The Harvest Moon : Under the Moon

  • by David Neth
  • Narrated by Nathan Weiland
  • Series: Under the Moon
  • 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A legacy of magic and danger.
All Danielle Bowen wants is a normal life: white picket fence, kids in the nursery, and peace and quiet with her husband Simon. But she can't escape the fate her family has wrought for her. Born into a tradition of witchcraft, she has also inherited a deadly enemy: Toxanna, a dark witch who will stop at nothing to destroy the last of the Bowen line.
But will Danielle's powers be enough to save her family - or even herself? And when Toxanna sets her sights on Holly, Danielle's only daughter, will anyone have the strength to rescue the newly fledged witch? The darkness is closing around the last of the Bowens. In a world of wizards and powerful demons, how can one family of witches survive?
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Orphaned by the shocking murder of both his parents, 13-year-old Drew must conceal his magical powers as he navigates the foster care system. But it might be easier for a young wizard to control his cracking voice than his magic. When one of Drew's spells attracts the attention of a local coven called the Fire Wizards, Drew sees his chance to solve the mystery of who killed his parents with the coven's help.
There's just one catch: once you enter the coven, you're bound for life. And the more involved Drew becomes with the Fire Wizards, the faster his façade of safety crumbles. Can he find justice for his parents without binding himself to a world of magical peril?

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Harvest Moon

I received a free audio copy of this book to write a review.

Danielle flees the traveling circus the night that her parents are killed by "Toxanna". An evil witch that has made it her goal to wipe out Danielle's family. This books tells the story of Danielle's family as she continuous runs and hides from Toxanna while trying to find a way to defeat her and remove the curse.

This is the second book in the series. It does well as a stand alone book. I have not read the first book so I don't know how the two tie together.

I was not impressed with the ending which will lead into book 3 but did enjoy the book overall and will definitely read/ listen to more from the author and narrator.
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- mrmeeka

A surprisingly disappointing sequel

After enjoying the first book in this series, I was surprised and disappointed that this stand-alone sequel didn't come up to scratch.

In this tale, author David Neth traces generations of one witching family condemned by an evil sorceress who obsessively lets the family line continue so she can kill each generation. He regularly jumps through time, often by years, resulting in the listener witnessing only random periods of each character’s life. With no flow, it leaves us detached from the story, and this is hampered further by the central characters being killed off regularly, leaving us with no one to bond with. Neth creates a relay race, with the baton being handed to new characters time and time again. It works in a sporting race but not in a story. Toxanna remains the only ongoing character, but she’s pantomime clichéd.

Nathan Weiland returns to narrates this second volume with mixed results. Unlike his reading of book 1, The Full Moon, Weiland plays Toxanna as the campy stereotype she is. While it may be the author’s intent, it is achingly awful to listen to. His other characterisations are all believable, and his narration is otherwise great, making his terrible interpretation of Toxanna all the more painful to listen to.

This audiobook was provided to me free of charge via AudiobookBoom. You can read my full review on glamadelaide dot com dot au under the Entertainment section. Despite the disappointment of this second volume, I still see the potential in this series and am still keen to hear further volumes as they're released.
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- Rod

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-16-2016
  • Publisher: David Neth