Viper Moon: A Novel of the Earth Witches

Viper Moon: A Novel of the Earth Witches

by Lee Roland

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ISBN-13: 9780451233769
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/05/2011
Series: Novel of the Earth Witches Series , #1
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Lee Roland is the author of the Earth Witches series, including Viper Moon, Vicious Moon, and Vengeance Moon. A Romance Writers of America Golden Heart nominee and a member of First Coast Romance Writers, she lives in Florida.

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Viper Moon: A Novel of the Earth Witches 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Unwasted_Words More than 1 year ago
Got myths? Well, there's probably a reference to it in this book, in some way. Cassandra Archer is a Huntress for the Earth Mother. On her eighteenth birthday she took a vow to serve and save children abducted by the Darkness. She's committed herself to the hunt in Duivel, Missouri where the Mother has created a prison to bind her nemesis the Darkness. For ten years she has gone into the Barrows, the long forgotten downtown bowels of the city, and the creature's cage, to save lost kids. The Barrows of late have become a nest for the unnatural and gangs, an increasingly dangerous labyrinth of mythical and modern day monsters. It's become a hard and taxing life Cass is leading, and she's not afraid to voice her discontent. Along with High Priestess Abby and her pets, they have been handling things as best they can. But two very important children have gone missing, One from a Warlord another from a Guardian, and if Cass can't find them before the dark moon the evil kept at bay under the Barrows will be unleashed. The title of this book gave me the impression that it was going to be a witch story. I was disappointed. It was actually quite light on magic and more heavy on mythology. Cass doesn't have any magic just some enhanced strength and speed, and an ability to communicated with animals. It's clear she's modeled after Artemis. Rowland touches on quite a few beliefs and myths, including an angelic Michael, a geeky computer god named Thor, and Phelan the wolf. I found this book at times a bit muddled trying to include too much innuendo then it needed. The setting was hard to believe, and the story seemed forced, trying to make everything fit. The characters were interesting, and the idea was good, but I think it could have used some refining. There were some some great action scenes and a nice whirlwind romance crammed in there. All and all Viper Moon felt like bits and pieces strewn together from other stories I've read. Cass is an Artemis inspired heroine like Nikki Glass from Dark Descendant with a little Gin Blanco thrown in. Flynn had touches of Donovan Caine in him but just less rigid, more likable. It were the little details like these that brought up other books and made me question the story's uniqueness. Viper Moon had a lot of good things going for it, it was entertaining, and had interesting characters. Maybe the author's second effort will show some growth. I think it was good enough to give the next a try. It's a decent book for a first effort, if your looking for some thrills give it a try.
STACYatUFI on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I feel like I'm constantly saying this but the cover is awesome and was what originally drew my eye to the book (shocking right? lol) The opening scene of VIPER MOON really did a fantastic job of grabbing me and keeping me anchored to the story. The book started with action and ended with action.I enjoyed following Cassandra, she was easy to get to know and like. Phelan shows up at her door looking for her help in finding his missing 13 year old sister. Her starts out not really liking her but attracted to her all the same. They really work well together. There is also Micheal who is the owner of a club in the Barrows. He really likes Cassandra and she is attracted to him but she doesn't trust herself with him, nor does she trust him so she refuses to even consider him. It definitely makes for some awkward moments for the three when they are together. The world building was great, I liked all the different places that were described and imagining the Barrows was super easy. The book was fast paced. I enjoyed the fact that Cassandra was the Earth mothers Huntress, it was unique and well written. My biggest disappointment about the book is realizing at the end that the next book isn't going to be about Cassandra. I got to know her and got attached to her character and the excerpt for the next book doesn't look like it features her. Hey, maybe I'm wrong I do hope that I am. All in all I was very much entertained and enjoyed VIPER MOON.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I bought "Viper Moon" because I found it for a good price and I am slightly obsessed with paranormal and Urban Fantasy books. I don't know what made me read this book as soon as it arrived as I have a horrendously big TBR stack. I am so glad I did read it right away because I was shocked by how much I enjoyed the book, especially its vibrant and unforgettable characters.This story takes place in Duivel Missouri. There is a portion of town called the Barrows. There is a part of the Barrows that no one seems to consciously notice. In fact, its almost impossible to find on a map. 