Light of the Moon (Legend of the Dreamer #1)
by David James
Summary: Stars. Fire. Blood. Magic.
One night long ago, a constellation disappeared and fell from the sky in the form of a boy.
Secrets are being kept in the sleepy town of Lakewood Hollow, Colorado. Nothing but pools of blood and dripping words are left where bodies once were, and no one but Calum Wade seems to be worried. Life unfolds in shades of red for Calum, until a mysterious girl named Kate Black enrolls at his school and everything changes. Suddenly a dangerous world of dream demons, elemental enchanters, and blood witches unfurls before Calum. He learns that the stars have forever held his destiny, and that the constellations above are much more than what they seem. As Kate and Calum sink deep into a paranormal war, they realize that an ancient prophecy might hold the answers they seek. But life is not so easy for Calum, and he can feel his heart beat faster whenever Kate is close. Worse, Kate's blood holds a dark secret even more dangerous than the war between the demons and enchanters. Soon the two find that there are worse things than loving someone you shouldn't. For Calum and Kate, even love and the fiery power of stars may not be enough to break a curse as dark as the blood that binds their destiny.
A romantic story of true love and dark curses, LIGHT OF THE MOON will leave you breathless.
Source: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Light of the Moon was a vivid story. The writing was descriptive and poetic, with a focus on colors and emotions and sensations. Instead of feeling like I saw a movie in my head, it was more like flashes of short scenes, colors, and images. The plot was interesting and full of twists and magic and I felt like I was thrown into it all and absorbing it piece by piece. I really enjoyed the writing style of the author.
Calum was an interesting character with a haunting past and suffered from strange dreams that only served to confuse him more. Besides having his best friend, Tyler, Calum struggled with fitting in and figuring out who he was as a person. The dreams called him by another name, so his struggle with identity was centered both in the real world and the magical world that eventually made itself known to him. He was inexplicably drawn to the new girl, Kate, despite her obvious hatred for him immediately. Some scenes were written from Kate’s point of view, which I enjoyed because Calum spent so much time puzzling over her meanings and intentions and hatred. It was nice to get inside of her head and understand her character a little better.
The plot was unpredictable and unique. There were a lot of mythological/magical elements blended together, some of them familiar to me, others less so. I loved the way the elements were woven together and how vividly they were described. It was as if the author wrote with all of his senses heightened and each scene was just dripping with vibrant colors and sensations. Calum was almost too intense with the way he analyzed each moment and detail, but I also appreciated the depth of his character and struggle because of it.
Overall, Light of the Moon is a great book and I’m hooked. I can’t wait for the rest of the series and I grew to really like Calum’s character as he grew and became a stronger person. I recommend the book and found it especially refreshing since it’s written from the boy’s point of view, yet it’s still very much a love story.
“Sometimes being brave just means falling in love.”
Light of the Moon by David James
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