Viper Moon is the first book in the Earth Witches series by Lee Roland and an Urban Fantasy Romance from Signet Eclipse.
In the small town of Duivel, Missouri, darkness awaits....
Cassandra Archer is the Huntress. She has faithfully served the Earth Mother for years, rescuing kidnapped children from monsters - both human and supernatural - dwelling in the abandoned ruins of the Barrows district of Duivel, Missouri.
When Detective Flynn’s twelve-year-old sister goes missing, he suspects she was taken to the Barrows, and he goes to Cass for help. The two clash, but Cass still finds herself irresistibly drawn to the tough, no-nonsense cop.
After another child goes missing, all clues point to a cataclysmic event during the next dark moon. Cass and Flynn must race against the clock to save the children and prevent a sacrifice that could destroy the entire town....
Ten years ago a very young, very naive Cassandra Archer was visited by the Earth Mother and asked to join her service - Cass accepted and has never looked back. Though she does question - at times very forcefully and very disrespectfully - she never fails to complete a task. Because every time she goes out on a job - she saves the life of a child.
Now Cass has two missing children to find and they seemed to be connected. One is the sister of a cop - the other, the son of a crime lord. No matter who the children are related to - Cass will do her best to bring them both home.
But her best might not be good enough this time - and Cass may need to ask for help. An ancient evil has been lurking in the Barrows for years - but it has grown tired of merely influencing from afar. With the coming of the dark moon, this evil plans to become a more solid presence....
Viper Moon is an enjoyable read.
I like Cass a great deal. She is tough and strong willed - but always puts the children first. She doesn’t mind skirting the authorities or even the Earth Mother - do get the job done.
I don’t care very much for the Earth Mother - she is a bit manipulative in my opinion.
I give Viper Moon 3 out of 5 stars.
Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Signet (July 5, 2011)