July 1, 2013

Braine Reviews: Vicious Moon by Lee Roland

Series: Earth Witches 3
Format: Digital ARC
Release Date: July 2, 2013
Publisher: Signet
Source: Author via Paranormal Cravings
Genre: Urban Fantasy

“A powerful witch might live a long time, but a single well-placed bullet could change that. While my preferred weapon was magic, I was not averse to shooting anyone or anything offering my sister or me harm.”

Ex-soldier and earth witch Nyx Ianira is working as a PI in San Francisco when she sees the last thing she ever wants to see: the Sisters of Justice—the mysterious earth witch police force. A Triad of Sisters usually means an execution mission, but the Sisters’ only goal is to capture and escort Nyx across the country.

Nyx is badly needed back in Twitch Crossing, Georgia, the place she ran away from ten years ago to escape the stiff rules and duties of being a true witch. She wanted a life of her own. Now she’s being dragged back to her swampy hometown because another life is in danger: Her little sister is missing, and Nyx is the only one who can track her down in Duivel, Missouri.

But the key to finding her may lie with dark and tempting Etienne—a sinister criminal with a fearsome reputation, a ruthless attitude, and a total immunity to magic.

Let me start off by saying that the 3 cauldron rating is VERY subjective because I didn't get the chance to read the first two books before jumping on to VICIOUS MOON. From the blurbs I THOUGHT I could get away skipping Viper Moon and Vengeance Moon thinking that the books feature a different set of heroes every time. Well, this is what I get for assuming because by skipping, I feel I robbed myself of a great reading experience!

With that said, Earth Witches is a series that you must read in order. Though the setting and lead characters differ with every book, the myth and the Earth Mother's storyline with her badass Sisters of Justice is the main thread the ties all three books together. If you try to do as I did, you'll still like the story but you'll feel there's something lacking especially on the myth and world-building aspect. As Earth Witches is an Urban Fantasy series, it's really crucial that one gets familiar with the main players and lore for one to fully appreciate Lee Roland's world and obviously I shortchanged myself on that aspect. 

Now for the part that I understood. Nyx Ianira as a heroine that didn't disappoint. She's the quint-essential UF kick-ass lead and her homecoming is nothing short of magical. I say homecoming because Nyx and her family always thought that she's a witch with minor powers. Her affiliation is with fire and it's either she hasn't fully grown into her abilities or she can only do minor magic compared to her female kin. This was obviously a misconception because when she got to Duivel, Missouri, hunting for her lost sister, Nyx's powers was challenged and grew to unimaginable proportions. Not only that, Nyx is powerful hailing heritage with a demi-god and finding another sibling in Duivel. So her character development coupled with her growing magic was enthralling to follow. 

Etienne Durand, the hero with a tortured soul, was a fitting consort for Nyx. At first he's painted as an anti-hero at first, a gray character with questionable affiliations. But as the story progress we see that Etienne (sexy name!) is nothing but a pawn with a few secrets of his own. He's a little duplicitous albeit unintentional, and his hatred for witches played a defining factor with regards to his relationship with Nyx not to mention the dude is sexy as sin! Yowza!

Focusing on Nyx's plot line alone, VICIOUS MOON is solid, action-packed, fast-paced, mysterious and the magical suspense is exciting. The minor character, Laudine, and her annoying ploys was exasperating I want to throttle the fortune teller! The implied love story between giant serpents, Chalice and Penrod is beyond cute (I wish they make lots of giant magical serpents together) and the Sisters of Justice really piqued my interest.

I really regret not having read the first two books because I feel that I would really LOVE LRoland's Earth Witches myth. There are several instances where LRoland would hastily provide some info or background on something but I feel it's not enough to supplement my lacking knowledge. So despite the fact that I enjoyed VICIOUS MOON immensely, I was scratching my head on several scenes because I know there's more to the story and I'll find it in Viper Moon and Vengeance Moon. So if you're an Urban Fantasy lover and would like to start a new series, I highly recommend Earth Witches, it has all the elements one looks for in a great UF and for the sake of comparison, if you like or love Kat Richardson's Greywalker series, I'm sure you'll enjoy LRoland's world too.
We'd lived with loss before. We would submerge out need for retribution under a layer of ordinary -- or in this case extraordinary -- life. But every time we thought of her, of Salvatore, we would think of and plan vengeance.

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Lee Roland began her writing career in middle school when she wrote a short story for her brother. He turned the story in to his teacher as his own work. To his amazement and terror, the teacher was so impressed that she read it aloud to the class—and asked him to write another one.

Lee notes that, other than motherhood, she’s never had an exciting job. She might have dreamed of being a lawyer, nurse or police officer, but finding the right person to share her life with changed her plans. Her only credentials for writing are a terrific imagination, life experience and the love of words in a good story. She reads voraciously, but particularly loves Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance.

Lee lives in Florida and is a full-time writer. She is a member of RWA National and the Florida based First Coast Romance Writers.

Before being published, Lee won many RWA Chapter contests and garnered a Golden Heart nomination in 2008 with her post apocalyptic novel, LILITH’S CHILD.

Lee is the author of the Earth Witches series published by NAL, beginning with VIPER MOON in 2011.

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  1. I love this series and I am looking forward to reading Vicious Moon.

    1. It's really good, after I read the first two, I will read book 3 again. Thanks for stopping by!


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