DARK MOON RISING by AMANDA JAYDE
Liquid Silver Books
Rating: 4 cups
Alexander Christofedes is a scientist obsessed with wolves. He is also tortured by nightmares and self-doubt. After an expedition in which several of his colleagues are attacked and killed by a wolf pack, Alex begins to dream of werewolves and of the most beautiful woman he has ever seen. When he receives a mysterious letter in the mail, he decides to go back to the scene of the attack and try to ease his guilty conscience at being the only survivor and put the grief of the horrible incident to rest.
Sabine Luna has a strong loyalty to her family. She is sassy and does not hesitate to speak her mind. She is also the woman in Alex’s dreams. Deep down, she is unsure of her own strengths and capabilities, which cause her to question her ability to care for and protect her family. She is smart and caring and always tries to keep the peace.
The relationship Alex develops with the clan members is rocky at first but turns into a solid friendship once he proves that he is trust worthy. Alex and Sabine develop their relationship quickly but it fits well with the circumstances surrounding them. The dialogue is very believable, clearly written, and easy to understand and relate to. Throughout the story, you watch both Alex and Sabine find strengths they did not realize they had or that they were not using to their full potential.
‘Dark Moon Rising’ is Amanda Jayde’s debut novel. It is a fantastic story filled with love, loyalty, passion, deceit, betrayal, werewolves, and magic. Ms. Jayde hooks you at the beginning and keeps you hooked until the very last word. This book takes family ties and loyalty to an entirely new level. By the end, I was filled with love and pride for the Benandanti Clan. I completely enjoyed reading this book and becoming immersed in the world of these wonderful characters. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for Ms. Jayde’s next release.
Reviewed by Beth