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Mara the Huntress resides in the sunny little town of Archangel, California, the location of the Gate of the Underworld—a fact unknown to the general populace. Most people don’t even know that vampires exist. As Huntress, Mara does know, and it is her job to kill those that dare venture forth to the Upperworld to prey on the humans living there. She is well-suited to this purpose, gifted with skills and talents far surpassing those of ordinary mortals. Though some vampires manage to evade her, she has so far managed to prevent the unleashing of a full-scale infestation. She has been at this job for a good portion of her not-quite twenty years, and it seems she has everything in hand. Then one day she gets a chill of foreboding, a feeling that things are about to change…
For she stands in the way of the master vampire’s plan for world domination, and, he fears, may be a key player in the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy foretelling his destruction. One dark night he sends the mighty Prince (his second in command) to put an end to this Huntress, this bane of vampires, once and for all. Mara confidently goes out to face him, but finds she has met her match at last. Just as all hope seems lost, this powerful vampire turns from the “dark side” to become Mara’s ally in the battle against his own kind.
Review from Sarah Reinhard:
Catholic vampire romance. Yes, you read that right: Who says there’s nothing good to read? (Not me. Not ever me.)
So what was in store with Moonchild Rising, by Mina Ambrose, the first in what will be a series of Catholic vampire novels?
A lot, as it turns out. It was a story with promise and solidly Catholic. It packed a lot of action and a lot of Church teaching. There was an exploration of love and sin and eternity. I found myself thinking and pondering: What is redemption? What does forgiveness really mean? How is mercy experienced?
And there are so many other things that come into consideration: What does it mean to live for 500 years? Or is it really living? And hunting vampires as a teenager?
When I read Dracula recently, I was struck with how much it held themes of redemption and evil. I was also struck by how Dracula was never ever anything but a monster. There was no sexy and appealing with him. He was evil, plain and simple.
That made the story of Moonchild even more challenging.
There’s a lot to explore in this book: There’s food for thought and plenty of room for discussion. Have a young person (probably a girl) who loves fiction? Read this with them, and talk about the hardpoints.
Because there are hardpoints. There is graphic description.
There are also a lot of tears. And some difficult dialogue. It’s not a perfect book, but it’s interesting in ways I wasn’t expecting.
Storytelling is an important way to share truths. In fact, it’s more effective.
My hat’s off to Ellen Gable and Full Quiver Publishing for giving Mina Ambrose an opportunity to tell this story and explore this space.
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