About the Book
MOONSET (Legacy of Moonset #1)
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 .. .
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I love stories about witches and warlocks. Probably explains my love of Willow on Buffy and Magnus in the TMI and ID series. And I have seriously enjoyed Scott Tracey’s Witch Eyes series. So when I first saw the summary of Moonset I gleefully added its release date to my calendar. Lucky for me, I didn’t have to wait that long. Thank you Net Galley and Flux for giving us the chance to read Moonset before the release date. It was everything I was expecting and hoping for.
When the adults of the Moonset were killed, they left behind five orphans. Five children that have been continuously punished by the Congress for the sins of their parents. Oh, they haven’t been tortured or anything. But they have been neglected. Out of fear, the Congress has never allowed them to learn magic which in turn has left them unable to control the powers they have. They have been moved from town to town, not allowing them to form any friendships outside their coven. And they have had to raise themselves since their guardians only offer careless babysitting services at the very most.
Our hero, Justin Dagget, is a peacekeeper. He is the one person that can keep peace amongst the other children of Moonset. A trait that sometimes makes him tremendously weak and other times extremely strong. With the exception of Malcolm, who seems to be a calm and laid back sort of guy, the other “siblings” are all emotional messes. Bailey has ridiculously strong powers that she sometimes can’t control. That issue doesn’t help her continuous attempts to be one of the popular kids. Cole is socially awkward. That awkwardness gives way to hilarious but inappropriately timed responses to stressful situations. Some of the funniest moments in this book involve Cole. Then there is Jenna. Jenna is Justin’s so-called twin. So-called because they share a father and were born minutes apart. She is Justin’s opposite. She is an instigator and her “in your face” and “kiss my ass” attitude make her seem an obvious target for recruitment to whatever dark forces there are at play. Justin is the glue that holds this motley crew together.
When these five misfits are moved to Carrow Mill, Justin and his siblings find it more difficult than usual to determine who they can trust - which in their case is usually nobody. Strange things begin to happen after their arrival and Justin is lost as to how to protect himself and his brothers and sisters. As Justin begins to pick up pieces of a puzzle he doesn’t understand he needs to find out who in Carrow Mill is there to help them and who is not.
As you can probably tell, I thoroughly enjoyed Moonset. The characters were extremely engaging. The plot kept me glued to every page. And my favorite part is the level of detail Scott Tracey put into developing his story. My favorite examples of this are the quotes in the beginning of each chapter. Instead of choosing existing quotes from our world, each chapter is headed by quotes from the fallen Moonset coven and testimonials from numerous books and files written and compiled after the fall of Moonset. These are all fictional non-fiction and tell another piece of the story that isn’t necessarily included in what we read from Justin’s point of view.
I absolutely loved this book and cannot wait for the next installment in the story. Scott Tracey has yet again delivered on a great book that everyone will enjoy.
Check out the next stops on the Moonset Blog Tour!
Apr. 8th - Tynga's Reviews - Interview
Apr. 8th - Bibliojunkies - Review
Apr. 9th - A Dream Within A Dream - Guest Post
Apr. 9th - BookPics - Review
Apr. 10th - JeanBookNerd - Interview
Apr. 11th - Short and Sweet Reviews - Guest Post
Apr. 12th - Reader Girls - Guest Post
Apr. 13th - Unabridged Bookshelf - Review
Apr. 14th - Fiktshun - Interview
About the Author
Scott Tracey is a YA author who lived on a Greyhound for a month, wrote his illustrated autobiography at the age of six, and barely survived Catholic school (and definitely not for the reasons you might think).
He is the author of WITCH EYES, chosen as one of Amazon’s Best LGBT Books of 2011, as well as an ALA Popular Paperback in the Forbidden Romance category. The final book in the WITCH EYES trilogy, PHANTOM EYES, will be released in the fall of 2013.
He is also the author of MOONSET, a new series which will be released April 8, 2013, as well as a contributor to the SHADOWHUNTERS & DOWNWORLDERS anthology, edited by Cassandra Clare.
His career highlights include: accidentally tripping a panic alarm which led to nearly being shot by the police; attacked in a drive-thru window by a woman wielding a baked potato, and once moving cross country for a job only to quit on the second day.
His gifts can be used for good or evil, but rather than picking a side, he strives for BOTH (in alternating capacity) for his own amusement.
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