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Voyage of the Shadowmoon (Moonworlds Saga #1)

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  238 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
The Shadowmoon is a small, unobtrusive wooden schooner whose passengers and crew are much more than they seem: Ferran, the Shadowmoon's lusty captain who dreams of power; Roval, the warrior-sorcerer; Velander and Terikel, priestesses of a nearly extinct sect; and the chivalrous vampyre Laron, who has been trapped in a fourteen-year-old body for 700 years.

They sail the coas
Paperback, 565 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by Tor Fantasy (first published 2002)
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Dirk Grobbelaar
Feb 12, 2012 Dirk Grobbelaar rated it really liked it
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I attempted reading this novel about five years ago, but abandoned it after being bogged down for some time. Now, I have decided to give it another try, and am I ever so glad. Voyage of the Shadowmoon is actually a pretty demanding read. The world has a very “established” feel to it, even though it’s vastly different to the norm, and McMullen does not spoon-feed his readers. Bland imaginations will probably not appreciate this too much, as readers are often forced to speculate and draw their own ...more
Jan 23, 2011 Dani rated it it was amazing
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There's something about this book, its something I can't really explain in a review, but I just love it. There isn't one thing I can point at and say "This is what I loved" its just the whole book and the way its meshed together.

Sean McMullen has this ability to make me laugh out loud at a book and draw the attention of everyone around me and for me not to care. The part where Laron and Druskarl stumbled upon Velander and Feran is just too much. I think I read it to everyone who would listen.

Jan 11, 2013 A rated it it was ok
This book was too long and unfocused. The climax occurred nearly 100 pages before the end of the book. Of course there was not one clear climax, but several small resolutions and the final climax was the author's attempt to set up a second book in the series by adding content to the story designed to make you want to read the next book. And I will admit that the best writing in the book occurred in the last 50 pages and I considered reading the sequel, but reality struck.

The book was probably ev
Steven Vaughan-Nichols
Mar 30, 2014 Steven Vaughan-Nichols rated it really liked it
An interesting dark fantasy with touches of comedy and fascinating characters. McMullen writes his own style of science-fiction and fantasy. Perhaps his most impressive ability is the way all of his characters have real personalities. There is no such thing as an all good, all bad, or simple character in his books and this one is no different.
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Jul 21, 2009 Ramathael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Took me about 75 pages to get into - McMullen's style is different than I'm used to and it was a little hard to follow. Once I got used to the style, I couldn't put the book down - similar to the reaction I had when first reading Steven Erikson's Gardens of the Moon.
Noah Easterly
Mar 25, 2010 Noah Easterly rated it it was ok
A bit flat. His use of the third person omniscient just didn't sit well with me, and often I felt like I was reading a description of a book rather than the book itself.
Ralph McEwen
Aug 29, 2009 Ralph McEwen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A most unusal cast of chacters and environs. I am looking foward to reading the rest of the series.
Mar 08, 2008 Danjo rated it liked it
An interesting, fresh fantasy world to romp around in.
Oct 03, 2013 Lena rated it it was amazing
The best and most unique fantasy series I've read.
Jun 09, 2015 Grimread rated it it was amazing
This book is hilarious!
May 11, 2011 Nancy added it
fun book- good plot
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Dr. Sean McMullen, author of the acclaimed cyberpunk/steampunk Greatwinter Trilogy, is one of Australia's top Science Fiction and Fantasy authors.

Winning over a dozen awards (including multiple Analog Readers Awarda and a Hugo Award finalist), his work is a mixture of romance, invention and adventure, populated by strange and dynamic characters. The settings for Sean's work range from the Roman E
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