Looking for a post-Twilight hit? Thank the Goddess for Lunamorte!
Yet another teen Werewolf novel, surely not? As the world continues to be gripped with Twilight-fever, all things supernatural are finding themselves the focus of many an author, resulting in the public being drenched in a deluge of vampires, werewolves and other nasties that make you go bump in the night. Lunamorte doesn’t claim to be anything different – it embraces it origins with multiple references to pop culture (like the film Underworld for example) and unashamedly takes pieces from all its contemporaries and has a distinctively American accent.
Caia is a werewolf (or Lycan), but she’s also something else. She’s the culmination of Mother Earth’s (Gaia) machinations to end the needless warring of the Goddesses children. Magical beings, Faeries, Vampyres and Lycen are all descendents of Goddesses, each with their own light and dark and each having their own agenda. Caia is oblivious to her destiny; and even when she finds out, she’s not overly happy about it. Then, there’s the love interest: Lucien. Who just happens to be Alpha in her Lycan pack; but far more importantly, is totally gorgeous (if you like huge, lumbering males with massive muscles and intense silver eyes). Caia has to learn to embrace her future and find peace with her past. Oh, and try to stay alive…
The novel itself suffers with the occasional bout of poor grammar, printing errors and the odd typo, and we won’t say that this doesn’t detract a little from the quality of the book, because it does. Nit-picking? Maybe. But, misplacing or omitting entirely those little ********’s that authors use as their equivalent to a director’s “cut to scene” and things can get a bit confusing – and confusing is irritating to a reader, especially if the confusion is not intentional. However, as a whole, this book really flies. It is incredibly well written for a debut: gripping, fast-paced. It is totally engrossing and absolutely the kind of book you will be reluctant to put down. Getting to the heart of the story becomes all consuming to the point where the minor editorial mistakes seem inconsequential and irrelevant. Caia is wonderfully unassuming, yet feisty. Lucien is intimidating, yet gentle. The various strands of the story are woven together to create a beautiful tapestry blending the ancient and current, history and future. And we rather like the irksome Saffron; she’s impossibly mischievous, utterly annoying and gloriously terrifying all rolled into one dainty little creature! Amazing!
This may be another teen werewolf book: but this one has a extra bite to it. The language gets increasingly more explicit towards the end of the book, so this isn’t one for your twelve-year-old – and in our opinion, this is completely unnecessary. Didn’t Meyer teach the world anything: you don’t need to swear to be cool. Still, we can’t help but love Lunamorte and we’re slavering after the next instalment…
We interview C J Daugherty about Night School
- 10 January 2012