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To have books about witches that aren't stereotypical in our ugly evilness and, very occasionally, our perfection, is good. Interesting story, Witch Moon Rising. The bodice grabber, Witch Moon Waning was written really poorly. Read and discarded both quickly, while really good books featuring the Craft are cherished and re-read. None of the characters haunt me nor stayed with me after the book was closed. Can't say they're as bad as most portrayals, but there's still a long way to go to rival books like "Mists of Avalon", both beautifully written, and Craft-savvy as it is. Maybe Witch Moon Rising would be a good book for a pre-teen crafter. Maybe. Worth one brief read, and that's about all. We have a long way to go in Wiccan fiction.
I happened to pick up one of Maggie Shayne's books at my grocery store. HOOKED! Witch Moon was like a breath of fresh air - a true find after wading through so many cookie cutter paranormal romances. I love her character development - just enough background to invest you in the players, but not too much to bog you down with unnecessary blabbing. Mirabella has tough choices to make every single day. School teacher by day, closet practicing witch by - well, always - she stumbles across a teenager beginning to bloom with her own witch powers. The lonely girl has lost her mother and has nobody to turn to for guidance. Scared and feeling lost, she turns to her favorite teacher, Mirabella. Murders that appear to be Satanic rituals whip the small town into a frenzy and they all look to the only known witch in town who happens to be Mirabella's best friend. Falling in love with her young witch prodigy's father is the icing on the cake. Whew. So much packed into this novella. Can't wait to get my hands on the rest of Maggie Shayne's books!
Mirabella lives between two realities, and those realities are coming together quicker than she realizes. Will Jonathon, the love of her life, save her, or put her to the torch as her dreams have shown? Can she save Rowan, an innocent teenager, before that happens?
Maggie Shayne also adds sections on real witch potions and spells for her readers' enlightenment about the world of the Wicca.
One great book I had to put it because my Serf ice tab dyed out so I was a wile with out it. Last I picked it back up and started reading from where I left off. To my shock I finished it did't think I could do that but it was to fast moving to put down. One awesome book one awesome author loved it from start to finish.
It was great to read a story accurately portraying pagans. The immediate love of the two main characters was very hard to believe. A longer book might improve the pace of the romance. The complete switch for the hero is very hard to swallow, as is the very intense dislike of pagans to interest and respect in seconds.Up to that glitch the story is very interesting.
I love Maggie Shayne and every book she has written. I loved this story although I wish it had been longer. The characters are pure perfection and the storyline is pure Maggie Shayne genius. If you are looking for a quick read, with stellar characters and plot look no further.