Release Date: June 11, 2013
Genre: Urban Fantasy
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Winter McCall and Thaddeus Blake flee the burning mansion. Both are hunted by two relentless police officers and vampires. With time running out, Thaddeus leads Winnie towards Scotland, where he believes the Moonbeam, a precious stone with the ability to destroy those that hunt him, is hidden.
But Thaddeus has held the Moonbeam before and with it came betrayal, madness and murder. Will the Moonbeam protect Thaddeus, last of the werewolves, or is he truly the only surviving member of his race?
With her journey fraught with danger and haunted by Ruby Little, Winnie struggles with her growing feelings towards Thaddeus and what her life and she has become.
MOONBEAM, book two of Tim O'Rourke's Moon Trilogy, picks up where Moonlight left off. After a failed attack by vampires, Winter McCall and Thaddeus Blake ran for their lives. Destination? Scotland to retrieve the fabled Moonstone that can destroy vampires. But Winnie and Thaddeus' escape is not without a hitch. The carnage that they left in Thaddeus' mansion is now a crime scene and the detectives are hot on their heels with Thaddeus' face plastered all over the news. On top of this, Winnie was bitten by the vampire, Michelle, and her vivid dreams about Red Little are getting more and more frequent and all too real.
MOONBEAM felt like a *gasp* transition volume to me. Let me break it down.
As this series is a trilogy, the backstory though essential, took up much of MOONBEAM's plot. The history of the Moonstone, which is entwined to Thaddeus' backstory, was a tad too long. There are several chapters dedicated to this and I felt like it stunted Winnie and Thaddeus' storyline. Winnie's character for instance went through some major changes and the character contrast due her transition wasn't as stark and compelling as I wanted it to be. On top of this, new "villains" are introduced and because they had limited face time, the threat they post to Winnie and Thaddeus was dulled.
But aside from my very subjective opinion about the plot, I do love the myth and Tim's world building. These are two of Tim's stronger points and like his other works, Moon Trilogy, enjoyed the same inspiration Kiera Hudson did. The details were succinct but rich and his world building is very believable and eloquent. The violence, graphic descriptions and bloodbath was consistent with his Tim's other series like Black Hill Farm and Vampire Seeker.
Despite my moderate thoughts about MOONBEAM, I'm now even more interested to see how Tim's going to end this trilogy. I feel like there's so much more to the story that's yet to be told and I'm hoping that the third book won't be too cramped with events to "make up" for the lack of progress in Winnie and Thaddeus' story.