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Demon's Moon (Thaumatology)

Demon's Moon (Thaumatology) [Kindle Edition]

Niall Teasdale
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A PhD thesis on the metaphysical change process of were-creatures, what could possibly go wrong with that? Ceridwyn Brent, thaumatologist and sorceress, figured it was just a matter of getting a few friends together, putting them in the middle of a scanning thaumometer rig, collating the results, and writing it all up. No muss, no fuss. She even has one of the rare South American were-creatures to work with, and exciting new insight into the process to write up. Her doctorate is a shoe-in and her personal life with Lily, her half-succubus “pet” has never been better.

But something is going on among the werewolves. Dane, leader of the North Hills pack, believes that an old menace is returning to Britain. Alexandra, the enigmatic Alpha of the Battersea pack believes that Ceri is the only person who can stop that menace from doing something which will threaten mankind as well as the wolf packs. When werewolves across the country suddenly go to war with each other, Ceri and Lily have to go to war themselves to save their new friends, and Ceri must find “The Fair One” before the Winter Solstice. For then, beneath the Demon’s Moon, the fate of all werewolves will be decided.

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  • Print Length: 216 pages
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  • Language: English
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I was born in the vicinity of Hadrian's Wall so perhaps a bit of history rubbed off. Ancient history obviously, and border history, right on the edge of the Empire. I always preferred the Dark Ages anyway; there's so much more room for imagination when people aren't writing down every last detail. So my idea of a good fantasy novel involved dirt and leather, not shining plate armour and Hollywood-medieval manners. The same applies to my sci-fi, really; I prefer gritty over shiny.

Oddly, then, one of the first fantasy novels I remember reading was The Dark Is Rising, by Susan Cooper (later made into a terrible juvenile movie). These days we would call Cooper's series Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy and looking back on it, it influenced me a lot. It has that mix of modern day life, hidden history, and magic which failed to hit popular culture until the early days of Buffy and Anne Rice. Of course, Cooper's characters spend their time around places I could actually visit in Cornwall, and South East England, and mid-Wales. In fact, when I went to university in Aberystwyth, it was partially because some of Cooper's books were set a few miles to the north around Tywyn.

I got into writing through roleplaying, however, so my early work was related to the kind of roleplaying game I was interested in. I wrote "high fantasy" when I was playing Dungeons & Dragons. I wrote a lot of superhero fiction when I was playing City of Heroes. I still loved the idea of a modern world with magic in it and I've been trying to write a novel based on this for a long time. As with any form of expression, practice is the key and I can look back on all the aborted attempts at books, and the more successful short stories, as steps along the path to the Thaumatology Series.

Writing, sadly, is not my main source of income. By day, I'm a computer programmer. I work for a telecommunications company in Manchester, England. My favourite authors are Terry Pratchett, Susan Cooper, and (recently) Kim Harrison. Kim's Hollows books were what finally spurred me to publish something, even if the trail to here came by way of Susan, back in school, several decades ago.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Too much sex 14 May 2014
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Strange thing for a bloke to say, but it does get very boring! Otherwise, like the rest of the series, some inventive stuff in the "science" and the plot itself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Demons moon(thaumotology) by Niall Teasdale 13 Mar 2014
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I chose this book simply because I enjoyed the first in the series,I have only one complaint about this one, the ending was far to quickly over, good build up then bang, gone.The main enemy deserved more time than was given, apart from this I enjoyed the story immensely, the sex was again a nice distraction from the main story as it blends nicely to the characters that have been created, their was one review that said the sex for in the way and was unnecessary, nothing could be further from the truth, these highly charged characters both magical and supernatural would have to my mind highly charged needs.More of the same please
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good series, read them all 5 Aug 2013
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Good writer. I agree that there are some typos that could be caught by a professional editor - they are fairly minor and didn't interrupt the story for me. I like the characters and look forward to more stories being released in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy the world-building, but Ceri's sexual exploits are sometimes a little too much 11 May 2014
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The world Teasdale builds is incredibly interesting. I didn't mind the sexual exploits so much in the Anika Jansen books, but at least Aneka had inner dialogues where she expressed difficulty dealing with the different sexual mores she experienced in the future. In this book however, it becomes a distraction that occasionally interferes with my enjoyment of the story-line.

**potential non-meaningful spoilers**

Here's the thing, I love Ceri as a character. I love strong women, who are intelligent and capable, and willing to stand up for what they believe in. I don't have a problem with Lesbian relationships, and I don't have a problem with a woman wanting or having a lot of sex. It just seems uncharacteristic here. Ceri goes from having literally no sex to basically participating in sex with multiple people at a time (apparently it is inappropriate to use the technical terms to describe what she is doing), where she is the center of attention, without any inner dialogue to explain the transition.

Ceri also expresses no real emotionally romantic feelings for Michael, and yet she's calling him her boyfriend and pseudo pack-mate halfway through the book, which is worse to me because she doesn't seem all that well suited for him as a mate . . . and especially since pack mates are described as a serious relationship in the wolf pack social structure.

As a man, I feel like Teasdale's ascribing an overly male point of view to her behavior, even though I personally believe that many men would feel uncomfortable in some of these situations . . . i.e. treated like an object to be passed around by other women to try him out.

If any women out there think I'm being overly judgmental here or misguided in my critique, please explain her behavior to me, b/c I'm really curious if I'm overreacting. I'm not a prude or anything, and I don't want to feel like I'm applying a male double standard. I'm just curious, if others were discomfited by what feels to me like discordant out-of-character behavior. In this case, it bothered me enough for me to rate this as 3 stars rather than the 4 or 5 stars I think it deserves for exceptional world building and an interesting narrative.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Magical Fantasy in Britain 21 April 2012
By Mallory Anne-Marie Forbes Haws - Published on
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Intriguingly magical, a London where Fae, Demons, Succubi, Werewolves (both "true" werewolves and lycanthropes-which are those subjected to the werewolf virus and thence turned), exist, are accepted, studied, and considered "natural." This "world" even has weres of other species: panther, fox, and so forth. It ranges from high academia and research science to lowly nightclubs and exotic dancing. Magic is real, accessible, and utilized.

