The Harpers, once a heroic family of witches, are broken. The loss of Chris and Holly's daughter was the final straw in a series of heartbreaks and now they've given up on fighting for the greater good.
New secrets help point to the fate of their daughter. Working together again, they struggle to reclaim the life they once had, but 10 years away from each other comes with consequences. Tensions are high as each witch grasps at every opportunity to restore their family, including working with former enemies.
While the witches learn to work with each other again and move on from the past, they leave themselves susceptible to the influence of the Fire Wizards and the Pentad, demonic super-groups that may be the end of them.
The Blue Moon is the fifth and final audiobook in the Under the Moon Series.
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"An everyday story of witchy folk."
Not having read any of the preceding (four) volumes of the Under the Moon series, I initially struggled with the family dynamics, but only briefly. Soon, this ongoing story of a family once divided and now in grief after the abduction and possible killing of the young daughter of one of the couples plus their individual and united attempts to find her, soon gripped me, especially as the opponent's seemed so much more sinister and capable against the simple spells the witch family was able to exert. Then there was the Chaos which threatened everyone: what was it? And how could it be stopped?
The individual characters are lightly, but sufficiently, drawn. No doubt fuller characterisations came earlier in the series, progressing as the pages turned. There is enough in this book, however, to make them gently real and this is aided by their not being purely black or white but coming with flaws and definite trust issues. This is a light, enjoyable story of a family, albeit an extraordinary one, under duress and their methods of coping made even better by the narration of Nathan Welland. His pleasant voice and paced, brisk reading has good intonation and emotional content, mirroring the text, and his individual voicings, though not overly pronounced usually, are still defined and clear.
Whilst it would obviously be better to be acquainted with the earlier books in the series, this is not necessary to enjoy The Blue Moon, which can be read as a stand alone. It is a light read covering deep topics, in particular that of trust, love and family conectiveness in the face of danger.
- Norma Miles