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Maiden’s Moon by Caroline Barnard-Smith

Magick is awakening. Evil is stirring. Control is an illusion. 

Magick is awakening in the ancient places, evil is stirring in the lightless tunnels carved beneath the sea and the ageless Lord Dewer, self-proclaimed ruler of Armoria, won’t be able to keep control of it all for much longer.

A beautiful, blue-haired stranger has travelled the long distance to Armoria, the greatest city in the world. All she carries with her is a battered panflute that creates a music so haunting and powerful, battle-hardened Vanth is left spellbound after hearing it. But why is she the only one who can see the chilling visions the music invokes, woven from dancing shadows? In the ancient forest of Nymed, a Wild Scrat and her satyr lover face an uncertain future. Lowen dreams of a life with Nicanor, but the world is afraid of his people and he could never leave his woodland home. Not unless he was forced to.

The twin moons of Joria are turning. For countless years the night has shone silver under Mamai’s cold light, but now Aikana has come to the fore and the world will dazzle in her violet glow. The Changing of the Moons heralds a time of unrest and upheaval. Will these three women have the courage to survive their changing world and face the horrors clawing their way out from beneath the earth?

Note: Maiden’s Moon contains some graphic violence.


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Listed: Sep 22, 2018

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Editor’s First Look – Compelling Fantasy

By Palladian, editor, author of Super

Dec 27, 2018: Maiden’s Moon is a fantasy tale that does a good job at drawing the reader slowly into its world. We initially start following two very different women – one who carries a plain looking but magical instrument to a competition in one of the most populous cities in her world, and one who is a bit of a bookish misfit in her warlike community.

I liked how the author gradually introduces her world and its intricacies and traditions to the reader, and how we get a feel for these characters and several others who join in, as well. Her world is full of different kinds of magicks and numerous races of people, some of whom are feared or discriminated against, and others who are tenuous trading partners at best of one of the main cultures that the story centers around.

We eventually learn that a number of these characters are on different ends of the same quest to throw off a despotic ruler who has reigned for many years, long beyond normal lifetimes, and to stop the dark magicks that he has conjured up. I encourage those who are fans of fantasy, particular those types of stories including mythical and magical beings, to read on and find out how successful they are.

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