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Under the Moon is a collection of stories by David Neth that focus on good witches fighting evil and demons. What I enjoyed most about this collection is that the witches are basically real people holding down regular jobs and raising families like everyone else. However, they will also exhibit unique abilities when and if the need arises to fight evil.
The first book in the collection is Under the Full Moon, where the focus is on two sisters who are both powerful in the magical world. Samantha is a hard working single mother to two teenaged sons, Josh and Chris. Kathy is more of a free spirit who lives with Samantha and helps in taking care of the boys. The balance in the household changes dramatically when Kathy meets Will, immediately falls in love with him, and gets married to him under demonic law all in the span of a few weeks.
The second book in the collection, The Harvest Moon, appears at first to be unrelated to Under the Full Moon. At the beginning it centers around Danielle Bowen and her husband Simon as they attempt to evade the Bowen Family Curse that was placed on them by Toxanna, an evil witch who wants nothing more than to end the Bowen family line. While I never understood why Toxanna desired such ill will upon the Bowen family, she did leave Danielle and her husband Simon alone for long stretches of time. This time gave Danielle and Simon sufficient time to relax and let down their guard and conceive a daughter.
What Toxanna does to Danielle shocked me by how heinous it was (while at the same time it was pretty ingenious). The second half of the book primarily focuses on Simon raising his daughter Holly the best he knows how, including finding her an instructor in the art of witchcraft and in fighting off Toxanna.
The third book in the collection, Blood Moon, blends the first two books in the first few chapters, including a more detailed final scene from the first book where a major character is killed off. It turns out that Danielle communicated frequently with Samantha and they deduced that a greater evil was in play than just the few demons toying with each of their families. This book centers around Holly, Drew (her witch instructor and potential love interest), and Samantha's sons Josh and Chris (who also has a major crush on Holly). While at times the love triangle between Holly, Drew, and Chris was pretty comical with Chris trying to "one up" Drew in front of Holly, the teenagers fight some heavy evil forces and rise to the occasion. A few more characters are permanently dispatched and it is clear that the youngsters will proudly carry on the legacies that their parents and forebears laid before them.
In summary, I really enjoyed this audiobook narrated by Nathan Weiland. While the dialog did not always flow naturally, there were several tense and thrilling fight scenes. I also grew to care for these characters over nearly 21 hours of listening. I easily empathized with them and their struggles just to lead normal lives.
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While I liked these books, they didn't seem keep my attention in a way I would have liked. It seemed like every time I would really became interested, a "book" ended. When it picked back up, the stories didn't necessarily follow directly from the end of the last one and there would be a "catch up and here's what happened last time" series.
This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge.
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