Under Witch Moon

Under Witch Moon

by Maria E. Schneider

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Under Witch Moon by Maria E. Schneider

Adriel should have known that with a werewolf, it never stopped with just one body. She would have gone to the police after witnessing Dolores' death, but she wasn't certain the killer she saw was responsible for the other murders. Besides, the police didn't believe in werewolves, and they weren't going to believe she was a witch either so what could she tell them?

She kept her eyes and ears open while she tried to help her latest client escape the clutches of a voodoo witch, but things went from bad to worse when more bodies turned up. She was greatly relieved when she met White Feather, an undercover cop. Unfortunately, he wasn't convinced she was innocent of all wrong-doing.

It was going to take every spell she knew and a few she hadn't tried to solve the murders and stay alive.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012266668
Publisher: Bear Mountain Books
Publication date: 10/14/2010
Series: Moon Shadow Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 285
File size: 780 KB

About the Author

Maria Schneider grew up in New Mexico where the desert environment required that she embellish the landscape with her imagination. After working in the computer industry for twelve years, she decided technology moved too slowly, and again put her imagination to work, creating messes and then inventing characters to handle all the clean up. She currently resides near Austin, Texas.

You can find her work in such fine magazines as: Towndrunkmag.com, CoyoteWildMag.com and Over My Dead Body.

