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on Feb. 05, 2013 :
I am still loving this series.
I was a bit worried that this entry would focus on an actual Vampire Child, and happily surprised that it didn't. The focus remained on Samantha Moon, her feelings, and her dealings with the rest of the world.
Like the other reviewer here, I'm not a huge fan of the increasing religiosity, but I absolutely LOVED the "occult library" bits, the ghosts, and the expansion of the vampire community, so to speak, to include other characters with varying levels of good and evil. It's difficult, though not impossible, to have all of those things in this kind of book without at least a cursory mention of religion, but...
*****MINOR SPOILER ALERT FOR LATER VOLUMES*****
... I am happy that there's less of it in subsequent volumes. I enjoyed those more. Samantha Moon does get back to some more actual detective work, and her interactions with the supernatural world AND her family and friends lose that somewhat tedious religiosity.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Aug. 04, 2011 :
This installment of the Samantha Moon series follows on directly from the cliffhanger at the end of #3. Sam has a difficult, nearly impossible choice to make regarding her dying son, and having made it, she has to live with the consequences of her actions. It's a reasonably entertaining read, and I liked the development of certain relationships, but there's a lot of padding in the writing - the same reactions ande decisions are described multiple times (though thankfully not quite as much repetition of basic character information as in the other books.) I was very annoyed to find that a quarter of the book's page count is devoted to excerpts from other books from the same author. "Moon Child" turns out to be not much more than a very short novella, or a longish short story, which is a bit of a swizz.
The increasing religiosity of Moon's interactions with the world is getting a little tedious, as are the supernatural abilities she seems to develop just as and when she needs them most. Now the family arc seems mostly to be resolved, perhaps further installments will be meatier and involve her doing actual detective work.
Looking forward to Rain's next Jim Knighthorse novel, but I have to say that Mrs Moon has just about worn out her welcome with this reader, unless the series changes direction away from the spiritual bunk.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)