Moonset [NOOK Book]

Overview

A new series about teenage witches and their troubling family legacy

Justin Daggett, his trouble-making sister, and their three orphan-witch friends have gotten themselves kicked out of high school. Again. Now they’ve ended up in Carrow Mills, New York, the town where their parents—members of the terrorist witch organization known as Moonset—began their evil experiments with the dark arts one generation ago.

When the siblings are accused of ...

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Moonset

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Overview

A new series about teenage witches and their troubling family legacy

Justin Daggett, his trouble-making sister, and their three orphan-witch friends have gotten themselves kicked out of high school. Again. Now they’ve ended up in Carrow Mills, New York, the town where their parents—members of the terrorist witch organization known as Moonset—began their evil experiments with the dark arts one generation ago.

When the siblings are accused of unleashing black magic on the town, Justin fights to prove their innocence. But tracking down the true culprit leads him to a terrifying discovery about Moonset’s past . . . and its deadly future.

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Editorial Reviews

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.)
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: 9780738736525
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Series: Legacy of Moonset, #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 726,458
  • File size: 2 MB

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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