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{January 25, 2013}   {Review} Witch’s Moon by Ralph E. Horner

Witch's MoonFrom Goodreads: Joe Hillery meets Diehla Thorne, the ghost of a witch who’s curse has haunted his family for three-hundred years.  On a life and death wager, she sends Joe back to her time of 1680 New Hampshire. There he has only two days to find a person brave enough to touch the ring on the living witch’s finger.

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If you enjoy a great time travel story complete with witchcraft and suspense, then this is the novel for you.  I first became familiar with Ralph E. Horner’s work when I read his debut time travel novel, Tandem Tryst, and fell in love with the story, the characters, and the writing. Horne does a phenomenal job making his characters extremely real in both of his novels, taking the reader on a journey across time as we fall in love with them and become a part of the story ourselves.  Both Joe Hillery and Diehla Thorne, in Witch’s Moon, are exceptionally well written characters, and in truth, Diehla, a condemned witch, is as scary to me now as she probably would have been perceived during the puritan witch trials, if she were real.  A storybook character that actually scares me is one for the history books, and I loved that she was so real and vivid, as was she coven.  It is vastly apparent that Horner has done much research on puritan times and witchcraft, and let’s just say I’m very glad to have been born in this era. Witchcraft is a scary business, and Horner keeps it very real as he follows the coven into the woods for their satanic rituals.  The sexual deviances of witches and the satanic all together are not overlooked in this novel, and so I wouldn’t say this is a novel for the young.  I don’t even think I’d let my YA read it, though it is very real, as some of the descriptions made me a bit ill.

Joe Hillery is a great male lead, and I enjoyed following his plight as he attempts to not only fit in with the puritans with his 20th century clothes and money, but all infiltrate the coven and bring along a puritan to touch the ring of the most powerful witch in “the world.”  Parts of it were funny, but most of it was quite serious, as it should be with his life on the line as well as that of his beloved.  All in all, I really enjoyed this novel, though a touch morbid (as it should be), and am looking forward to more of Horner’s work.  Four stars.

4 starsI received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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