Review: Moon Spell: Part One in the Tale of Lunarmorte

Moon Spell: Part One in the Tale of Lunarmorte by Samantha Young was released in the U.S. on February 14, 2011. It is currently available in paperback and eBook formats from Amazon and in eBook format only at Barnes & Noble.

Published by CreateSpace, the print edition is 296 pages.

Goodreads description:

Enter a world of fierce wolves, stunning magic and romance…

Existing in the shadows of our world are supernatural races; children blessed by the ancient Greek gods with unimaginable gifts, and at present they are fighting a two thousand year old war with one another.

The Midnight Coven, an alliance of dark magiks, faeries, and daemons born of black magik, believe that vampyres and lykans are lesser supernaturals and a threat to mankind.
The Daylight Coven, a confederate of light magiks, faeries, vampyres and lykans, believe in the equality of the races.

Into this war, seventeen year old Caia Ribeiro is born, a lykan with a heritage unlike any other. A heritage that, whether she wants it to or not, will put her into the very heart of battle.

Her future was set into motion long before Caia Ribeiro was born.  Gaia, Mother of all the gods, had grown tired of the war that her children waged upon each other. In her infinite wisdom she set forth a plan that would eventually stop the war. And unbeknownst to Caia, she was at the very heart of it.

Hidden away from her pack for ten years after her family was killed by The Hunter, an enemy of Pack Errante and member of the Midnight Coven, Caia is finally allowed to return home. But her return is not exactly a welcome event.

The pack had already lost family members protecting her. And her absence from the pack for so long meant that she was an outsider. An outsider that couldn’t necessarily be trusted and someone who didn’t necessarily trust them.

She knew that she was different from all the other lykans in the pack, she just didn’t know quite how different. She didn’t resemble them in look, nor did she have their quick tempers and easy camaraderie. But spending much of her life in near isolation away from the pack was bound to make her different.

What she didn’t understand were the dark looks she got from some of the other pack members. All she knew was that they were keeping secrets. Secrets about her family. Secrets about her past. And secrets about why she alone was the target of the Midnight Coven’s wrath.

But when those secrets come to light, will Caia be able to accept what she learns about who she is and what she has the potential to become?


Moon Spell is an intoxicating and utterly entertaining story that is brilliantly written. The dramatic opening paragraph will entice readers in and once the story sinks its claws in it won’t let go until the very last word in the epilogue.

The story centers around Caia, a lykan who has been living under special protection apart from her pack since her family was killed by The Hunter. She and her guardian, Irini, were allowed to return when it was deemed safe enough, after The Hunter was found and killed.

When Caia returns she is immediately drawn to the pack Alpha, Lucien, who is to be her protector. And much to the dismay of another female pack member, Lucien seems drawn to her. But Lucien and the rest of the pack are keeping things from her. And her discovery of those secrets may cause Caia to walk away from her friends, from her pack and from Lucien, not only for their betrayal but for their safety.

Author Samantha Young has done a sensational job in crafting this world of lykans, magiks and other supernaturals, and in creating a harmonious balance between light and dark, good and evil, and love and loss.

The dynamic she has created between her two main characters, Caia and Lucien, elevates this story above many of its peers. Each of them struggles with their feelings for each other, with the complicated relationship they have with one another, and with their responsibilities and what is necessary for the greater good.

Her secondary characters are not left out and play an integral role in this story that continues for two more books. Each of whom, from the plotting and manipulative Alexa to the cocky and overconfident Mal to the sweet and good-hearted Jaeden to the kind and loyal Sebastian, adds to the story’s appeal.

Moon Spell is not a book to be missed. It is perfect for readers who love all things paranormal, who want to get a feel for what it is like to run with the wolves, who love dramatic tension between the female and male leads and who don’t mind the tears that come when a beloved character is lost along the way.

Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

On a personal note: (This is a long one, even for me.)

I loved this book. Loved it, loved it, loved it. Can I gush some more? I loved it. It was so worth putting off reading City of Fallen Angels. I almost want to read the next two books in the series before reading anything else. That’s how much I love this book.

Did I expect to love this as much as I did? No way. I expected to like it. Sure. I wouldn’t have opted to read it if I didn’t. But I didn’t expect to fall in love. And I did. And not just with the lead hottie, Lucien. I fell in love with the story, the world, everything.

When I first took a look at the description for this book I was excited about its potential. I love stories about wars between the supes and dark magic and light magic. But this first book in the series was so much better than I could have imagined. It was a brilliant surprise.

The backstory at the beginning had me worried that the entire story would continue in that vein. It was beautifully written, but would have made this a much weightier read. After just the first page or two it shifted to Caia’s story and everything just flew.

The story was elaborate but not complicated and just the perfect amount of story for the first book in a series. Yes, I want more, and since there are two other books which I immediately downloaded when I finished reading this first book, I can have more.

The characters were lovable and detestable in just the right amounts – horrifically evil and not too super sweet.  Lucien of course is my favorite. I love a lead male character who is tough but with a heart, strong but not too overbearing, and arrogant but not so much so that he isn’t jealous when a little competition shows up.

And Caia although sometimes fragile, is strong, independent and knows her mind. And just wait until you learn what she can do. It’s pretty freaking cool!

This story is epic, with a little something for everyone. It’s got magik and some pretty neat abilities. It’s got lykans. It has a hint of a love triangle, but for those haters it’s not predictable. There is a bit of a mystery to uncover. It’s got drama and there may be some tears shed.

And for fans like me, yes there are references to the movie Underworld – how can you not when the lead lykan is Lucien.

I am so glad that the author reached out to me or I might never have discovered this series which I have a mad crush on.

My favorite passage is actually the first:

The war had been raging for centuries; a war that breathed beneath human reality, lost in the labyrinth of their legends and folklore. It was a silent war of soundless screaming and invisible bloodshed.


A note to readers: In its eBook format, the story has not been adapted for an American audience so readers should expect alternate spelling and punctuation as well as certain “Britishims.”

Bio from the author’s blog:

I’m a 25 year old Scottish book junkie, who graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2009. I studied ancient and medieval history at uni, and it was in my first year there, in the middle of a classical literature lecture, that I first came up with the idea for Lunarmorte.

I’ve been writing since as long as I can remember, and I have a particular interest in the paranormal, fantasy and sci-fi genres, but I had been waiting for something fresh and original to hit me in the head. It suddenly occurred to me during that lecture, what an amazing fit Greek mythology could be as an origin story for supernaturals.

I love pulling pieces of historical fact (or mythology) and twisting it to fit my stories, and am more than thankful my degree is being put to good use in my writing.

To read the author’s full bio or to check out her blog, click here.

Thank you to the author for the eBook for review.

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