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First Book in the Witch Boy Trilogy
on March 6, 2003
For the past six months, 17-year-old Marcus Aurelius has been changing, not just physically, but mentally--as in gaining telekinetic powers. As if that weren't frightening enough, Marcus believes he may have killed his girlfriend, Jules, in a bizarre fit in the woods.
Leaving this mystery unanswered for the moment (hopefully it'll be resolved in one of the following two books: "Dark Prince" and "Blood War"), he, his mother, and his "familiar" (Chuck, a bluetick hound) move to Blackwater, where he meets a coven of Celtic witches who know more about him than he knows about himself. But what's even eerier--and what could possibly send him over the edge--is that one of his female classmates looks exactly like Jules.
While told in the first person, which you would think would make the story more revealing, I found "Witch Boy" rather confusing, mainly because of Moon's surreal, complicated writing style. While it's a nice change of pace from most teen fiction (the profanity was definitely unexpected), I think this book/trilogy is better suited for more advanced teen readers (or even adults) who are into fantasy and Celtic mythology. The cliffhanger at the end of "Witch Boy" will certainly make fans want to read the next two books.