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by Scott Tracey
     
 

Malcolm Denton wants to be free . . .

. . . of the unbreakable coven bond that ties him to his siblings, of his life as a witch in the hated Moonset coven, and of everythingmagical.

His longing attracts the attention of a demonic Abyssal Prince who offers Malcolm a deal: uncover the truth about a twenty-year-old murder and the

Overview

Malcolm Denton wants to be free . . .

. . . of the unbreakable coven bond that ties him to his siblings, of his life as a witch in the hated Moonset coven, and of everythingmagical.

His longing attracts the attention of a demonic Abyssal Prince who offers Malcolm a deal: uncover the truth about a twenty-year-old murder and the Prince can sever the coven bond.

If only it were that simple. Malcolm soon realizes that working with the Prince means getting everything he ever wanted. But it also means betraying his siblings, condemning the teens of Carrow Mill to the Prince’s dark agenda, and learning that the Moonset orphans’ special bond goes deeper than he ever imagined.

Editorial Reviews

Voya Reviews, April 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 1) - Sean Rapacki
The first book in this series was fairly compelling despite frequent violations of the “show don’t tell” rule of writing, thanks to its having a fairly down-to-earth narrator. The second book, however, abandons Justin’s point of view in favor of that of his coven-brother Malcolm, whose whiny reluctance to embrace all things witchy gets old quickly. The result is a story which fails to engage readers. Although this book has witches, demons, secrets, and bloodshed galore, this reviewer felt peculiarly uninterested while reading. At one point in the story, readers learn of a spell that, when cast improperly, leaves the caster permanently devoid of feeling. Although the effects of this novel are not lasting, it does seem to cast a spell to make readers not care about the protagonist or other characters. There may be some interest in this title from teens who have got the witchcraft bug thanks to American Horror Story, but in general this series is an optional purchase. Reviewer: Sean Rapacki; Ages 12 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-03-03
The children of a defeated terrorist witch coven called Moonset uncover more of their parents' legacy in this sequel to Moonset (2013). A far cry from the previous volume's responsible, leader-type narrator, Justin, Malcolm hates magic and is uncomfortable with the bond shared by the Moonset children. His distaste for magic and the bond—things generally considered desirable—is palpable in his narration, especially his hyperawareness of sibling dynamics as they strategize and gang up against him and his anti-magic stance. He's tired of having his destiny entwined with those he considers unstable, and he views the bond as a vulnerability. But despite his avoidance of the magical world, an Abyssal Prince who escaped from hell during the climax of Moonset seeks him out. The nameless Prince—lonely, beautiful and sad—captivates Malcolm despite his understanding of its infernal nature. The Prince requests that Malcolm help find the body of its Abyssal sister, Kore, previously killed by Moonset. The Prince also pushes Malcolm to explore more—and darker—implications of the coven bond, which inadvertently strengthens Malcolm. Should he play to the Prince's agenda? Although the prose—plagued by awkward phrasing—could be smoother, the story is nicely built, and Malcolm is a sympathetic narrator. Moreover, despite Malcolm's tendency toward introspection, the plot doesn't flag. A solid sequel. (Urban fantasy. 14-18)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738736495
Publisher:
Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
Publication date:
04/08/2014
Series:
The Legacy of Moonset, #2
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
1,226,891
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Scott Tracey aspired to be a writer from a young age. His debut novel, Witch Eyes, was named to the 2012 Popular Paperbacks for Young Readers list in the forbidden romance category and ranked among the top ten gay and lesbian Kindle books of 2011 at Amazon.com. Tracey lives near Cleveland, Ohio.

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