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Kate Haley is a New Zealand author born and raised in Wellington city. She has a Bachelor of Arts in film studies and English literature and is completing a complementary film degree with Honours at Victoria University in Wellington. Her first published work ‘Blackmoon’ was originally written as a ten page short story when she was 12, and the dedication in the front of the book is for the teacher who inspired her to write.
Her second book due out later this year ‘Star Stained Moon’ has no narrative relation to ‘Blackmoon’ and there is not a thing about moons. People keep asking, but it was just a coincidence that the two books with ‘moon’ in the title happened to be finished first.
Hopefully her third book ‘Steel and Stone’ will also publish later this year, but the pressures of finishing a degree come first at the moment. She doesn’t plan to go back to do a fifth year of university which bodes well for the completion of other books, but she didn’t plan on going back for a fourth year either and look what happened.
on March 18, 2012 :
Reads like something Joss Whedon might have written warming up for Buffy. Blackmoon's teenage protagonists have the same wry, ironic sensibilities and when the novel deposits them in a fantasy/action milieu, they can cope because they've seen movies. The plot rattles along, the dialogue is deft, there are thrills aplenty, and there's an intriguing parallel story from ancient times that's on a collision course with the present. Haley keeps the suspense levels high, only gradually revealing the secrets of the sinister family at Blackmoon. You'll want to know what they are.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)
on March 05, 2012 :
This is a fast-paced page-turner, with original urban fantasy ideas blended with some great popular culture references. The main story is set in 2008 and is interwoven nicely with ancient world fantasy. A great read for teenagers as the protagonists are around 18. I thoroughly recommend this.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)