A.W. Gryphon: Blood Moon

by OMB Staff on March 26, 2008

Blood Moon is about a girl who may or may not be “the one” that will save the Wiccan Community from falling. The vehicle for the story is Wiccan in nature. Because of this, there are some areas of the Craft we felt should be expanded upon to enhance the story. Unless you are or have been a practicing Wiccan, this book is pretty solid as a supernatural-mystery-thriller.

The strong character building between protagonist and a plethora of antagonists keeps the reader wondering who is who and what is what until the very end. There are some characters that we feel should have been made stronger, but overall the relationships made sense and were mostly believable.

This book is marketed heavily as a “witch” book – just look at the book jacket:

“An ancient line of witches….
An undying love…
A coming revolution…
One woman in the center of it all….

London, England. Mysterious. Beautiful. Full of legends and lore. It is home and a safe place from Amelia Pivens Kreutzer. For an ancient society of witch hunters and practitioners, it is an easy place to go unnoticed.And for Scotland Yard’s Denny Carlisle, on All Hallows Eve, when the Full Blood Moon reaches its highest point in the sky, it will become a city of awe and mayhem, as the most powerful witch in modern history rises to avenge her lost love and end the ancient war among the witches and those who hunt them forever.”

A book about witches, right? Certainly seems like it is from the above. Blood Moon isn’t a “witch book”. Its a mystery thriller with some supernatural undertones to give the story some depth. You could probably re-write the story with the plot and setting vehicles of your choice and you would still get the good vs evil theme and the tragic heroine makes good.

The author of Blood Moon attempts to use art as a vehicle for understanding the heroine by setting the main parts of the story in the London National Gallery and using the artwork of Spanish painter Francisco Goya to give our heroine the opportunity to analyze Goya’s paintings. This technique gives the reader some basic insight into the heroine’s psychological issues. The heroine’s analysis of the art work is often dark and sinister, and leaves the reader with an “aha moment” at the end when trying to figure out the clues laid out in this mysterious story.

If you read the book jacket, and decide to purchase the book for your reading pleasure based on the use of Wiccan in the book, you will be disappointed. If, however, you are looking for a mystery that will keep you guessing throughout the whole story, then this is a pretty good choice. We are a bit concerned about what the next book in the Witches’ Moon Series will be about, given the ending in Blood Moon, but we are hopeful and look forward to seeing how the author resolves the issues left in the ending.

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