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Wonderful fantasy full of heart and dragons 25 Mar. 2015
By Morgan Manning - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In The Time of Dragon Moon was everything a fantasy book should be. It had magic, romance, action, and betrayal all wrapped in an engrossing fairy tale. It was also powerfully and beautifully written. I only wish the arc had a map for me to consult (but the finished copy will have one!). In the Time of Dragon Moon is actually sequel to Dragonswood, a gem that I found in the library one afternoon not knowing much about it. You can certainly read Dragon Moon separately and nothing about the story is diminished. However reading Dragonswood first adds so much nuance and history to the world and characters.

It’s set in this really interesting alternate medieval England ruled by the Pendragon family, who I believe are supposed to be descended from King Arthur. There are three islands that make up the country, along with fairies, dragons, and a native population, all of whom coexist uneasily with the English. It creates this environment rife with political and cultural tension, as well as lots of exhilarating action and sneaky character motives.

I loved Uma. She was such a strong, interesting character caught between two worlds in more ways than one. The pull between her English and Euit sides, and the pull between her womanhood and being a healer in her culture gave her this fascinating character arc. I liked watching her reconcile her fears and dreams and finding a path to follow that made her happy. I liked learning about the Euit culture, especially the animal moons and how they affected life. And her relationship with Queen Adela was chilling. It was filled with hated and mistrust along with sympathy and pity, her healer’s oath warring with her real feelings about the queen. But most of all I loved her relationship with Jackrun. They were both outcasts in a sense for different reasons and watching them learn to trust each other, to build a friendship, and the way Jackrun continually stood up for Uma while also respecting and nurturing her was wonderful. I looooved Jackrun!

My favorite part of the story was how Janet Lee Carey wove her unique dragon mythology into her alternate medieval setting. There are different types of dragons with their own dragon culture, some of whom treat with humans, some who won’t. And in the Pendragon bloodline, humans can be born with dragon scales and dragon traits. The fairies are less unique but no less interesting. They are magnanimous and beautiful and frightening. I loved the intermixing of species and cultures in the story; they each had their own part to play.

This book was just a wonderful concoction of history, magic, passion, brutality, forgiveness, love, and fantasy creatures. And even a murder mystery, I always love seeing how those are pieced together. If you enjoy lyrical prose, a fascinating cast of characters, rich worldbuilding, slow burn romance, and dragons, you have to read In The Time of Dragon Moon!
Masterfully Written 15 April 2015
By Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Uma Quarteney, the daughter of the Adan, an Euit healer, and an English midwife, is determined to defy convention and become the first female Adan in her father’s tribe. News of her father’s infertility cure has spread throughout Wilde Island and the Queen, desperate for another child, orders her soldiers to bring the Adan to Pendragon Castle to cure her. When Uma’s father dies, the burden passes to his daughter, who knows failure will not only end her life but her tribe’s. Despite all her effort, time is running out. On Dragon’s Keep, Uma finds an unlikely ally in Jackrun, the King’s nephew and firstborn of a legendary prophesy. When tragedy strikes the Pendragon family, taking the life of one of their own, Uma and Jackrun discover it may not have been accidental at all, but the opening move in a larger scheme.

I am in love with Janet Lee Carey’s Dragonswood, so I was delighted to discover that this book contained several familiar faces, even if they only made small appearances. A new layer to Carey’s world is discovered in In the Time of Dragon Moon, the third installment in the Wild Island Chronicles. Readers have already met with dragons, fey, and the English inhabitants of Wilde Island. Uma’s perspective explores the beliefs and customs of the native islanders. Half Euit and half English, Uma’s journey takes her from her home among her tribe to the foreign and often stringent formalities of the English court. And though her circumstances change, Uma struggles to reconcile who she is and who she wants to be when both worlds seek to limit her opportunities. She is subjected to threats and prejudice, but through it all she learns to accept herself and not to compromise her ambitions.

Jackrun is the first to have human, dragon, and fey in his blood. To many this means he is destined to rule, despite the fact that he isn’t the heir to the Pendragon throne. Chivalrous and kind, it’s hard not to see that he would make a just leader, but there is more dragon in Jackrun than the dragon scales that can be found on his arm. He struggles with his fire-breathing ability, an ability that has made him feel like an outcast in his own family. Both Jackrun and Uma don’t quite fit in among their own people. For Uma, her struggle is with being half English and a female healer in a tribe that values tradition. For Jackrun, his gift and the prophesy of his birth feel more like a curse and burden. Despite this, Uma is accepting of Jackrun’s gift and he in turn encourages her aspirations.

In the Time of Dragon Moon explores themes of identity, prejudice, and madness. With cunning characters and high stakes, this third installment is as delightful as the last.
Great characters and lots of action. 9 April 2015
By Heidi Grange - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Uma wants more than anything to be an Adan (healer) like her father. But her half-English, half-Euit ancestry and the fact that she is female stand as major obstacles to her dream. After she and her father are abducted and taken to the Pendragon castle to help the queen conceive a child, everything changes. Soon, Uma is on her own desperately trying to find a way to survive and free her people from captivity. When she meets Jackrun, the king's nephew, she finds someone she can trust and perhaps even love, if she allows herself to be a woman rather than just a healer. But when the king's son is murdered she struggles to define herself and find a way to save herself from the plots that swirl around her.

