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The Hunter's Moon (The Chronicles of Faerie #1)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  4,730 ratings  ·  294 reviews
Canadian Gwen and her Irish cousin, Findabhair, have long planned a summer of backpacking around Ireland, visiting sites out of the old legends of fairy folk. Little do they know that it is the summer of the Hunter's Moon, a dangerous time for mortals who meddle with the kingdom of Faerie. One night, camping out on old ruins, Finn is kidnapped by the Faerie king, who wants ...more
Paperback, 305 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Amulet Books (first published 1993)
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Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
I did not like this book. It had lame characters and a lame plot. The ending is strange, pointless, and confusing. It seemed like one of those horrible books written by a thirteen-year-old who knows nothing about writing a good story. I don't have much else to say about this book. Just don't read it.
WARNING: Very strong opinions and a little bit of ranting.

I finished it as fast as I could because, honestly, it was kind of terrible. There were no transitions between plot points, no explanations behind any of the events that occurred, and it was just really choppy.

Also, the characters fell in love with each other or became loyal, lifelong friends after knowing each other for two pages, maybe. And those pages have big type and large margins. In addition, it was very cheesy and not at all real
Oct 06, 2007 Leanna rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in Celtic mythology
Shelves: ya-lit
Gwen and Findabhair are cousins, but most of all, they're best friends. Gwen is from Canada, but she visits Findabhair every summer in Ireland. One particular summer, Gwen comes and they plan a backpacking trip all across Ireland, hitting all the major fantastical sites along the way. They go to the Mound of Hostages (aka supposed entrance to the faerie world) at the Hill of Tara (the ancient capitol of Ireland) and that is where the adventure begins.

I read this book while on a study abroad prog
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
Okay, very mixed feelings here! On one hand, I really really enjoyed the descriptive passages about Ireland and its rich history and mythology. On the other hand, I felt that the characters and the general plot were extremely underdeveloped, and in addition, just downright bizarre.
- The worst thing an author can do is neglect characterization. Her two protagonists - cousins Findabhair and Gwen - are just weird. First of all: adult supervision, anyone?!?!?! Of course not. It's never definitivel
J. A. Owen
As Khanh so gracefully put it in her review of, “Where the Stars Still Shine”, by Trish Doller, which can be read here: Click Here , Ms. Khanh states the following in the opening paragraph of her review:

I had a little bit of an personal
identity crisis while reading
a novel. I had to set the book
aside at one point to ask myself:
Am I a horrible person?
Am I completely lacking
in emotions,
in empathy? Do I
even have a heart?

In all honesty, the last few years I can honestly say I had an identity
This is the book that convinced me, at a young and impressionable age, that I absolutely needed to spend a few weeks galavanting around Ireland. Imagine my dismay when all I got out of it was Guiness and brilliant stories -- I didn't get to make out with a SINGLE super-attractive Faerie king! Alas!

It's a fun story, absolutely full of Irish mythology and unpronounceable names. I had no idea it was the first in series... I'll need to get caught up immediately.
My thoughts and impressions of this book weren’t that great. The writing was extremely choppy, disjointed, and the pacing of the story was extremely rushed. Everything happens so bam bam bam right after each other that you just couldn’t get into the characters or get a decent grasp for the whole build-up of suspense. So in the end you have a shallow portrait of the characters and what they’re really like. Another thing that I found really strange was that Findabhair is the name of the author's d ...more
Jan 12, 2012 Chani rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 10 - 14 year olds
Recommended to Chani by: Lauren Losiniecki
This is one of those books that probably is good to read when you're a young teenager. It blows your mind because it's a story about faeries and it's about a chubby girl gaining confidence etc. However, as an adult reading this, I was bored. There wasn't enough 'happening' and I say this in terms of hands on development. Yes, there was a lot of running around, but nothing REALLY happened. Two girls went traveling, one gets stolen by the faeries, wants to stay but her fat friend tries to drag her ...more
I usually don't read young adult books because I require a bit more depth and intricacy to my novels than most teen series can provide. I picked up this particular book because it deals with Celtic mythology, something I dearly love. I was pleasantly surprised.

