After the terrorist witch coven known as Moonset was destroyed fifteen years ago—during a secret war against the witch Congress—five children were left behind, saddled with a legacy of darkness. Sixteen-year-old Justin Daggett, son of a powerful Moonset warlock, has been raised alongside the other orphans by the witch Congress, who fear the children will one day continue the destruction their parents started.
A deadly assault by a wraith, claiming to work for Moonset’s most dangerous disciple, Cullen Bridger, forces the five teens to be evacuated to Carrow Mill. But when dark magic wreaks havoc in their new hometown, Justin and his siblings are immediately suspected. Justin sets out to discover if someone is trying to frame the Moonset orphans… or if Bridger has finally come out of hiding to reclaim the legacy of Moonset. He learns there are secrets in Carrow Mill connected to Moonset’s origins, and keeping the orphans safe isn’t the only reason the Congress relocated them…
This is a very intriguing story full of witchcraft and half-truths. Justin and his adoptive family of five have grown up learning that their heritage is one of debauchery and deceit. As the children of Moonset, they have been feared all their lives, shifted from one home to the next, treated like prisoners, and all for a good cause, according to Justin, who doesn’t want to turn out to be anything like his parents. However, not all is as it seems, and when the teens realize their safety is the last item on the Congress’ list, Justin and his family must fight back or meet the same end as their parents.
I have a real problem with adults that treat children/teens badly. And that’s all Justin and his family have ever known, really. The Congress has constantly moved them around, made comments about wishing they would have died alongside their parents, and stood back as entities threatened the teens, only stepping in at the last moment. I was heated throughout much of this novel, just like Justin, and while I do enjoy novels that give me strong emotions, I was so angry at the adults, and even some of the Moonset children, that it kind of took some of the fun out of this novel. No child/teen/adult should ever be treated the way these teens are treated—made fun of (by peers AND adults who are supposed to protect them), made to fend for themselves, refused help or training for protection, using them as pawns to draw out evil, constantly belittling them. Ugh. It sets my teeth on edge just thinking back on the story, and my shoulders are so tense right now it hurts.
Yes, the teens are the children of Moonset, but that doesn’t mean they’ll turn out just like their parents. In fact, the way the Congress treats them pushes them more towards acting out like their parents than if the Congress had been loving and caring from the very beginning… but then again, does the Congress want them to turn into their parents?? Perhaps… Tracey spreads a great message in this novel, one that speaks to the treatment of others as well as the fact that, regardless of our parentage, we are our own beings. And what I really liked about this novel is that, along the way, we realize that maybe, just maybe, Moonset wasn’t exactly what they’ve been chalked up to be. And neither is the Congress. Three and a half stars.
Flux Book has been extremely gracious in allowing me to read an ARC of this novel, via Netgalley, prior to its widespread release on April 8, 2013.