MOON SHADOWS
by Nora Roberts, Jill Gregory, Ruth Ryan Langan, Marianne Willman

October 2004
ISBN: 0-515-13831-2
Reviewer Graphic Button Jove Books
Mass Market Paperback
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In their latest anthology writers and friends Nora Roberts, Jill Gregory, Ruth Ryan Langan and Marianna Willman have chosen the mysteries of the moon as the common thread for their stories.


Wolf Moon by Nora Roberts is first up. Simone goes on a once in a lifetime journey to Italy and while there she is attacked and bitten by a wolf. She returns to he home in Maine and does her best to live a normal life while hiding her terrible secret. Eleven years have passed and she still fights this terrible curse. When her pet dog becomes sick Simone leaves the sanctuary of her home to take him to the vet whom she discovers is a young and very handsome Gabe. Although she feels an attraction to this handsome man Simone is reluctant to trust him and reveal her secrets.


The Moon Witch by Jill Gregory finds Princess Gwynna Callemore leaving on a quest to save her sister who has been placed under a curse that has stolen her youth and beauty. Gwynna must travel to Org and ask their sworn enemy Keir of Blackthorn for help in saving here sister. Will he help Gwynna save her sister or will evil prevail and destroy them all?


Blood On The Moon by Ruth Ryan Langan takes us to the Highlands where all things evil are alive and well. Alana Lament provides a home and safe haven for the many orphan children left by the destruction. Royce MacLish is a Robin Hood character of sorts trying to right the wrongs done to his family by killing one warrior at a time. When he meets Alana he has strong feelings that he must protect her and keep her safe at all costs.


West Of The Moon by Marianne Willman is the last story of the book. In her tale based on fairytales and folklore Willman has Phoebe Sutton embark on a journey that will change her life forever. She meets her childhood friend who has been placed under a spell to make him appear hideous. Will she be able to look beyond the outward appearance and see the good heart with in before itís too late?


Overall this book was a disappointment. None of the stories captured my imagination and the characters were mundane at best. I didnít get the compelling feeling that a good story gives me to get to the end but rather had to make myself keep turning pages. Clearly for this reviewer at least these are not the authorís best works. Hopefully the next collaberation by these authors will be more satisfying.


Reviewed in May 2005 by Barbara.