The novel is paced well, with plenty of suspense and action to keep even the adult reader interested in the goings-on. The characters are well though out and three dimensional. I, for one, identified with both heroines within the first twe
Hunter's Moon went by pretty fast for me, mostly because there wasn't much going on. The cousins decide to stay inside a faerie mound, one chooses to go away with the faerie and the other chases after her thinking she was kidnapped. Along the way she meets some nice helpful people that surprisingly believe in faeries (what a coincidence). Of course there is to be a sacrifice on Hunter's Moon, as anyone who is familiar with faerie lore knows, but somehow the characters are surprised by it. I'm su ...more
This is the first book in an amazing quartet, a series right up there with Harry Potter. It's well written with a plot like a Newgrange spiral. The characters are real, and the faeries are not the wand-bearing, dust-scattering lot that most of you visualize. Instead, they're real people endowed with terrible power. These are books that make you need to read them again every few months.
The use of the Irish language throughout the series helped formulate my need to learn it. I recommend these to
Reading the 3rd and 4th books made me want to reread the 1st 2. I thought I remembered them having a different feel. This book is pure magic, and is more about a lone person's quest than about a joint mission, like book 4 has. I like Gwen, even if I think the book never explores her character enough, and I love the red hair thing.
Amelia Mapstone
Very well-described and eye-opening tale. Takes back a whole Irish setting created of the Faerie, Witches, and elves alike in Ireland. And it's all hid right before mortals' eyes! :) I loved it.
Apr 05, 2011 Larissa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
Throughout their separate childhoods Gwen and Findabhair have always shared a love of everything magical, whether it be wrapped up in songs, stories or on the big screen. They had always dreamed of faraway places, impossible beings and magical love. On turning sixteen these two cousins decided to travel around Ireland, one of the most magical countries there is, in search of adventure, love and magic. But what they find is not your usual faeries at the bottom of the garden.

Although their journey
2.5 Stars
The best words I can think of for describing this book are "expectations sadly unfulfilled." Reading the back of this book and the quotes plastered all over it I was excited to read it. Maybe it was actually better than I give it credit for but... so disappointed.
Basic plot- girl ad her prettier cousin go looking for something magical. They find it. Cousin is kidnapped. Girl must go after her and "save" her. Along her way meets many interesting people and many faeries etc. It sounded go
In this wonderful 'coming of age' book targeted for teens, O.R. Melling introduces readers to a fantasy world rich with factual elements and descriptions of Ireland.

The characters are interesting and refreshing to say the least. Gwen, the heroine, is described as being "short and plump with a head of cropped curls"... not the typical teen heroine that frequents other popular YA books on shelves today. Gwen is relateable to many a young girl. She is a fantasy geek, who loves movies, books, music
This is one of my favorite books of all time and deserves a full 5 stars. Don't let the other reviewers tell you otherwise. This book opened my eyes to the wonders of the world beyond the North American shores. It brought my interest back to novels (for a period of time I went on a manga tangent) and encouraged my interest in mythology.

This book ties in the mythology of the Tuatha Dé Danann (the Irish fey), the geography of Ireland, and a riveting story of two girls on an adventure. While the st
The second in our Flashback Friday series is more than just a good book I remember reading when I was a teenager. It is the first real novel (besides ones written by Christopher Pike and R. L. Stine) that I can remember reading. My sister gave it to me when I lamented about how all the books I read were exactly the same.

