Series: Calling the Moon, #2
Published by Wild Rose Press on August 18, 2017
Genres: Shifters, Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: N/A
Reviewed by: Kristina
Julie Hall thinks she has the hang of mothering her Werewolf baby Carson, until the night she wakes to frantic barking and finds her house on fire. Arson. Paranormal fire creatures want to kill Carson—and an unknown Were may be helping them.
As if fire-spawning Salamanders and a mysterious Werewolf aren't dangerous enough, Julie soon faces even closer threats. Her trusted friend Eliza harbors a secret and Julie’s new understanding of Werewolves threatens to tear apart her team. Meanwhile, her relentless enemies will burn everything in their path, if they can’t get to Carson.
Will Julie’s efforts to protect Carson do more harm than good?
Tension is a major mood in WAXING MOON which is felt in so many tones from Julie having to deal with conflicting desires for how Julie should live her life to the very real threat of a rival supernatural group bent on killing her son, Carson. Much of the story is action-packed and pretty thrilling to read. What I was most intrigued by was the expansion of the werewolf culture and world along with the new supernatural adversaries, the Salamanders. We get to figure out more about the types of werewolves there are and exactly how their powers work along with their long standing feud with the Salamanders. While I am not a fan of naming a group of people who are not a sports team or actual salamanders, Salamanders, I found them to be excellent and dangerous adversaries especially with their powers which are an exact contrast to the werewolves' powers.
Part of the tension felt between Julie and the werewolf pack is in how they want to care for Carson and in their conversations, we see the insular and at times prejudice nature of the culture the pack wants to indoctrinate Carson into. While the pack is well meaning and generally are good people, I could really feel for Julie in her need to control the situation with Carson and his being a werewolf as much as she can.
Overall, WAXING MOON is a great continuation of this series, that expands on the universe through new threats to Julie, her son, and the pack. There are some new revelations that happen at the very end that assuaged my concerns in the first book about how long the series could go on without feeling like it was in a holding pattern.Series Titles: