The Moonstone (The Wolfmoon Series)
Finna’s mother is dead. So why is this woman standing on her stoop claiming to be just that? Catriona arrives bearing a gift—a luminous moonstone that holds the secrets to Finna’s heritage. What heritage? Catriona insists that the two of them must journey to the castle of the Celtic moon goddess, Arianrhod.
The story Catriona weaves is preposterous. A parallel reality, known as the ‘Otherworld’, exists next to this one. “The moonstone will show the way,” Catriona intones cryptically.
Newly pregnant Finna is naturally skeptical, but Catriona is uncannily persuasive, convincing her despite her misgivings.
What a trip through this alternate reality really means, and the secrets Catriona reveals about their family and the baby Finna carries, have Finna questioning everything she has ever known. With her life and that of her unborn child in jeopardy, Finna must find a way to survive
My Book Review
I received this book, compliments of the author for review. This in no way influenced my opinions.
Finna, a young naive pregnant woman is reunited with her supposedly dead mother, Catriona who arrives bearing a gift—a luminous moonstone that holds the secrets to Finna’s heritage. After some persuasion they travel together to the castle of the Celtic moon goddess, Arianrhod.
Catriona tells her daughter of a parallel reality, the ‘Otherworld’, which she finds hard to believe at first. But during the journey she cannot deny the magical realities she encounters.
Finna experiences a sharp a learning curve on her way to Arianrhod, as well as unbelievable revelations at the end of the journey, along with a new reality for Finna and her unborn child.
I didn’t find either Catriona or Finna relatable, which made this a difficult read to begin with. Also it dragged in places, over explained in others, and the rare areas of action seemed hurried in comparison. However, I enjoyed the mysticism, the magic, and fell into the wonder of Broadwell’s ‘Otherworld,’ and eventually understood the characters as they evolved throughout their journey, via sacrifice, revelation and extraordinary experience.
Overall, if you enjoy reading about magic, the Celts and like your fiction more fantasy than reality, you’ll enjoy this book. It’s the first of The Wolfmoon series too, so there’s much more to look forward to. This book is set in the 1980’s and the next set in 2009, so I’m already wondering what how Finna has passed the time.