I loved Viper Moon, the first book in Lee roland's Earth
Witches series, and while VENGEANCE MOON didn't quite live
up to her debut, I hope more in the series will. In this
second installment, a curse on Madeline Corso will be
lifted once she has disposed of the last of three men who
killed her father and witch mother. The curse makes
Madeline relive the murder of her parents in vivid detail.
Things go wrong as she avenges her parents and she is
imprisoned and disciplined by the Sisters of Justice, an
organization of strong women who track down and take out
dark witches who go against the Earth Mother's edicts. For
the last six years, Madeline has trained with their elite
warriors in weapons and self-defense so she is ready for
action when the third killer is found.
The last villain has been traced to the Barrows in Duivel,
Missouri, a dicey area, warded from humans, rife with gangs
and vicious beasties alike. A brooding guide, a powerful
witch and some priceless weapons will play roles in
Madeline's mission to finally lift the curse.
Roland reacquaints readers with many of the same characters
as in Viper Moon including Cass, but the romance of the
novel is between Michael and Madeline. Michael is rich and
alluring with the face of an angel, but it's not quite
clear if this is a mask or his true nature. Their romance
was a bit too spontaneous for my taste and was part of my
issue with this book, but I also didn't think Madeline's
character was as well-developed as Cass's in the first
The action and mystery elements, my favorite parts, of the
book move quickly and will keep readers guessing until
the end. Lots of questions arise as to trust and loyalties
which keep the relationships complex. Perhaps the third
book will delve more into Etienne's character, which if
done well, could be fabulous as he's as complex as they get.
â€śOn my seventeenth birthday, my motherâ€™s last gift to me
was a vision of deathâ€”and a curseâ€¦â€ť
Corso canâ€™t rest until she hunts down the three unknown
assailants who killed her father and witch mother. Two of
them are now dead by her hand. But the third eludes her
while she serves time with the Sisters of Justiceâ€”a
mysterious order of female warriors with ties to her mother.
The Sisters have tracked the last murderer to Duivel,
Missouri, and the dark underworld of the Barrows. But
Madelineâ€™s release is contingent on her fulfillment of a
mission for the Sisters. Madeline doesnâ€™t question them, but
once in the Barrows, she discovers that things arenâ€™t what
Can she rely on Michael, a handsome and enigmatic local
businessman, to help her navigate a world of men and beasts?
Or will she lose her heart before the mission is complete?