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Rising Moon (Shadow Guild: Wolf Queen) Paperback – May 16, 2021
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- ASIN : B0952M1J69
- Publisher : Independently published (May 16, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 262 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8505014554
- Item Weight : 13 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.66 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,061,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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We find our heroes still looking for the maker. Lachlan is under a curse to forget Eve, but they still work together towards their main goal. I’m glad they finally didn’t fight the urge to be together, that was driving me crazy! Lol and I was expecting it to be slightly more steamy. But this story isn’t necessarily about the romance but still makes it great for romance lovers like myself. I can’t wait for the fifth book but it’s also sad the story will be over soon. Hopefully the fifth book will have more chapters.
Dang! But this series always has a way of saving the best for last. I like Eve and Lachlan (Lachlan?) and I think the book was entertaining enough. More history lessons and some adventure with exciting danger. The twist was unexpected but pleasantly so, but also something I should’ve seen coming? The two were aggravating because of the risks they took in this book and they even got a free pass, and STILL managed to mess up. And yet I feel like I can’t be mad at them because of their plot armor which comes in the form of their mate bond. “Can’t blame them for their actions, the bond made them do it.” But if you can tell me that they actually messed up then let me hop on that train to soothe my irritation.
Other than their annoying consequence that dominoed everything, I was content. I can’t wait to read the last book.
It pretty much follows the same pattern as the previous books ... more battles, quests, discoveries, danger, potions, etc. But at this point I'm starting to feel like maybe this story is dragging a bit too much. Yes, we discover a little bit more about what the h, Eve, is as well as more about the Maker, but the battles are starting to seem the same, the Maker always escapes. Even the quests are starting to seem the same ... i.e., they follow a new lead, discover a small piece that gives them another clue or lead, and then barely escape as they have to battle dangers or spelled traps on their way out. A lot of these discoveries could have been consolidated into 2 books so that this was a 3 book series rather than five.
The H and h are STILL fighting the mate bond. Something they're not supposed to be able to resist even if they don't love each other, but these two are falling in love, so it's harder to believe. I guess the author thought so too as she decided to have the H succumb to a memory loss curse in this book. He forgets who the h is (but remembers everyone and everything else) which allows them to fight the fated mate bond through most of this book. (Again, if this story had been consolidated into just 3-4 books, this aspect of the story might have made more sense without the need for a memory loss curse. Thankfully, they do finally give in near the end, but with dire consequences. (Don't expect fireworks either, this isn't that kind of story. Though fireworks might have been nice after waiting through 4 books.)
At the end of this book, the h (Eve) has managed to lift the dark moon curse from those who succumbed or were cursed by the Maker, but she did so to her own detriment. The Maker has escaped (again) but at least this time it appears he may not be as powerful as he once was. We've learned Eve is even more than we thought and could become even more powerful. But will she be able to survive the final transition? And if she does, what will happen if she succumbs to the consequences of saving everyone else? Will the Maker return and who is he really? Will Eve and Lachlan ever be able to get together? What did the prophecy really mean? Finally, on to the last book, #5, and hopefully, all these questions will be answered.
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Having forced Eve to transition into the first Dire wolf to be seen in hundreds of years, he ultimately failed, as he believed he could, to control her once in this form. With Eve having fought off the urge to submit, and the Maker realising he had to retreat to fight another day, he did manage to rip some flesh from her which he took with him to wherever it is he hides out.
Now, we join Lachlan and Eve as they are meeting up shortly after the battle to try to figure out what exactly it is the Maker wants. Of course the couple are also distracted about their growing feelings for one another, which means death to either or both. Lachlan to the dark moon curse and Eve because it has been prophesied.
As they're about to meet up, the Maker appears and attacks Lachlan. He awakes relatively unscathed, with only one small issue. He has no recollection of who Eve actually is. As he remembers everything that has occurred between the two of them, all he has is a vague shadowy outline of who is presumably Eve, but no actual memories of feelings. This is good right? He remembers everything so they're at a disadvantage there, but not remembering Eve simply means he has no feelings for her and so the dark moon curse can't surely take hold. It's a win-win!
So, Lachlan and Eve with help as always from her guild members Mac, Carrow and Seraphia carry on working on the Maker's game plan, when they discover a couple of wolves from a clan in Wales have become affected with the dark moon curse when it has never been in any of their ancestors blood. Then, Lachlan as leader of Guild City's shifters is called to an emergency meeting with all the other leaders, Eve as her own species is also allowed to have a representative seat and they find out that two clans in Cornwall and Devon have reignited a war that tentatively ended a hundred years before and are threatening discovery by non-magica. To prevent this both clans will need to be erradicated. Lachlan and Eve ask to be given time to investigate before this happens.
What they discover when conducting reconnaissance is that every member of both clans have been infected with the dark moon curse, and Eve believes she knows how the Maker has done this, if not why!
Another well written book which sees Eve finding more and more about herself whilst finding more questions to be answered. I hope the first so book - if the next is the final one - gives all these answers. I have a feeling that if I read them all again in quick succession of have more than the questions that stand out after reading this book, as so me answers so far only seem half answers and I'm hoping we get that 'lightbulb' moment still.
Linsey as ever, describes everything beautifully and it is easy to believe you're at the places she describes, plus we get the added bonus of history lessons that we don't even know we're learning at the time 😁.
I would like to see more of the other members of Eve's builds some seem almost forgotten and I'd have personally Quinn would have more input being another shifter - one who left Lachlan's guild to join Carrow's when she discovered their new guild. I'd have also thought that Grey would have either been at the final battle or made his excuses like Hades did, and I missed any mention of Beatrix, another shifter of sorts. I appreciate it can get a bit busy to try to remember all these characters and give them all roles, but surely a girls' night for the Shadow Guild would involve all the girls and not just Mac and Carrow. I just think it adds to the authenticity when other characters are remembered. The same with Mordaca. She and her sister Aerdeca always used to work spells together using both their blood, but now it's only Mordaca who seems to do them.
Whilst these points take nothing from the series, it would be nice to see some consistency for those of us who are.possibly a tad obsessed lol
Another storyline I cannot fault and the tension is building ready for the outcome and long awaited answers.. I am very much looking forward to Linsey's next masterpiece.
5 stars - less than a day to read because I cannot put it down. I only give 5 stars if it has managed to engage extra emotions from me - extreme lol moments or real teary moments etc. A 5 stars book tends to have me raging about cliff hangers and (legally and not creepily) stalking the author for release dates.
4 stars - 2 days to read or less. A book that I have quite enjoyed reading, feisty MC and some racy scenes with thier romantic interest. I would definitely follow a series and author for 4 star books.
3 stars - takes around 2/3 days to read, usually because I have become distracted and less engaged in some sections but by the end the end I have enjoyed the overall story and would read any sequels.
1/2 stars not given, as I have usually returned it without finishing as I'm not engaged. .
The maker has found a way to curse a whole bunch of shifters even if they werent cursed like Lachlans family.
Eve finally finds out who and what she is. Can she stop the maker before Lachlan and the rest of the shifter succumb to the curse?
Read from the beginning of the series for the best experience.