Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Homeless, lonely, and starving, werewolf Lowell has heard of a town and doctor that can cure his lycanthropy. Lowell can remember little of his upbringing outside of foster homes and abandonment. All he knows is that being a werewolf brings nothing but pain to himself and to others. And he wants to be free of his curse.
Lowell is hitchhiking to the small town of Midsummer’s Night where he thinks the doctor and cure might be residing. But when a kindly stranger picks Lowell up in the middle of a storm, Lowell gets far more than just a ride to Midsummer’s Night, he finds a wild town made up of supernatural beings who enjoy who and what they are, beings who are ready to accept Lowell into their midst if only he can begin to accept himself and his past.
I love it when a short story feels so much bigger in scope than it is in length. In Midsummer’s Moon Megan Derr invents a town full of wildly imaginative supernatural beings, each more over the top than the other. From a doctor with secrets to a vampire with a love for baking cookies and colorful clothing, this is a town that the reader and Lowell need to get familiar with.
Ah, Lowell. What a sad, little were he starts out being. Bereft of past, he lacks even the basics to get by in the present, and he hopes to change his future in Midsummer’s Moon. He does but not in the way he expects. Derr gives us a character that experiences growth and maturity while outlining the basis for future stories from this intriguing little town.
As always, Derr brings a few new twists and turns to familiar werewolf lore and introduces us to new supernatural beings and their society that are sure to pop up as the series continues. Megan Derr is a must read for me and this new series is no exception. It’s lively, twisty, and fun. Pick it up and begin your introduction to Midsummer’s Moon, a town you will want to visit again and again.
Cover art: Unsure. Dark but works for the story.
Sales Links: Less Than Three Press Amazon Midsummer’s Moon
ebook, 63 pages
Published January 2010 by Less Than Three Press
Books in the Midsummer series will have audio books out shortly:
Midsummer Curse (Midsummer, #2)
Midsummer Law (Midsummer, #3)
Midsummer Days: Tales of Midsummer’s Night