Every now and then, I get offered a book that I just can’t say no to. When I was contacted about a dark and creepy book where the main character is hunting a fae creature? Yeah, I had to have it. Thanks very much to Graeme for getting in contact and getting a copy in my hands.
Callum is Apprentice to Fraser McCloud, a man who likes to boast about his shooting skills. When the pair are hired to hunt a wolf that the locals claim is a Cù Sith, he doesn’t know if it’s safe. He can’t leave, and things will get worse before they get better.
Now, usually, when it comes to Scottish fae, I pull faces and complain. But this book uses Scottish fae without even mentioning the courts. There’s Bean Nighe, Cù Sith and the mention of changeling children. There are other fae creatures, and I was really interested in that side. This is what I mean when I want to see the fae in books. Whether you’re writing a romance or an adventure, there are so many types of fae out there. I feel like the majority of the time, we only see one side. And this book gave me more than I usually expect when Scottish fae pops up.
This book felt like it could be really Darren Shan like to me. And though the writing seems to hit the same age ranges, it wasn’t as dark. This book is technically teen, but it’ll be suitable for kids at the end of primary school too. It’s not too gory, there’s no bad language, and there’s very little romance.
This book was super short. It comes in at less than 200 pages. I read it in a single night, but it won’t take anyone very long to get through. If you have any reluctant readers, they may find they like reading with something like this.
I wasn’t the biggest fan of the story. I did enjoy it, and I would recommend it. But it wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for. I thought with this story and setting, I’d get something darker. I also didn’t realise that this was historical. If you’re hoping for something second world or modern, this is very much a historical fantasy. But it still didn’t really feel hugely historical. That was just the setting.
If you’re looking for a fae book that’s oriented more towards boys, you should pick this one up. It was a good adventure, and you’ll get to learn about some of the fae that you don’t typically see.
Title: A Hunter’s Moon
Author: Danny Weston
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Age Range: Teen
Publisher: UCLan Publishing
Release Date: 02/09/21