Ceri is a serious scientific researcher, preparing her doctorate dissertation in the field of thaumaturgy, or magical energy-specifically as it applies to weres. Her research has already had practical applications: she's devised a device to measure the energy surges cast off by weres as they enter into a change. Such an application has been extremely effective in nightclubs, for example. Ceri happens to have been the daughter of a witch, and lives in a magicked multi-story home. Her roommates are a Faery, and a half-demonic succubus; not too surprising, as Ceri has some unidentifiable energies and is partially demonic herself.

This novel is sexy, but not too explicit. I would still rate it at 18+. It will highly appeal to fanciers of paranormal romance and urban fantasy, as well as those who prefer traditional fantasy brought into a contemporary setting. The juxtaposition of the different magical species (weres, succubi, demons, Fae, and more) will broaden the novel's appeal and bring in expanded readership.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ceri's Troubles get a little bit deeper... 28 Dec 2011
By TeraS - Published on
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There are two things that I like... One is curling up with a good book... The other is looking up from finishing it and realizing that I spent seven hours reading and didn't stop once. This work gets both of those check-marked off... Another engrossing story from the Ceri universe that is lovely in every way.

The story itself builds in an interesting way in that we get hints about what might be happening through most of the story, but the actual revelation of what the threat is, how that threat is coming to pass, and what can be done about it, are kept away until the right moment to reveal them. I thought that seeing the way this universe works, especially in its government and how it guards its secrets, was fascinating.

The characters grow, the world is more and more detailed, and most of all, the underlying plot, which I will not spoil, made a lot of sense. I didn't see the resolution of the plot at all, I had an idea, but it didn't turn out the way I expected. But the climax was everything I could have asked for. You created a world within a world for the weres and what they have as their own society which was well explained and brought a lot of questions from the pervious story to their logical ends... bravo!

The book itself mostly focuses on werewolves in this universe and the author has constructed a society and structure for it that serves well for the characters to live in but also doesn't feel like something that was added as an afterthought to the story. It has a core relevance to the book, it's important, and you need to pay attention to it. I thought it was interesting that even within a society were, generally, all of the characters are weres of some kind, the social structure broke into small groups with their own opinions of other groups they were attached to, by biology at least if little else sometimes.

I can't honestly call any of the characters in the work minor ones really... That is to say, there is no point at which you can look at one and think that having them there was a bad idea. What's more interesting is that minor characters from the first book grow into major ones in this book and vice versa to an extent. In doing so the mythos of this universe is enriched and it makes reading the work, and the series, more gripping as you care about the individual characters more throughout the book.

Lily, my favourite half-Succubus was central in the story again, which I enjoyed... I loved the way that Lily grew in this story and how her relationship with Ceri is progressing. I think that I like this smarter and more... passionate Lily as she comes to realize, and I hope, to help Ceri realize what she can do. I also liked that we learned some of the fears that Lily has through the story, and also how much she loved Ceri and would, really I think, if it came down to it, die for her, which I hope never happens in the series.

Ceri, the heroine of the series, I also think grew up a lot in the course of the story, though there were two moments where I was a little squeamish at what happened to her. But she didn't break and I think that in the end, you have to place your characters into jeopardy... and Ceri seems to be into a lot of that doesn't she? Ceri is hurt, there is no doubt of it, but she pushes through that hurt in order to battle the evil that wants to turn the werewolves to its goals. That shows a great deal of character in herself, but, I think that it also shows that Ceri is vulnerable in other ways which I expect the author to explore in the future.

Solidly written overall, it kept my attention throughout, and I eagerly turned the pages wanting to see what would happen next. There are some sexual scenes in the book, but like the first book they aren't the point of the work, but endeavour to solidify the relationships between various characters.

Lily showed some of her Succubus powers in the work, but she didn't go so far over the top that I didn't like it when she did so. What was interesting, and happens somewhat in each book so far, is that Lily treats her powers and her relationships with others in the book as just being the way things are. However, and this is the part that I like, you can sense how proud Lily is with Ceri after a battle with what she did... mind you it makes Lily just ever so slightly horny when Ceri displays her power. Then again our Lily is connected to someone that is very special in this universe and that is becoming more clear as each book comes to its end.

Lots of questions left at the end, but that's just fine as, of course, book three has appeared with its own trials and tribulations for our heroines and friends... I saw a lot of foreshadowing of what the next book will be about, and if I am right, then Lily and Ceri are going to be in a lot more trouble personally next time... and honestly, if that trouble reveals more about Lily, then I'll be okay with that...

I'm giving this work, like the first book, five pitchforks out of five.

The work expands on the first book well, the characters develop in ways that are a joy to see, and most of all, the story is a gripping one. I also liked that there are some openings in the plot for the story to continue smoothly into the next book, which will have Lily facing her own demons in a lot of ways...

All are the marks of an excellent story teller and I look forward to reading the next book in the series...
3.0 out of 5 stars Literary crack 9 July 2014
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It's not that it's that amazing of writing, but I can't put it down. I'd really appreciate if it the author could get a thesaurus so I could not read "giggled" again though.

Spoiler alert:

How is the main character going to get gang raped and continue about her life like nothing's going on? QUITE unbelievable scenes. All that being said, I'm now reading the next in the series.
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