Midnight Moon (Midnight Moon A Nightcreature Novel, Volume 5) Hardcover – 2006
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Cassandra, whom we met in the previous book, is now on a mission for the Jager-Suchers to Haiti, where she must uncover the secrets to resurrecting the dead. She goes in the guise of helping her friends Diana and Adam, the latter whom is cursed with becoming a werewolf one day. But she also intends to learn for herself--for a far more personal and tragic reason. Her single-minded determination leads her to Devon Murphy, who agrees to guide her into the heart of a sinister voodoo sorcerer's territory, a place rumored that none ever return from. As the two adventurers draw closer to the answer of the mysterious ritual needed to raise the dead, danger binds them ever tighter in its tempting grip.
I was very excited to see Handeland continuing with Cassandra's story; the spirited and unique voodoo priestess from New Orleans. Her vitality and charm are somewhat more subdued in this installment though, as she searches for something that she desperately wants to fulfill her happiness. Her one track minded mentality is a direct hindrance to the romance, which unfortunately takes a backseat in this book. Murphy is a charismatic opportunist himself and is not without his own secrets. His and Cassandra's relationship is not really one built on romance per say, more like pure and simple lust. Cassandra's behavior can be looked at in an understandable light though once readers learn of her motives.Read more ›
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you get so involved with the characters that at times you do feel the pain of lossing a child and also how hard it is to not feel that if has been a better mother she could and should have been able to prevent the loss of her little girl
***** As this series continues to unfold, each segment grows more fascinating. Cassandra's story is one you want to hurry to finish, but to savor as well. Moreover, the Juger Sachers are endlessly intriguing, especially their boss, Edward. Though if he were a truly living person he might shoot me for saying this, Edward is a character who is very easy to love, bringing a dry wit to the story that will charm you. *****
Reviewed by Amanda Killgore for Huntress Reviews.
Cassandra was so desperate to get her dead daughter back that she would (and did) do anything. Devon had lived such a hard life and still had a deep core of goodness. These characters were well developed and very likable. Cassandra's love of a snake was a lot hard for me to understand but.... different strokes.
This was a great adventure, love story and giggle out loud to boot! Can't wait for the next story from her.
That's all there really is to her story: she meets 'mysterious bad boy thief' Devon Murphy in Haiti while looking for a way to raise her daughter from the dead, they talk, get shot at, meet a voodoo master, have sex, learn new things about shapeshifters, have sex, more sex, and Cassandra has to go back home to New Orleans but he meets up with her there for some more sex. That's it. The only saving grace in the story is the rich details of Haiti and voodoo, but it comes in small pinches. I'm all for sex but it could have been so much more magical if 'sex' didn't equal 'love' in this book.
Cassandra's Haitian journey takes her far into areas of voodoo she had never planned to explore. With her guide, Devon Murphy, she sets out to find the mysterious bukor, Mezareau. Cassandra never expected to find love again- but is Murphy the kind of man who will stick around? Together, they will have to face some unusual circumstances that will make both of them re-examine everything in which they believe.
MIDNIGHT MOON is the fifth book in the Nightcreature series. Lori Handeland picks up the story of Priestess Cassandra, who appeared previously in CRESCENT MOON. Each book in this series is a stand alone novel despite the reoccurrence of several characters. Ms. Handeland does an excellent job at orienting new readers to the world of the Jager-Suchers without boring long-time readers of the series.
Priestess Cassandra is a fascinating character and one this reviewer is excited to see with her own book. Her story is hinted at in CRESCENT MOON but is fully developed in MIDNIGHT MOON. Readers will sympathize with Cassandra's desire to hold onto her daughter at all costs while hoping anxiously that she will be willing to take the first steps into a new future. Cassandra's growth both as a woman and as a voodoo priestess is an essential element of MIDNIGHT MOON.
MIDNIGHT MOON is an outstanding paranormal novel that delves deeply into the world of voodoo. Lori Handeland has created the perfect backdrop for Cassandra's story by setting the tale in Haiti. The romantic elements of MIDNIGHT MOON are not quite as strong as in previous books but the paranormal elements make this one of the best books in the series. Ms. Handeland has firmly established herself as a leading writer of paranormal books with MIDNIGHT MOON!
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