The Dark of the Moon by E.S. Bell ~ 5 Stars
OMG!!!! Is this book for real!? While paranormal/fantasy is not my normal genre, I have to say I am blown away by this phenomenal book. I am in awe of E.S. Bell’s beautifully written words and her fascinating, imaginative mind. This author surprised us all with a very unique story compared to what she has written in the past. It’s bold and beautiful. I admit I had a difficult time keeping up and remembering all the terms J. I am blaming that solely on English as my second language though. Some of the vocabulary is hard for me to grasp, but I think the fantasy world has its own vernacular that you have to learn. Fortunately, the author provided a comprehensive glossary at the end of the book and that really saved my life. How did I know it’s at the end? I usually scan the book at the beginning and the end, and then go through it slowly J Don’t judge J I also want to point out that the story is long with many characters so you need to really pay attention to all of them and their roles.
The storyline is obviously very fascinating and unique. The heroine Selena is a skilled warrior who is gifted with a special magic. A decade before, during a war, Selena summoned the seas to destroy her enemy but unfortunately hundreds of innocent people died. As a result of that, Selena was left with a crescent-shaped hole in her chest which breathes icy breaths. Now, Selena is given an opportunity to heal her wound in exchange for killing two priests. She is not sure she can kill without being provoked. Will Selena go through with the mission given her past actions that resulted in so much pain and suffering? The hero, Sebastian is a merciless assassin. His life’s mission is revenge against the Zak’reth who murdered his family. Sebastian takes one last job but he finds out his target is Selena, the same warrior who killed hundreds of Zak’reth which ended the war. What must he do? Murder Selena or betray the dark forces who hired him. The characters in this book are all complex and interesting. Sebastian seems dark, cold and dangerous but there is more to him than what meets the eye. When Sebastian’s family died part of him died right along with them. All his life Sebastian wants blood revenge but he is tired of it all. When Sebastian met Selena, he was intrigued by her kindness and courage. Selena is kindhearted, compassionate and so easy to love. During the journey to fulfill their missions they fell in love, but it’s complicated and plagued with, lies, deceit, and drama all around them. As I mentioned the story is unique, complex, and nothing is quite as it seems. You have to use your imagination and get lost in this fantasy world. There is a lot going on – war, criminals, pirates, secrets and the vast ocean surround. Half the time you will be on the edge of your seat anticipating what will happen next. If you enjoy magic, mystery, fantasy worlds action packed with twists and turns, strong heroes and heroines – this book is definitely for you. I find the story quite thrilling – it will hook and reel you in. I urge you to get a glass of wine, sit back, relax and enjoy! My husband is finally reading one of my favorite books and IT’S THIS ONE!!! He loves fantasy.
Bon Voyage everyone!!!
PS: A movie on the horizon perhaps? Kind of reminds me of Pirates of the Caribbean 🙂
Goodreads link: http://bit.ly/2wkoN6p
(Teaser done by the author – repost)