by Sandy Moffett

July 2002
ISBN: 0-821-77272-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Call Down The Night, the second book in the McInness Legacy trilogy by sisters Julie and Sandy Moffett, is even better than the first... despite the lower rating I gave it. Strangely, while reading and enjoying this book, I was reminded of aspects of Light A Single Candle that I’d been less than pleased with. Perhaps it’s unfair to compare one book to the other, but comparison is hard to escape when the books are from the same series, with the same overall plot and written by sisters.

Call Down The Night has many great aspects about it. One is that like Light A Single Candle, the heroine is strong and more than willing to stand up for herself. In fact, the heroine is a superb character, blessed with brains as well as beauty and not in the least bit hesitant to use her superior intellect. In fact, Alexandra Gables’ life so far has been dedicated to acquiring knowledge and sharing it with others through discussion and writing.

As the entire series is based on events that happened in the history of Salem, Massachusetts, the books are all set there. Alexandra has traveled to Salem to assist in cataloguing rare flowers and is staying with a friend of her fathers’. Upon her arrival, strange things begin happening; as the intuition she’s always lived with strengthens to full blown premonitions, she begins to feel like she’s being watched and her life is endangered.

While this is happening she’s also falling in love with and occasionally one-upping, her host’s son, Pierce Williams. A man whose opinion of women’s intellectual abilities is rather irritating to a woman of science and will probably be even more so to the readers who are women of the new millennium.

Luckily, Pierce doesn’t spend too much time doubting Alexandra’s abilities. He soon shows Alexandra and the readers that he is, on occasion, able to laugh at himself and willing to concede a point, when he’s obviously lost an argument, with relative good humor.

Alexandra and Pierce are enjoyable characters. Alex’s quick wit was often a delight to this reader who loves seeing a woman react well in difficult situations.

One of the things that stood out to me as different from the previous book in this series is that where as in the first book Julie Moffett chose to show things from the villains point-of-view on occasion; in Call Down The Night, Sandy refrained from doing so. The change was a good one and kept readers' attention focused on the hero and heroine. It also increased the sense of mystery and anticipation regarding the final outcome and drew readers’ attention more to the fact that the final book in the story would have all the answers that were building up. My only concern with that is that all three romances must wait to have their happily ever afters until the final book and readers are left hanging until then. It also puts added pressure on the author, to put a close to three different relationships. While the final book needs to be focused on the final McInnes sister, it also needs to, at some point, switch focus towards the end to the other two sisters whose future happiness was put on hold until book three was complete. A very large challenge and one I greatly hope the author was able to meet.

Bottom line is that the true verdict/rating on these books can’t honestly be given until all three have been read. They greatly depend on each other. You cannot just read one. You have to read them all. And unfortunately, it hit home in this installment that if book three doesn’t live up to it’s potential, then books one and two were a waste, regardless of the rating they’d already received. Which I will admit here and now, I’m choosing while assuming that book three will be completely satisfactory.

Reviewed in August 2002 by JaToya.

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