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Review: Vengeance Moon by Lee Roland

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Vengeance Moon
Author: Lee Roland 
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Publisher: Signet
Earth Witches #2
ISBN: #978-0451236432
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format(s): Paperback (352 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher
About the book:
Revenge is unleashed under the light of the moon…
“On my seventeenth birthday, my mother’s last gift to me was a vision of death—and a curse…”
Madeline Corso can’t rest until she hunts down the three unknown assailants who killed her father and witch mother. Two of them are now dead by her hand. But the third eludes her while she serves time with the Sisters of Justice—a mysterious order of female warriors with ties to her mother.
The Sisters have tracked the last murderer to Duivel, Missouri, and the dark underworld of the Barrows. But Madeline’s release is contingent on her fulfillment of a mission for the Sisters. Madeline doesn’t question them, but once in the Barrows, she discovers that things aren’t what they seem.
Can she rely on Michael, a handsome and enigmatic local businessman, to help her navigate a world of men and beasts? Or will she lose her heart before the mission is complete?
What G & U are talking about:
Vengeance Moon is the riveting second novel in the new Earth Witches series.  Lee Roland has crafted a dark and intriguing world, one that is as gripping in its action and suspense as it is in its passion.  You do not have to read the first book in the series, Viper Moon, but it would give you better background on the mythology (not to mention, it was really good, review HERE and a snippet HERE).
In the previous novel, Viper Moon, the huntress, Cassandra, fulfills the purpose the Earth Mother has given her.  In Vengeance Moon, we have a new heroine and hero.  We were introduced to our hero, Michael, in the preceding novel.  He is an unlikely hero, but we hope there is more to him than meets the eye.
Madeline, our heroine, is a very complicated character.  A spell cast by her dead mother caused her to witness the final moments of her life and to be consumed to seek vengeance against her mother’s killers.  Madeline’s personality has been tainted by the pursuit of her mother’s killers.  The overwhelming drive for vengeance overshadows everything in poor Madeline’s life.  She has been trained to become a perfect Sister of Justice – women who keep earth witches, who are blessed with great magic, from using it to do harm.
The Sisters of Justice send Madeline to the Barrows to retrieve an object of power that was taken from her mother’s corpse.  She must return it to the Sisters and if she is able to kill the final murderer of her parents in the process, so be it.  However, her mission turns out to be more complicated and dangerous than anyone suspected.  Madeline’s journey to the Barrows allows us to revisit Cassandra and Abby as well as see more of Michael, who was a fascinating and complicate character in Viper Moon.  For all of the complexities, hidden plots and such, Vengeance Moon is a nail-biting, edge of your seat read.  It is astonishing how much is packed into this novel.
Alas, there is no snippet included for a third novel in this series at the end Vengeance Moon.   Gikany and Una were unable to see anything on Ms. Roland’s website regarding a next novel.  However, this is a well-written series so far and we eagerly anticipate a third novel in the Earth Witches series.  If you haven’t started this series yet, you best hurry and catch up – it’s so worth it!
Their Rating:
Loved it – enthusiastically recommend (A)
 
 
Purchase Info:
Vengeance Moon: Earth Witches #2
Reviews of books in the series:
Viper Moon: Earth Witches #1
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