Moonset (Legacy of Moonset Series #1)

Moonset (Legacy of Moonset Series #1)

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by Scott Tracey
     
 

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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,

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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 . . .

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Publishers Weekly
Sins of the parents haunt 17-year-old Justin Daggett and four other children orphaned when the terrorist witch coven known as Moonset was destroyed 15 years ago. All their lives, the Moonset orphans have been guarded and scrutinized against the possibility of their accessing dark magic known as Maleficia, as their parents did before them. In the town of Carrow Mill where Moonset was born, the orphans learn that they are the target of both a warlock and Cullen Bridger, the last survivor of Moonset. Though Tracey’s protagonists have magical abilities, they also bicker, rebel, and agonize over the mysteries of dating like ordinary teens, as they attempt to blend into the mundane world. There’s plenty of sharp banter among the characters, and Justin is an engaging narrator, equally worried about his budding relationship with free-spirited local girl Ash (who succumbs a bit to the manic-pixie-dream-girl model) and about the warlocks stalking him and his family. It’s a promising start to a planned series, with an ending that raises the stakes for a sequel. Ages 12–up. Agent: Ginger Clark, Curtis Brown. (Apr.)
VOYA - Dianna Geers
Justin Dagget's parents were part of a terrorist witch group, the Moonset, before the group was eliminated. That left Justin and his four siblings orphaned, with ties to a terrible past. The orphans are constantly moved around as they grow up, and they begin, in Moonset, having moved to Carrow Mill, New York. After the Dagget siblings' move, they realize that this was the place where their parents began their journey experimenting with dark magic. It does not take long for terrible things to begin happening when Justin and his siblings arrive, and residents are certain he and his siblings are to blame. The first book in a new series, each chapter begins with various quotes from people documenting historical perspectives of the Moonset. Unfortunately, those quotes are the most intriguing and cohesive portions of the book. A main character clumped together with four other siblings may make it difficult for readers to distinguish between the large cast of characters. In addition to characters to keep track of, there are scenes that conflict with the author's intent. One example is a battle with Santa Claus mannequins. The scene is meant to be suspenseful, but readers may find it more humorous than frightening. Although there are certain scenes worthy of reading, this book is recommended for readers who have read similar books and want more of the same. Reviewer: Dianna Geers
Kirkus Reviews
The orphaned children of a terrorist witch coven are pulled into danger and intrigue by their parents' legacy. Justin Daggett is used to getting kicked out of schools--his sister is a notorious troublemaker, and, as they and their three adoptive siblings are a package deal, when one gets removed, the others all follow. Before their executions for waging a brutal war against the witch Congress and other covens, the Moonset coven--Justin and his siblings' parents', whose story is told through chapter epigraphs--cast a powerful curse that prevents their children from being separated. But after an expulsion immediately followed by a wraith attack, possibly linked to the warlock who's the last remnant of the Moonset rebellion, the Congress changes strategy, beefing up the Moonstone children's protection and moving them to the town where their parents started the coven. Justin must piece together the Congress' agenda while under threat from escalating dark magic. Distrusted and feared by other witches, the orphans face suspicion and are kept helpless by protectors who refuse to teach them useful magic despite the attacks. The orphans' attachment is tempered by realistic sibling squabbling, and the characterization in general is rich. While the story's climax comes and goes quickly, the political maneuvering in its aftermath is tense and exciting. Another page-turning magical mystery from Tracey. (Urban fantasy. 14 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738735290
Publisher:
Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
Publication date:
04/08/2013
Series:
Legacy of Moonset Series, #1
Pages:
376
Sales rank:
949,875
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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