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Under Witch Moon 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was very nicely done. Wonderful character development, great plot, imaginative magic and plenty of action. All the makings of a great Urban Fantasy. I can't wait to see how Adriel grows more into her magic. I also look forward to more White Feather and Lynx. This is a very nice start to a new series.
ysing More than 1 year ago
Have read everything I could find by this author and love them. Her characters are engaging and very likeable. Highly recommend all her books. I am looking for more and hope she writes another soon.
WyattMills More than 1 year ago
I received this book as part of Barnes and Nobles PubIt review program. Thoroughly enjoyed this story, it was fast paced, full of mystery and who done it, how will they get out of it, and how did they do that questions. Just enough sizzle to keep me interested and wanting more. Maria Schneider has a great character in Adriel and the potential for many more adventures with Adriel, White Feather, and Lynx. I want to see how much more Adriel can grow and develop and I can only imagine the role that both White Feather and Lynx will play in helping her reach her full potential. Move over Rachel Morgan, Adriel is the new girl in town!
wazi More than 1 year ago
Under Witch Moon (Moon Shadow Series) by Maria E. Schneider What starts off as a small protection spell for a misdirected customer quickly mushrooms into a devious scheme involving an evil witch with much farther reaching implications than can be imagined. As the plot grows and the tendrils of the scheme are exposed, Adreil struggles to keep her head above water and her clients safe. The storyline in this novel is much darker and complicated than I expected. Ms. Schneider has taken great care to make her plot believable and as logical as it can be to draw us into the conspiracy that makes up her story as well as the magic that Adreil spells to insure the best possible outcome. Her characters were all well developed. Lynx was a great character, it was easy to buy into his situation and Adreil’s affection for him. I also really liked White Feather and enjoyed watching his and Adreil’s relationship and respect for each other develop. I even enjoyed the Vampire and his role in the whole scheme of things. Sheila, the evil voodoo witch, was scary as hell!  *shudders* She was the epitome of nightmares. All in all this is a unique captivating story that will make you shudder and have you cheering for witches and warlocks. Format/Typo Issues: I found no significant issues with editing or formatting. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy.** June 24, 2014
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Syria_Says More than 1 year ago
Storyline: It has a bit of magic, a dash of romance, a dollop of mystery and an extra helping of action. Adriel is a witch for hire, helping those who can't help themselves (by conventional means, anyway) and when one of her latest clients ends up murdered, she must pull it together and figure out how to stop her killer. But, it isn't as cut and dry as she first thought and things get even more complicated when some vampires, shape shifters and a voodoo witch get involved. Grammar/Spelling: I noticed very few issues with spelling or grammar. I think another good read-through by a beta reader and the story would make the story perfecto! Character Development: It takes all kinds of folks to make the world go 'round and even more when the occult is brought into play and Adriel is up to her witchy ears in just about every occult player there is. Adriel is a "good" witch and she's a good witch - probably one of the best in the Phoenix area. She's young, but not lacking in wisdom and experience. Adriel is smart, resourceful and even pretty witty and very likeable. She shows that being a witch isn't just about riding on broomsticks and twitching your nose - it's all about hard work and follow-through. (Much like life in general, I suppose.) Lynx, her link to the underground, is really something else. He's a young street urchin and is her eyes and ears around town. Like Adriel, the reader is never really sure what it is that Lynx is until the end. He's an opportunist, yet still very loyal. Lynx keeps Adriel grounded as much as she keeps him fed. Writing Style: Under Witch Moon is written from Adriel's quirky perspective on the world. (Of course, it's only "quirky" because she's a witch, y'all!) The reader is given somewhat of a crash course on all things of witchery and supernatural. Ms. Schneider is both very detailed and technical with the descriptions of the various potions, spells and general magickery (Is that even a word?!) without it feeling like a how-to manual on the world of the mysterious occult. The only issue, if it can be considered an issue, was the dialogue at the very beginning between Adriel and Delores. It seems a bit old fashioned and doesn't really fit into the typical contemporary style of speaking. Though, after the first chapter (really, the first bit of dialogue at all) this problem disappears and the remaining characters' interactions are realistic, believable and true to our modern day world. Continuity: I noticed no issues with continuity. Overall Rating: 4 I've got to be honest, while I reading Under Witch Moon, I was worried that Ms. Schneider wasn't going to be able to bring all of the different elements, creatures and characters together for a cohesive resolution. Boy! Was I wrong! I shouldn't have worried about it in the least. This book has it all: magic, love, action, drama, suspense, comedy and all of it set in the beautiful desert of Arizona! I would encourage anyone to read this and nearly anyone can read this as it doesn't have too many adult situations or graphic scenes. Ms. Schneider did an excellent job and I hope she'll allow me to review her next book!
Arkali More than 1 year ago
Adriel is a witch for hire. Doing odd jobs here and there, she mainly provides healing aromatherapy, potions, and the occasional protection spell. Life is just fine until one of her clients, Delores, uses a protection spell not as defense against a were-wolf, but as a way to trap him. When her client turns up dead, things really start to get weird. Adriel's world gets turned upside-down in short order. First, she finds out Delores' murder wasn't just a fluke, but was instead part of a series of killings. Just in case that wasn't enough, a handsome police detective, White Feather, wants to question her, a vampire is looking for her, and an evil witch is trying to kill her. To top things off her friend, Lynx, just turned up missing. Life just keeps getting better and better. Adriel is a great heroine. She's spunky, she's got a code of honor, and she's got a heart of gold. The supporting cast is equally well done. Adriel's friend, Lynx, is a smart-mouthed, street-tough kid and White Feather, Adriel's contact with law enforcement, is sexy and mysterious. Ms. Schneider's world of magic is very realistic feeling. She takes you through the process of Adriel's spell-crafting in a way that lets you know what it is possible for her to do, and also explains why she doesn't just wave a wand and "zap" the bad guy. Another reason it felt realistic is because it dove-tails pretty well with how actual pagans work magic. The method is realistic, even though the results are fantasy. It's laid out in such a way that it doesn't become boring but is, instead, pretty fascinating. The story is exciting, with a fast-paced plot and plenty of villains. The only problem I really had with the book is that in a couple of places the dialog got a bit stilted, but overall it was a tightly woven tale with lots of action. A hint of future romance with White Feather also added to the appeal. I think fans of Mercy Thompson and Kate Daniels will enjoy this newcomer on the the Urban Fantasy scene.
YvonneReviews More than 1 year ago
Adriel is a witch providing different types of spells to anyone who needs them. She provides one of her clients with a spell to protect her from a werewolf, but what Adriel doesn't know is her customer intends to use it to trap the werewolf. When the woman is found dead, the first person the authorities turn to is Adriel. Adriel quickly learns that her customer isn't the only woman to be killed. The local police detective, White Feather, insists upon questioning her. This isn't a hardship since he's quite a sexy man. With the help of her teenage assistant, Lynx, they set off to find who is responsible for the murders and to clear any suspicion from Adriel. This story has it all - witches, warlocks, shape shifters, werewolves and vampires. They are all mixed into one exciting story with some explosive scenes to captivate readers. This is the beginning of a new series "Moon Shadow Series" and it's an excellent beginning. We meet all the characters and immediately fall in love with Adriel, White Feather and Linx - not to mention the rest of this crazy cast. It's a fast-paced book you won't want to put down. I haven't been into the paranormal genre has much has I used to be and this one has re-hooked me and now I want more!