I just finished reading O.R. Melling’s first YA/MG “The Chronicles of Faerie” book, The Hunter’s Moon. Sorry it took so long to read – been pretty busy. Anyway, here’s a little blurb, courtesy of Amulet Publishing:
Gwen and her Irish cousin Findabhair share an obsession for all things magical, especially the ancient fairy myths of beautiful creatures who lure humans into danger. Still, when Gwen arrives in Ireland for a summer of backpacking with Findabhair, she expects only the usualy road trip excitement: late nights, interesting strangers, and no parents. She does not expect to do battle with the King of Faerie himself.
On a lark, the two girls camp inside a scared grave mound on the mystical hill of Tara. That night Findabhair is kinapped by the King, and it is up to Gwen, alone in a different country, to save her. With the help of friends she meets alongs the way, including a leprechaun with bad driving habits, a girl farmer, and a gorgeous eighteen-year-old Irish king, Gwen chases the fairy court across Ireland, trying to outwit the masters of trickery. But all her bravery and resourcefulness may not save her cousin or herself, for it’s the time of the Hunter’s Moon and the fairies need a sacrifice.
Personally, I felt an immediate affinity with the main character, Gwen. She feels insecure and feels as though her fancies are childish, just as sometimes I do to my favorite children’s books (yeah, I still have, um, all of them…). But I enjoyed the relationship between the two cousins. There was friendship, even as there was frustration that comes with having a sibling. It was obvious that the two girls were practically sisters even though they lived a continent apart. Especially at the end of the book, I felt as though, even though they had both grown up a little, their friendship was still just as strong, which I admired.
I also liked the characterization of the two Kings, and the romance that was in the book. There was danger and adventure, and the people Gwen met along her journey were simply fabulously written. And I won’t give anything away, but my favorite part of the book was at the end – it was so unexpected and different from everything. I appreciated the lack of a stereotypical ending.
Now I’ll have to read other books by thing author, but for now, a Bloody Jack novel is up next for me!