Light of the Moon (Legend of the Dreamer, Book 1)

Light of the Moon (Legend of the Dreamer, Book 1)

by David James

NOOK Book(eBook)

$1.99
View All Available Formats & Editions

Available on Compatible NOOK Devices and the free NOOK Apps.
WANT A NOOK?  Explore Now
LEND ME® See Details

Overview

One night long ago, a constellation disappeared and fell from the sky in the form of a boy...

Secrets are being kept in the sleepy town of Lakewood Hollow, Colorado. Nothing but pools of blood and dripping words are left where bodies once were, and no one but Calum Wade seems to be worried. Life unfolds in shades of red for Calum, until a mysterious girl named Kate Black enrolls at his school and everything changes. Suddenly a dangerous world of dream demons, elemental enchanters, and blood witches unfurls before Calum. He learns that the stars have forever held his destiny, and that the constellations above are much more than what they seem. As Kate and Calum sink deep into a paranormal war, they realize that an ancient prophecy might hold the answers they seek. But life is not so easy for Calum, and he can feel his heart beat faster whenever Kate is close. Worse, Kate's blood holds a dark secret even more dangerous than the war between the demons and enchanters. Soon the two find that there are worse things than loving someone you shouldn't. For Calum and Kate, even love and the fiery power of stars may not be enough to break a curse as dark as the blood that binds their destiny.

A romantic story of true love and dark curses, Light of the Moon will leave you breathless.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015904451
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/03/2012
Series: Legend of the Dreamer , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 372
File size: 841 KB

