Moonset (Legacy of Moonset Series #1)

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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 ...

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Overview

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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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: 4/8/2013
  • Series: Legacy of Moonset Series , #1
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 639,388
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Posted April 1, 2013

    The story is told by Justin, the son of the leader of Moonset. H

    The story is told by Justin, the son of the leader of Moonset. He is the peacekeeper, trying desperately to keep his twin sister, Jenna, from wrecking things everywhere they go. But now their lives are on the line, something is coming from them and the more they learn about their parents and the town of Carrow Mill, the more secrets they try to uncover. Justin will have to step up, will have to break the rules, if he has any chance of keeping his family safe.

    What I really liked about this story was the politics angle. It does a good job of showing how the covens interact with their governing body, and how people can do terrible things for the greater good. The world building is deep and interesting, with a cool twist on how magic works.

    Character wise, I would have liked to see a little more development of the side characters. Don’t get me wrong, they all have distinct… I hesitate to say personalities, archetypes? I'd have liked for Jenna to be more than just the troublemaker. For Malcolm to be more than just the gay gym bunny who shies away from using magic. For Cole to be more than the hyperactive disciple to Jenna. For Bailey to be more than the sweet little girl who only wants a pet and to make friends. Considering how tight knit the family unit of these five teens are, I expected Justin to give them a bit more screen time. The only side characters to get a more in depth treatment are Quinn, the current guardian, and Ash, the love interest. And the only reason why they get that depth is because it bumps Justin’s own development as a character.

    That said, I quite enjoyed the book. It slows down significantly in parts, but at no point did I wish for a hardcopy so I could throw it across the room. I will probably pick up the next book in the series to see how the story progresses. I am kind of hoping the books will switch up POVs so I can get to know the other Moonset siblings better.

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