spreading. The newly formed Neighborhood Watch believes they can play God. And the rioters and protesters think they can take on anyone and everyone.
Wolf Moon is just as intense as Wolf Blood, if not more so. It's a crazy ride through the depths of hell, and not everyone is going to survive this one.
I really liked the way the story played out, and the ending left me wanting more. I'm definitely looking forward to a third book.
Although werewolves are horrifying to me, and I normally avoid anything involving them because of my deep-seated fear (thanks, Stephen King!), I can't recommend this series enough. Seriously. So good.
If you enjoy your horror to be visceral and in your face, then you definitely need to check out the Lycanthropic books. You won't be disappointed.
Good story-telling with believable characters in an unbelievable situation.My complaint (as is often the case) is the inaccurate portrayal of military and police responses. While popular culture likes to paint these organizations as slow-witted and easy to catch wrong-footed the reality is they think about contingencies, worst case scenarios, and back-up plans all the time. Advancing a narrative with this in mind just makes a better story.
I read this through in a single setting, to say the story is engrossing is to understate the true nature of this tale. The story is brutal and at times unnecessarily so, violent death comes to the young and the old, the author seems to favor a take no prisoners approach to writing. But. whatever his motives may be, the book is an excellent read.
A different and interesting take on lycans. Story contains melodrama, action, bits of romance, more than one villain, and more than one hero. All in all a treat with a plausible story-line wrested from myth. Good reads on books one and two. Looking forward to book three.
Calculated decisions made by the werewolves changes directly connected to moonshine hitting the person to make changing into the wolf possible differences in what is enhanced wolf to wolf really interesting can’t wait to read #3