Saturday 30 September 2023

Book Review: The Hunting Moon (The Luminaries #2) by Susan Dennard (YA Fantasy)

Title: The Hunting Moon (The Luminaries #2)
Author: Susan Dennard
Publisher: Daphne Press
Publication Date: 7 November 2023
Pages: 304
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: YA Fantasy
Source: ARC via NetGalley

Winnie Wednesday has gotten everything she thought she wanted. She passed the deadly hunter trials, her family has been welcomed back into the Luminaries, and overnight, she has become a local celebrity.

The Girl Who Jumped. The Girl Who Got Bitten.

Unfortunately, it all feels wrong. For one, nobody will believe her about the new nightmare called the Whisperer that's killing hunters each night. Everyone blames the werewolf, even though Winnie is certain the wolf is innocent.

On top of that, following her dad's convoluted clues about the Dianas, their magic, and what happened in Hemlock Falls four years ago is leaving her with more questions than answers.

Then to complicate it all, there is still only one person who can help Jay Friday, the boy with plenty of problems all his own.

As bodies and secrets pile up around town, Winnie finds herself questioning what it means to be a true Wednesday and a true Luminary―and also where her fierce-hearted loyalties might ultimately have to lie.


The Hunting Moon was a pleasing continuation of the Luminaries series which launched us almost immediately back into the action as Winnie tried to come to terms with the events of the first book while also continuing her hunt for the Whisperer and the truth about her father. There were a few subtle twists along the way and the story was well paced throughout, although there was perhaps a little less mystery and tension than in book one. Nonetheless, this second volume ended leaving me wanting to know how things would eventually come to a head for all the characters, so I am definitely keen to read on to volume three. I am giving it four stars.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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