'This" Barrows if full of seedy mob-like criminals, gangs and people-eating monsters. The Barrows is ruled by an entity called The Darkness. Only the Earth Mother keeps the evil of the Barrows from coming into the rest of Duivel and attacking people.Cassandra Archer is called by the Earth Mother to rescue children, many of whom are found in the Barrows. Then one day a prominent citizen asks for help finding his son. And a local detective needs her to help find his younger sister. This leads to all kinds of excitement as the reader gets introduced to Cass, Flynn, and the supporting characters. Many of these characters are not black and white but made up of shades of gray. There isn't always a clear good or bad guy. I especially liked a character named Michael who is charming but you never really know what is going on with him. Cass is a wonderful, strong, heroine and she made it impossible to not root for her.The plot was a little confusing at first until all the characters and backstories gelled together. Then it was non-stop action amid several different intriguing mysteries. The book was well written and kept my interest. I had a problem like I said, at the first part of the book and then again at the very end. The ending is most of the reason why I am rating this book as four stars rather than five. Yes, several big mysteries are answered satisfactorily. We end the book knowing where Cass's professional and personal future is headed. But there is a big (like huge!) situation left unresolved. Which would be okay except it is apparently being resolved by an entire cast of different characters being introduced in the next book. I am certainly in love with this story enough to pick up the next book but because I loved these characters so much, I am truly disappointed Cass won't be the lead of future stories
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
For the most part, I kind of liked this. I remembered having started to read this, took a break and forgot about it. Then recently I've been reading more urban fantasy series and finally got around to reading where I left off. This did have some good moments, especially when Cass and co team up in the second half. Otherwise this was okay. The romance felt a bit rushed. But I still found some enjoyment while reading. An okay but has its moments type book. Might read more from this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The story was interesting but maybe more importantly the world that the story inhabits is original. There aren't a whole lot of other settings like this in other books. The characters are pretty believable as well. At least believable in the setting of the book. overall it was a good light read and well worth the time.
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honeycreole More than 1 year ago
I found this book to throughly entertaining. None of the characters seemed to be as first presented. You always knew there was more than meets the eye. Lots of action, twists and turns. The love triangle was aa good secondary plot. Read this for yourself and enjoy...
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KnowwhatIike More than 1 year ago
Ok, characters. Poorly explained background. Seems to be a one off book.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Residents of Duivel, Missouri know to avoid the dangerous Barrows District. That mostly barren area except for malevolent human and inhuman beasts serves as a magical prison created by the Earth Mother to contain the evil Darkness. Huntress Cassandra Archer is a field agent of the Earth Mother. She rescues children from the evils that dwell in the caverns of the Barrows. Duivel Police Detective Flynn and mob boss Carlos Dacardi do not believe in magic, Earth mother, or the Darkness. However, the cop's thirteen year old sister Selene and the gangster's thirteen years old son Richard have been abducted from the Mall and take into the Barrows. Although each has plenty of firepower to raid the Barrows, only the Huntress can save their young relatives; she knows the stake is much greater as a sacrificial ritual under a Viper Moon could destroy Duivel. The opening act of the Dark Huntress small town fantasy is a terrific dark thriller that establishes the Roland realm as a place to be for sub-genre fans. Even before the reader accompanies Cass into The Barrows, the story line sets the darkness of this zone as Tweeners are abducted by some nasty not all human monsters. The story line is action-packed from the moment Flynn and then Carlos plead with the Huntress to rescue their kin although her mission proves even more significant than saving two youngsters. With a touch of romance kept mostly in the background, Viper Moon is a winner. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rp in ninth result
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im mainly violent only to men. Human men nd some male centaurs. Depends on my mood.
blueyedirishgrl More than 1 year ago
Would someone please explain to me how this book got published?? I had such high hopes for this book...sadly they all just came crashing down...HARD! I spent the better part of this book thinking "HUH?" because at least half of the dialogue made no sense, the characters would throw out information that continuously left me wondering "why in the world did they say that?" or "what does that have to do with anything?". The book certainly had a lot of promise and the world building definitely had promise, but unfortunately none of it comes to fruition.