Dance in the Moonlight
By A.L. Kessler
Following immediately on the heels of In the Light of the Moon, the first book of the Dark War Chronicles, A.L. Kessler has shifted into second gear continuing the story through the eyes of a new protagonist. Renee is a mid twenties college student who may have had some setbacks in life due to her ability to see supernatural forms around the people she meets. She is convinced by her roommate to go out on the bar scene one night, coincidentally it is her birthday, and survives the adventure of being stalked, assaulted and mugged. Luckily she finds herself in a bar called The Corner that is a sanctuary for super-naturals. She’s human so other than seeing more shapes of freakish things she just accepts that her pursuers didn’t want to risk chasing her inside.
Coran, apparently an Irish version of Fabio, tends bar in The Corner. He gives her a drink on the house then ends up being entangled in her story through the rest of the novel. The main theme is that some bad vampires want to raise ‘The Father’ which would lead to basically the end of the world. Lucius and his collection of shifters, including Jaxon and Kassity from the first book, are thwarting the really bad vampire agenda in favor of Lucius relatively not so heinous…maybe plan. Yeah.
It is well done. Standard editing flubs but they don’t so much detract from the story. The characters are fun and the overall arc seems to be proceeding with twists and turns. I haven’t been slung off yet. Four out of five satisfaction units are hereby awarded. (Sound the trumpets)