I haven't read the first two books in this series and I think it would have helped if I had, but the author does a good job of introducing enough of the culture and beliefs that I wasn't too lost. I just had a feeling that knowing what had happened before would have made the story that much easier to follow. I did enjoy the book though, for such a long book, the plot moves quickly as Uma faces various challenges and crises. I think the parts I enjoyed the most though were her interactions with Jackrun. Jackrun is my favorite kind of hero, a courageous and kind person who struggles with his own identity as the Son of the Prophecy, including a unique talent that he's very self-conscious about. Jackrun and Uma connect I think because they both are still figuring out who they are and what they really want. That theme unlies the whole story but is overshadowed by the political intrigue and betrayal. An enjoyable read for YA fantasy lovers everywhere.

Note: this is definitely a YA fantasy because it includes an attempted rape, a bit of language, and sexual references (not graphic) as well as some violence (torture, hanging, burning, etc.)
This journey is meant to be savored... 8 April 2015
By Kim M Shealy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This medieval fantasy is brilliantly woven with perfection.

Uma has the gift of being a healer and even though her culture doesn't accept a female as a healer... sometimes you just have to follow your calling. Within the time of 1210-1213, Uma will face the dangers of being a healer. Unfortunately not everyone requesting healing will be blessed, grateful, or healed. Not everyone will be helpful, supportive, or of honor.

When Uma and her father are kidnapped by the Queen, there is a threat in which Uma's village will be under siege until the Queen is with child. Being part English will have no value, only the precious herbs and time will prove the safety of her village. On that devastating morning when her father does not awaken, Uma will need every ounce of strength and faith as the only Adan (healer). Pendragon Castle will prove either its threats or royal promises, Uma will prove her calling or die without every going home to her beloved Euit people and mother.

"Vazan flicked her tail, the spikes rising to my waist before the scaled flesh slapped the ground again.
Was she going to leave me now that Father was dead?
I felt a sharp jolt of fear.
I pinched the red dragons on my belt,
as if squeezing hard enough, I could make her stay...
I need you, Vazan. Don't go. Please don't leave me alone."

With a voyage to Dragon's Keep, Uma is introduced to Jackrun Pendragon and his sister Tabitha. Everything about Dragon's Keep will prove to be enchanting. Here Uma will find friendship, someone to look after her, someone who will despise her, the true meaning of the fairies song "Fey Maiden," and the inner strength to protect those whom are worthy of her faith and trust.

With a stunning eloquence of a story-weaver, this fantasy novel will delight you with characters so compelling they remain with you long after the final page is turned. The varied personalities of the dragons will cause you to smirk or hold your breath depending on your inner vision of their majestic power. The delightful detail of the fairy cavalcade as they arrive for the masked ball causes you to be so still that you fear their entry might be concealed if even a blink of your eye acknowledged your presence.Your heart will beat with trepidation as Prince Desmond decides to run and leap off the cliff onto the back of Babak. You will discover that you have been holding your breath as Jackrun and Uma venture deep within the underground catacombs. With stunning awe, your senses will be ignited as King Onadon gathers the elements:
"King Onadon drew circles in the air, turning the long red flames into a spinning golden orb....
summoning water from the river. A wave sped toward us, tumbling in midair...
A gust of wind blew across the meadow, spinning the fiery orb faster until it flung out chains of brilliant light.
Wind whistled around us, lifting cloaks and hair and skirts...
chill as the windy blast I'd felt on Faul's Leap."

And... you will hear the beating of your heart as the council gathers for the trial. Both Kings, seven dragons, a half-fey, and all from Dragonswood and Pendragon... present for the final verdict!

This journey was not as a quick read... it is meant to be savored... it is a place that beckons you back,
Enjoy every detail within Dragonswood and Pendragon Castle,
MrsK http://mrskbookstogo.blogspot.com/
Carey's writing is enchanting and magical and you will want to devour every word. 3 April 2015
By Fall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In The Time of the Dragon Moon is about a girl named Uma who has never really fit in among her people. Her mom was english and her tribe sees her as an outcast. The thing Uma wants more then anything is to be like her father and become a healer for her people. The problem is only men are healers among her tribe. So Uma dresses like a boy so while she apprentices maybe no one will notice.

Uma's father finds himself taken by the King and Uma goes with him. The Queen is in search for a healer who can help her conceive another heir to the throne. Soon Uma is discovered and catches the attention of the Prince who is not the nicest of sorts. She also catches the attention of Jackrun the Princes cousin. How will Uma stay alive and also give the Queen what she desires when her own father could not?

There are Dragons and Fey and a magical story that unites them all together. The prophecy tells of a heir to the throne who will have Fey, Dragon and Human blood. The Wilde Island was an enchanting place and Uma discovers who she is in the time she spends there.

Ok now for how I felt. In the Time of the Dragon Moon was my first book I have read in Janet Lee Carey's series and this was everything I wanted and so much more. I love this book and will be buying the rest of the series to read. I knew this was a standalone built off the world, so I had to have it as soon as I saw this beautiful cover with the Dragon on it. Carey's writing is enchanting and magical and you will want to devour every word. I was taken along on this fast paced adventure and left fangirling when it was over. This is a must read!
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