About the Author

David James writes books about stars and kisses and curses. He is the author of the Legend of the Dreamer series. Living in Michigan, he is addicted to coffee, gummy things, and sarcastic comments. Be sure to visit David’s blog and facebook to learn more about his various addictions and novels.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Light of the Moon 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Rick_Chiantaretto More than 1 year ago
David James has done an incredible job with Light of the Moon. From the very beginning the interaction between Calum and his mother set the stage for characterization that does not disappoint. Not only did I find myself invested in Calum and Kate (the book's main characters), but I found I had a strange affinity for the supporting characters as well, especially Tyler. There is an entire race of villains, which I'm sure will get expanded on in the next books. Of particular interest was the Bloodletter, who feels the most imminent and threatening. He definitely satisfied my desire for a strong and believable antagonist. Calum's perspective, itself, was sort of new and exciting for me. David writes Calum as a guy who is very in tune with his emotions—for once we have a guy who isn't afraid to feel or express those feelings. This played well into Calum's unique personality (in light of who he really is), and gave us an interesting perspective into both Calum's character, and the author's life experiences. The plot moved quickly, and was full of enough twists to keep me interested. After I finished the book I emailed the author demanding the next one. Yup, David turned me into one of THOSE readers...
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
Taking me beyond what I thought, I really liked this book! I'm going to talk about something I don't normally talk about. The words. This author has a way of writing words so beautifully and woven together its likes poetry. Many times, I found myself re-reading lines cause I just adored how wonderful it was written. You can really tell that he took his time writing a story and that is not dumbed down but carefully written. The prologue itself took my breathe away. The plot of the book is magical. A curse going on for generations of these characters can stop it. I love how the plot is interwoven beautifully with constellations! The love interest in the book is what I thought it be. Two people forced on paths with imaginable obstacles that they must face. One light and one dark, I'm interested in seeing if their love will be strong enough to last.  And that is why this book is good. An unlikely pair in the midst of a long standing war draws m,y attention. It's solid, flowing beautifully from word to word.  Painting a magnificent picture that is believable and breath-taking, Light Of The Moon shines!
MJosephMurphy More than 1 year ago
In the spirit of disclosure, I met David on Twitter (@djamesauthor). He is the nicest, sweetest guy you could ever hope to meet. So I was worried that his book was going to suck. After reading the prologue I stopped, took a breath and read it again.  It's good. Really good. In fact, it's probably better than it has any right to be. You will not be able to read this book quickly. It forces you to slow down, to take your time. I drank in sections like wine. There are moments when I'm reading David's writing and it feels like I'm witnessing a young  Clive Barker at work. I don't use that comparison lightly either. I dare you to read the prologue and not feel the same way. It is a YA work and the elements in high school made me feel like I was right back there. And that wasn't the scariest part. Even though it is YA, David throws himself firmly into horrific elements in the final act that made ME cringe. The action scenes are well-written and frantic with action. The romantic moments are quiet and tender, like the first time you tenderly kiss someone while melting in their arms. Reading Light of the Moon made me remember that it's okay to be literary and polished artistically even if you're writing genre. I bought the e-book first. After a few chapters I realized I needed to have the physical version too. The physical version is great because it has questions for discussion at the end. And it hit me: why don't more books do this? What a simple and yet amazing idea. In closing, Light of the Moon is a very solid, enjoyable book. Most amazing for me is the hints of what a stellar (sorry for the pun) writer David James is. We can expect great things from him.
DAR69 More than 1 year ago
Title: Light of the Moon Author: David James Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Grade/Rating: 4/5 *Before reading please be aware that a few spoilers are mentioned* “One night long ago, a constellation disappeared and fell from the sky in the form of a boy… Secrets are being kept in the sleepy town of Lakewood Hollow, Colorado. Nothing but pools of blood and dripping words are left where bodies once were, and no one but Calum Wade seems to be worried. Life unfolds in shades of red for Calum, until a mysterious girl named Kate Black enrolls at his school and everything changes. Suddenly a dangerous world of dream demons, elemental enchanters, and blood witches unfurls before Calum. He learns that the stars have forever held his destiny, and that the constellations above are much more than what they seem. As Kate and Calum sink deep into a paranormal war, they realize that an ancient prophecy might hold the answers they seek. But life is not so easy for Calum, and he can feel his heart beat faster whenever Kate is close. Worse, Kate’s blood holds a dark secret even more dangerous than the war between the demons and enchanters. Soon the two find that there are worse things than loving someone you shouldn’t. For Calum and Kate, even love and the fiery power of stars may not be enough to break a curse as dark as the blood that binds their destiny.” Like all good things, I happened to come upon the work of David James purely by accident. An author I dearly love had tweeted about his new cover reveal one day. Curious, I went to his blog. And yes, the cover was brilliant; but so was the synopsis of the book. I was intrigued. David James kindly offered me the ARC of his new Young Adult novel Light of the Moon for purposes of this review. This is a thrilling and heroic Young Adult novel, with an intriguing paranormal storyline. From the onset, fans will welcome the two young characters, Calum and Kate, as they each struggle to discover what part they play in saving the world from death and destruction. Having been raised in a broken home filled with emotional abuse, Calum struggles to be someone other than the mirrored reflection of the father that abandoned him. His mother drowns her sorrows in alcohol and drinks to forget, while Calum fights with his feelings of worthlessness. Besides his best friend Tyler, he feels utterly alone in his world, until a new girl with violet eyes arrives in his school. Calum feels a strong connection with her. But like so much in his life, she is just another unanswered question. In the back of his mind, he believes he is something more, something greater, and his nightly dreams reinforce this belief. A binding spell keeps him from remembering. He must hurry in his struggle with self-identity because Evil has arrived, and it is here to claim Calum and all of humanity . He must be vigilant in his quest to find the key to unlocking his past secrets. Always present in the back of his mind is a voice “Become who you are Calaes.“ Opposite his character is Kate who is strong , stubborn, and fiercely independent. She has her own internal conflicts to contend with. After her parents were killed and branded traitors by the Warriors and Elder Counsel, she was taken in and raised by them. Her sisters are the only family left, and they are missing. The warriors assure her that they will help find them. She proves herself to be an excelled warrior and has been assigned as Calum’s executioner. They instill within her the belief that Calum should not be trusted and ultimately be destroyed. But Calum is not what she expected; and whenever she is around him, she is reminded of a time when life was much more innocent. Kate now finds herself doubting everything that she has been told. I could see the way he wanted things: Family, friends, love. I could see the way he looked at me like he knew me. Like he cared. With Calum I was beginning to not trust myself, and I hated that. Times like this I couldn’t remember who I was now, only who I was before. There is an attraction that builds between the two. Not only could that attraction prove to be the ruin of man’s existence but also the end to a terrible curse that Calum has yet to understand. When you fall in love, true love, you will need your mother’s protection no more. It’s said that an act of true love will break your curse, but be the curse