A blood moon is rising above Abalon. Werewolves, once heard of only in whispers around the borderlands, have been spotted in villages and towns mere miles from the capital, and the king is worried – worried enough to send Lincoln Clarke to find help.
But hunters this far from Abalon aren’t exactly keen. Lincoln’s gone through half a dozen leads before he finds Moira Ashe lurking in the corner of a tavern, her dark eyes glinting in the candlelight. It takes a bag of gold for Moira to agree even to tell Lincoln what she knows, and more still for her to allow him along on a hunt.
But what should have been a simple job turns out to be anything but. With a suspect Moira can’t pin down and a string of bodies piling up in the beast’s wake, Lincoln finds himself doubting Moira’s skill. And with time running out and the full moon approaching, failure is not an option.
But Moira has her own secrets to protect, and the beast she and Lincoln are hunting may not be the biggest threat after all…
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Werewolves were only stories at the borderlands until now. Abalon is seeing the werewolves in the villages and cities. The king is starting to get worries and sends Lincoln Clarke to stop them. He tries to recruit help but no one is willing to step up. Then he finds Moira Ashe, werewolf hunter extraordinaire. After a lot of bribing she finally agrees but Moira has her own secrets about why she is such a great werewolf hunter. Lincoln is not the brightest pea in the pod but he is charming and oblivious at times. Following his internal dialog was hilarious even though his actions were painfully oblivious at times. Moira is a strong female character that doesn’t take crap off anyone. This is a short but great read. It is a short read and you jump right into it. Plus the cover is just beautiful. Of course because it is a short story/novella I found that it ends rather abruptly. But I do see a second book, Moira Ashe: Kindred Spirits is coming out in August. This is a wonderful read and I think you should check it out. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.
Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite Moira Ashe: Enemy Within by Brendon Bertram is the first installment in a series about a special werewolf hunter. Lincoln, one of the two protagonists, volunteered to find a werewolf hunter who'd be willing to teach him how to hunt the beings that are now starting to infest his own homeland. His travels are quite fruitless as all hunters deny his request - until he finds Moira in a dark tavern. She grudgingly agrees to help him, even allows him to shadow her during her current mission. When Moira fails to kill the most recent werewolf threat, she needs to use her secret weapon, but does not involve Lincoln in this. She does not take Lincoln's curiosity into account though, and Lincoln witnesses something that changes his life forever. Whether Moira's special secret will help Lincoln or cause him tremendous problems is something you'll have to find out yourself. I would have enjoyed Moira Ashe by Brendon Bertram a bit more if it had been part of a boxed set of all novellas in the series, but that's just me. I like long books. I went for this novella anyway, because I felt the characters might be interesting enough. And they were. Lincoln is some kind of dork - but in a fantasy setting - and it's hard not to like him even though he's a bit silly sometimes! Moira, on the other hand, is the mysterious, strong, independent female warrior with a dark secret. She can make tough decisions and do what needs to be done even though it is often not pleasant. Two different worlds collide when those two meet, and it's not easy, especially when Lincoln doesn't quite know which way to go and whether his conscience is telling him the right thing. I also liked that the author managed to give readers some background information about the world in which the story takes place. It's nothing in detail, but it makes you want to know more. While I did not find any of the plot surprising, I enjoyed reading this novella in one sitting. It has a fairly good writing style and engages you through the characters.