Viper Moon (Earth Witches #1) by Lee Roland
Source: Personal shelf
Cassandra Archer is the Huntress. She has faithfully served the Earth Mother for years, rescuing kidnapped children from monsters-both human and supernatural-dwelling in the ruins of the Barrows District. But when two children are kidnapped under similar circumstances, all clues point to a cataclysmic event on the next dark moon. Now Cass must race against the clock and prevent a sacrifice that could destroy the entire town.
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Viper Moon is Lee Roland‘s debut novel and it shows. There are some great elements to the novel but there are also many aspects to the world and story that seemed a bit tired.
What I liked: Cassandra’s relationship with her witch mentor and friend Abby and with her animals. Detective Flynn, who comes into Cass’ life because his sister is missing because he’s tough and caring. Cassandra’s burgeoning relationship with Flynn, which moves quickly but seems rooted in genuine feelings. Dacardi and Michael, the darker men in Cass’ world, who are possibly the most interesting characters in the novel. The basic plot, since there were some nice reveals in the latter half of the novel that made things a bit more interesting.
What I didn’t like as much: Unfortunately, Cass. She seems kind of cardboard compared to the other characters in Viper Moon. Her snake, Nefertiti, seems better developed than Cass. This is a big problem to me since the protagonist is the anchor of the story and Viper Moon‘s lead just didn’t inspire me. In fact, I put the book down several times to read other stories since I kept losing interest in Cass.
Will I read Vengeance Moon when it comes out next year? Perhaps, but I think I’ll wait until it arrives at the public library.