THE HUNTER'S MOON is about two cousins, Gwen and Findabhair, who have often dreamt about being able to enter the world of Faerie. During a summer holiday, they decide to hitch-hike across Ireland with the intention of finding fun and adventure. But, despite them both wishing they could see into the world of the Fey, both never really extect to have that wish granted.
Early on into their trip, Findabhair is abducted by the Faerie King so that he came make her his new bride. Alone and feeling slightly unwanted, Gwen now has a new adventure to face - rescuing her cousin from the world of Faerie. But, she soon realises that this is not going to be as easy as she first thought. From her short glance into Faerie, she has come to realise that although their world has its beauty and and obvious temptations, there also seems to be a hidden darker side to faeries. And the Faerie King will not give up his new Queen easily.
What I love about THE HUNTER'S MOON is how easily Melling melds the world of Faerie with our world - in this book they are separate but considered to live alongside each other; one cannot survive without the other. She also has a great knowledge of the mythology and folklore of Ireland which obviously helps to bring the novel alive. The reason I have not awarded higher than 3 stars is because I felt that there were times when the writing felt immature. I felt that Gwen could have been constructed a lot better than she was - she seemed to be a bunch of cliches thrown together. I also felt that the story itself seemed a little childish at tmes - by this I mean that the writing let it down. Chapters were incredibly short and any moments of suspense seemed to be very quickly and easily sorted out. To me, this is just sloppy.
To enjoy this book, you really have to take it for what it is - a story aimed at younger adults which follows all the usual writing formulas for the specific genre.
As a quick, easy read it's OK.