First Moon picks up the morning after Returning Moon [Book 2] ends. (As always, I highly recommend reading the prior books before reading this one.)
Bane County is definitely one of my favorite series of werewolf books. I look forward to each new installment. One of the reasons that I enjoy this series so much is that each book varies in tone. While each book has horror elements, each book can also stand within a separate genre. (Book 1 - "Coming-of-Age", Book 2 - "Action-Adventure", and Book 3 can also be classified as "Mystery/Suspense".)
Another reason that makes this series stand above the rest is the Science behind the creatures. (Though I will say that this book runs the closest to lycanthropic mythology, though with a great scientific twist.)
This particular book in the series seems like it does have some extra padding to it. (Which I can easily forgive, since this is part of an on-going saga. I am sure part of holding things back is ultimately for what is yet to come.) With that said, I will say that Rice knows how to dangle the action/suspense/mystery just like the proverbial carrot, while at the same time building the sense of ever impending doom. (Once the outright horror hits its stride, it has a 30 Days of Night vibe to it, which is awesome!)
If you enjoyed the first two books, you will definitely enjoy this one as well! If you have yet to read Book 1 [Forgotten Moon], what are you waiting for?!?
I've been a fan of the Bane County Book series since Book 1. I've always been a fan of the werewolf genre but most of the books have gotten away from the myth of the werewolf. This book series takes you straight back to the beginning - an old fashioned horror novel. Book 3 - "First Moon" is my favorite of the series so far. I don't want to give anything away but it's a page turner from page one. It definitely helps to have read the first two books - you are more invested into Jackson, Bryce, and Sheriff Culley at this point. At the end of Book 2 you think you know where Book 3 will be headed but it was a surprise for me and one I can't wait to read more of in Book 4 - "Hungry Moon". If you love true horror and suspense this is the book series for you. Beware if you read this book at home at night - you will find yourself checking your doors and windows - I know I certainly did :)
Wow! Loved Loved Loved. There was suspense and characters that I really liked and cared about. I especially like Jackson. I would love to see him become sheriff. I love the way there were “werewolf” type creatures and now a wolf man also. I cannot wait until the next book. I want to thank the author. Werewolves have always been my favorite monster and for a while I could not find a good werewolf novel. I am tired of zombies and I hate twilight type werewolves. I want to encourage everyone who enjoys the series to give a good review so that we can continue to read well written horror stories, especially about werewolves. Thanks JR!
Ok, I have been a fan of the Werewolf and Vampire genres since I was a boy and saw American Werewolf in London and the original Nick Knight (starring Rick Springfield; which later became Forever Knight starring Geraint Wyn Davies). I have watch many movies (Bram Stoker's Dracula and the Underworld series) and Television shows (Werewolf; starring John J. York and Lance LeGault, Dark Shadows; starring Ben Cross as Barnabas Collins) throughout the 1980's and 1990's. I have read a multitude of books on the same genres and I have to say that I have never been grabbed, held and captivated with a story from everything previous to discovering the Bane County series. Mr. Rice, keep them coming! While I do see an eventual end to the series, I hope that you will continue with something JUST as good if not something similar. Started and finished the 3rd book in the same day...now I will be "gnawing" at the bit for the continuation of the story. Anyone who likes this genre or if you enjoy a book or a series that has a phenomenal story, I recommend that you start with book one and enjoy.
Love the flow of this book! Definitely love the characters! The DI’s in Sonoma, Jackson & Bryce are my favorite. I enjoyed reading about each individual (victim) the getting to know them a little bit made it hard to accept their fate! Kept finding myself grinding my teeth speaking to them out loud, “no you dummy don’t do that!” I’m really hoping that now that the whole world is getting involved that we will get a closer look at the origins of the beasts and what they are feeling/thinking. That is if they aren’t truly just wild beasts. Can’t wait for the next book!!
I could write a manifesto raving about this series. All 3 books are great and keep getting better. If you only read the first book you will be totally surprised by the direction the story has taken. There was only so much that could be done continuing that story line. It was brilliant and stands on its own. Book 2 opened up the needed developments to continue this as a series. Book 3 ... wow ... it's brilliant but with that comes the typical drawback ... write another one ASAP. Like a great TV show that leaves you hanging until the next season. All I can say is that I can't wait for book 4!!!!!
Author JR Rice hooked me in Forgotten Moon, the first installment in the Bane County series. I knew it was the kind of story doesn’t come around very often. It’s that special. It had a refreshingly creative premise, combining a hair-raising creep factor with a coming-of-age story that brought me back to the early work of Stephen King (think Stand by Me, only a lot scarier). The series deepened in Returning Moon. Now all Hell has broken loose in First Moon. While introducing new concepts and characters, Rice makes sure we are all kept well acquainted with the charm of the series’ bloody roots. Or shall I say, teeth?
I have read all 3 books in the series so far. All are well written and while the theme is the same each book evolves and expands on the previous revelations. Character development is good and believable and you care what happens to them. There are good tense moments and appropriate gore levels. Spoiler Alert I did find the cannibalism and move towards ‘zombie’ Apocalypse in book 3 a move away from the more ‘enjoyable’ werewolf genre but I still enjoyed it enough that I am eagerly awaiting book 4 with, hopefully, a return to more werewolf-like theme. P.S. Science aspects well researched. Please write faster!!!
First off, I had read the first two books (Bane County: Forgotten Moon and Bane County: Returning Moon) in the series, and they were great. To me, there's nothing like a great werewolf book, and I've read many, many of them. However, this book, the third in the series, has surpassed the first two. It was kind of surprising because, as with most movies, follow-up books aren't always as good as the first. To us a cliché, there's chills and thrills! And some humor. The author, JR Rice, gave the usual disclaimer that, paraphrasing, if you haven't read the first 2 in the series, it's not necessary to enjoy the new one. I can agree to that. HOWEVER, I recommend that you read the first 2 books. There are characters mentioned in the new book that go back to the first one. Again, it's not crucial but it's important to have the backstory to get the fullness of this really entertaining werewolf saga. I can't wait for the 4th book to come out. Oh, tonight I'll start to re-read all 3 novels. Probably be up all night!
I can say that this series has been the best one I’ve read in years and I’ll be eagerly awaiting the next installment. I’m normally not a fan of sequels in the horror genre but not only has each one met the bar set by the original but it has evolved into something wonderfully chilling. The characters and plot are well thought out and the werewolves themselves are something I can really sink my teeth into. All in all, a fine read.