Harry Moyes

Smashwords book reviews by Harry Moyes

  • Wolf Rampant Trilogy on July 19, 2016

    Very competently written set of novels, with a few twists to the usual werewolf world building. A real pleasure to read. The spin off bloodling serial is also well plotted and confidently written. Waiting with interest for the new trilogy to make it out of Amazons walled garden. As the author clearly states this is not particularly spicy, but it is imaginative and entertaining. Shoka
  • Midnight Labyrinth: Elemental Legacy #1 on Nov. 09, 2017

    Another superb addition to the "Elemental" stories. Nice to see the whole set are available on Smashwords again, and the "Cambio Springs" set as well. All are superbly and thoughtfully written, a real joy to read. New "Cambio Springs" novel at the end of the month, and at least four more in the Elemental Legacy series. Cant wait....
  • The Devil and the Dancer: A Paranormal Romance Novella on March 22, 2019

    Another nice addition to the "Elemental" canon. Set in New York while Tenzin and Ben are occupied with the events in "Blood Apprentice", It features cameo appearances by Giovanni and Beatrice, the main characters from the "Elemental Mysteries" sequence of books, the initial books in the series. The male protagonist Gavin Wallace we have met before, as the broker of the deal where Beatrice was traded to Giovanni's nemesis Lorenzo, in "This Same Earth", so he is *not* Beatrice's favorite person, especially as the female protagonist is Chloe Reardon, human and very much under the aegis of Giovanni and Bernice, not to mention Ben and Tenzin. Chloe first appears as a minor character in "Midnight Labyrinth", as vulnerable and abused. Her recovery and rising confidence are chronicled there and in the start of "Blood Apprentice". This novella however, does not explode into the violence that the situation threatens, but chronicles a growing relationship between a very patient Gavin, and a growing and flowering Chloe. It's an unashamed love story, and none the worse for that. Shoka
  • Night's Reckoning: Elemental Legacy #3 on Nov. 27, 2019

    This is the third novel in Elizabeth Hunters "Elemental Legacy" series following the story of Ben Vecchio and Tenzin. This is the third story arc in the Elemental Series, and so far comprises three novellas and, as of this book, three full novels. The first arc of four books, "Elemental Mysteries" follows Giovanni Vecchio and Beatrice De Novo over four novels. The second arc "Elemental World" follows four different couples, and continues filling in and extending the common back story from the "Elemental Mysteries". The "Elemental Legacy" series is set after the finale of the first two story arc's, and up to present, has comprised a series of adventures with Ben and Tenzin's recovering missing artifacts, set against a back story of the continuing and developing and evolving relationship between Ben, the still human nephew of Giovanni and Beatrice, and Tenzin, an ancient vampire sired to wind. This latest book is definitely darker, and more intense, with a much stronger involvement with the political background, continuing the original backstory of vampire politics that infused the first two arcs. Still a treasure hunt, but against a more momentous background. The whole "Elemental Series" over the three story arcs is superb but extensive, and though the author is careful to make each story self contained and accessible to a new reader, the sheer ingenuity of the stories will not become clear without more background. The next in the "Elemental Legacy" series is due in spring 2020, and another novella following one of the couples from the second story arc is due out before Christmas. So do not miss this slice of the story, but if you are not yet familiar with the world in which it is set, do yourself a favor and also get started on the "Elemental Series". The first arc is available on Smashwords as a boxed set. Harry
  • Paladin's Kiss: A Paranormal Mystery Romance on Aug. 23, 2022

    Another excellent story (number 3) in Elizabeth Hunter's Elemental Covenant series. The back pages have another present surprise. Another Ben and Tenzin story before the end of the year :) :) :) And the fourth Elemental Covenant is projected for summer 2023
  • Pearl Sky: An Elemental Legacy Story on Dec. 08, 2022

    Another superb story in the Elemental Legacy series. Clever and intricate, Only problem is that it's impossible to put down, so I read it cover to cover in one session. Now the long wait for the next episode.....
  • The Thirteenth Month on June 11, 2023

    Elizabeth Hunter, author of the widely acclaimed "Elemental" novels, in four series, has started a new series. This is not related in any way to her Elemental books, but is a time travel/magic tale, and the start of (at least) a three book series. Her books have always contained beautifully described details of the environment of her novels, set in places ranging from China, The Caribbean, Italy, North America, South America and Ethiopia. In many cases you can track down the actual places she describes on google earth. Since she is married to an Ethiopian, it's a place close to her heart, and has already featured in several of her novels. The new book is also entirely set in Ethiopia, over a time span ranging from 55 years or so into the future, back somewhere in the 14th century. The book starts gently, in Addis Ababa 55 years into the future, painting a picture of an Ethiopia and World, somewhat futuristic, but also recognisable, with zip-bikes and electric tuk-tuk's. Each chapter has a date reference at the start, some absolute some relative. The protagonist, and the book in general uses the Ethiopian calendar. The thirteenth month is not something invented by Elizabeth, it's real and current. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethiopian_calendar https://www.ethiopiancalendar.net The opening chapter starts gently with a a description of daily life, all very peaceful and quiet. Do not be fooled, this is high adventure. Its also brilliantly written. Hunter is probably my favourite author currently writing, and this book is a masterpiece. I've read it and reread it and still find subtlety's that have escaped me in earlier readings. The only downside is that I have to wait a year for another episode, mitigated only by the next "elemental Covenant book due out in September.