itself. Love is your curse, and it is your salvation. It will free us, and trap you. When that happens, the Devil will find you, and be granted the power to kill you once and for all time. I was captivated with these two characters and the world that the author had conjured. This is an absorbing tale with all the larger than life characters one would expect from paranormal fiction. It is a fast-pace read with an intricate background story, and the author does a good job of telling the information. The characters morph and grow throughout the story becoming the hero and heroine that they were meant to become. Despite all the obstacles, Calum and Kate begin to bond; and as hard as they try, love is just an emotion they cannot control. I would have liked to have seen more development with Calum and Kate’s relationship. I wanted to see a more vulnerable side to Kate, to see Calum strip her defenses bare, and to have them engage in a few soft and tender moments. Since the pace of the book is fast (which I like), the relationship between the two almost seems rushed. With the fate of the world at risk and what loving each other would have meant, I would have liked to have seen more gut-wrenching, sob-inducing emotion between the two. What I found refreshing was the poems within the story itself. Words crossed out within the context of the poems and the sentences within the story were something I’ve not seen too much of in a book. So it was different. Not odd different, but more of a “Oh that’s kind of cool” different. Throughout the story, as Calum fights his internal battle to be something more than what he is, he crosses out words to underscore certain phrases to emphasize the characters’ feelings. I found it quite heartbreaking at times to see Calum wrestle with his past along with his overwhelming need to detach himself from his father. He was a boy that seemed so lost and unwanted. From Calum’s scribblings: I am nothing without truth someone more than this. I am someone. Am I even alive? Who am I? So in summary, I found the book to be engaging, and I believe that young readers, ages 13 and up, will be thrilled with the world this author has fabricated. I’ll certainly be looking forward to more of this author’s works. ~Rosette Literati Literature Lovers
trentitude More than 1 year ago
Light of the Moon was absolutely amazing! I am not exaggerating when I say I read it three times in one week and fell EVEN more in love with it each time! David James' writing style is beautifully poetic and captivating. As I was reading I could actually see the images in my mind and feel the character's feelings. As I read I became completely mesmerized and absorbed in the book. Each time I read it i felt just as mesmerized, and caught something new in the book. The story itself is a wonderful mixture of reality and paranormal fantasy. The character's back-stories make the characters very believable and relate-able. The paranormal adventure is just another exciting aspect of the book. And the book is deliciously creative. It is exciting and romantic; heartbreaking and inspiring. While the book is a love story or sorts the character's love for each other is not immediate. Their bond develops and grows throughout the story. The story is far more than just a love story though. In his book, David addresses the power of love and diversity. The two main characters, Calum and Kate, are not what they think they are. Each character has a perception of who they as well as who the other one is. And they both find out that their preconceived notions of both themselves and each other are wrong. Each character learns the secrets of their pasts and the impact that they have on the future. The more you learn about the characters, the more you can't help but fall in love with them. Together they learn what true love, courage, and strength are. I bought this book in e-book and paperback format. like I said I read the e-book 3 times and can't wait for the paperback to arrive so I can read it again. The paperback has extra stuff that I absolutely cannot wait to discover. It is a good thing that there are 2 novellas coming out before the release of the sequel shadow of the Sun because I cannot wait for more. It has been an amazing adventure so far and I cannot wait to read more. I have no doubt that the rest of author David James' books will be just as beautiful, poetic, exciting, romantic, and EPIC. I really am not sure that my words can do this book justice! It truly is a MUST read!
DaniLove413 More than 1 year ago
Well let me tell you this book is seriously amazing. I got so pumped up with this book and thought I knew exactly what it was going to be about, boy was I wrong, but in a very good way. I’m still not used to reading books by male authors, were love actually has a while to develop; it’s not the characters meet and instant love. Lol. This book is seriously deep and you have to pay attention to the details. Once I got started I couldn’t stop, I tried so I can go to sleep, yeah well it didn’t happen that way at all. I was up till 1am reading to the very end and left wanting more. So the book is about a boy named Calum, well a boy who thinks he’s a boy but is so much more. He’s had a rough home life, his dad was horrible, his mom was there but not in the way she should have been. His saving grace was his best friend Tyler. I absolutely love Tyler, he’s the perfect friend for Calum, especially now that things are getting interesting. Calum keeps having these nightmares that seem like warnings but he doesn’t know for sure exactly. The way the author wrote Calum Is amazing. You can’t help but fall in love with him. He’s so much more than he realizes and to me that makes him incredibly sexy, he’s in constant turmoil with his emotions. One of my favorite passages is this: I closed my eyes and pressed into the mark. A wish. Just one. That’s all I needed. I let go and let my heart race against everything my mind said shouldn’t be. A wish. Love. Just one. That’s about 5% in the book and I knew it right there that no matter what, the author made me fall in love with Calum. Then he went to school and the life he knew was going to be forever changed, that change came in the form of a girl named Kate. This is when I started getting confused and my preconceived thoughts on how this book was going to go were blown out of the water. Kate. I’m going to be honest, I didn’t really like her at first, it took me a little while to understand her and a new thought developed. She was so mean to Calum and so cryptic. I mean really who tells someone they have 3 days? 3 Days of what? Well you’re going to have to read to figure that out! As Kate and Calum spend more time together more information is provided and suspicions are confirmed. Kate’s life is just as confusing as Calum’s, and it takes the two of them together to discover what’s real and what’s fake. I was absolutely surprised and loved it, I can't wait for the next one, he left me with a cliffhanger, sigh lol. The author created a magnificent world that is beautifully captivating. So go buy Light of the Moon now and sit down are read it, you just might look at the stars differently.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
HopeGC More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing. Period. David James has written a wonderful book that is a mixture of reality and fantasy and has elements of both adventure and romance. His writing is beautiful and visceral and kept me turning the pages until the early hours of every morning, and it's unusual for me to stay up so late reading like that because I have small children. The first half of the book is where you meet Calum, a seemingly normal teenager with some darkness to his past. You quickly get the impression, however, that not all is as it seems with Calum. It's more than just the fact that he has a broken family and that he feels like he doesn't quite belong. Enter Kate, a new and mysteriously hostile girl at school, and you start to wonder whether she will bring forth some of the answers. I actually immediately liked Kate -- probably because she struck me right off the bat as being a very strong female character, which I think we need more of in the YA literature these days. Calum is definitely more sensitive and emotional as a character, but certainly not weak. I liked the balance between the two. The second half took off in a sprint! This is where you delve into the fantasy world, and it becomes so fast-paced as everything central to Calum's secret unfolds that you will be gasping for air. David James does an amazing job with dropping in details as he goes to solidify the foundation for the story. You learn much more about Kate, her past, and her motivations for her actions, which I really liked. And I didn't know what to expect until the very end. The VERY END. Oh my goodness... The only negative was that I wanted more when I got to the last page. Amazing.