When I opened the cover of the Hunter’s Moon by O. R. Melling for a re-read, it had a stamp on the first page that said October, 18, 1994. Which makes me think she bought it at o
Ok. First, I'm an adult, second, I love fantasy and Fairies. I've read my share of books. Now, O.R. Melling has done something unique. She has litterly taken my mind to Ireland! I could see, hear, smell and touch the country. Her descriptions were elegantly woven into the story (Cozy, like a warm blanket on a cold night). Also, there was an American character, who, was lost in Ireland (Like I would be). So I learned as the character leaned. This is a wonderful book, that grows in power as one re ...more
I absolutely loved this book! It's rare that I find a fiction book I can recommend without reservation. The first of Melling's Chronicles of Faerie, this is the the story of two cousins who set out across Ireland searching for the fantastic worlds that they've always dreamed of, but run into trouble when they actually find what they're looking for. I loved the writing, which manages to be rich and evocative while at the same time clear and unpretentious. And I really appreciated the differences ...more
I really really like this book. I wish I could say I love it, partly because I love the way Melling inverts some of the most problematic aspects of Susan Cooper (like, SPOILER ALERT for those who haven't read the whole "Dark Is Rising" series, the way the mortal kids are forced to forget everything). But somehow the characters didn't have enough depth--and therefore the plot didn't have enough propulsion, subjectively speaking, for me to give it a fifth star. Overall, though, I'd recommend this ...more
Bluerose's  Heart
Positives: This story is set in Ireland, so there’s lots of new words. There’s a dictionary in the back of the book, though, so that definitely helps. This book was written beautifully!! It had a very magical quality to it and the author is very descriptive! It was a sweet, romantic "fairy" tale.
Negatives: Although I really liked the story, it wasn’t until the last 3rd of the book that I really got into it and couldn’t wait to finish it. I like those books that I’m drawn in from the beginning.
O.R. Melling knows her Irish folklore and describes the weather and the country in a way that makes me feel like I'm there without making me feel like I have to plod through tons of description of landscape. (Yes, I'm thinking of The Hobbit here.) Her Chronicles of Faerie are set in the same fictional world - an Ireland where traditional faeries and mythical creatures are real, and historical figures like Saint Kevin can still be encountered in a sort of time-free space - but you don't have to r ...more
The 5 star rating is for the original version of this book, because I still love the shit out of it. As far as the eBook version goes, it's a single star, because it's junk. The novel has been rewritten, and rewritten poorly. I can now see why so many Goodreads Readers are saying it's a terrible book with disjointed writing, and terrible characterisation. I only made it to chapter 4 in my ebook before I got so fed up, I went and grabbed my paper copy. I've been a huge fan of this novel for 20 ye ...more
Usually, it takes a lot to make me give up on a book, especially if it's part of a series. But this one drove me to it. I doubt I even made it twenty pages before dropping it. Thankfully, I had borrowed it from the school library so I didn't have to waste a lot of money. The description? Alluring. The cover? Mysterious and compelling. The font of the title? Felt archaic. The title itself? Drew me in. But the story? I nearly fell asleep. In the middle of fifth period. Just thinking about it. Now, ...more
May 09, 2009 Miriam rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Erinophiles
Shelves: fantasy, ya, celtic
16-year-old Gwen travels from America to Ireland to visit her cousin Findabhair. The two girls share a love of fantasy and myth and plan to travel around Ireland visiting all the ancient sites associated with the fairy folk. On their first night out they sleep on the mound at Tara and Findabhair is carried away by the king of the fairies. Gwen, who is usually the follower, must travel the island alone, searching for her cousin and challenging the fairies. Her travels provide a good introduction ...more
Grace Fullerton
This book was one of the best of the Celtic style novels I have seen so far. The descriptions of Faeries were onpar with a lot of the old stories- stories which I looked up because my bloodline is from Ireland and Scotland and I wanted to know the myths and legends. The way they were presented in todays modern setting was true to what I thought of Faeries. The characters were as they always are, characters, rather noble with a few weaknesses and an inclination to fall instantly love with the nea ...more
I found the writing style of this book to be, for a lack of better word, juvenile. It wasn't very descriptive at all and did nothing to draw me into the story. It didn't help that the focus was constantly shifting between the two girls and never stayed on one long enough for me to really learn much about them. They were both very shallow in terms of character development. (Then again, I only read 50 pages before I had to stop...)

The plot itself...well, I just couldn't bring myself to care about
This book brings back fond memories. I must have read it 10-15 times between the ages of 13-16.

Two teenage girls get transported from Ireland into the Realm of the Faerie? Sign me up! The book was engaging, and exciting read. I remember spending hours with this book nestled in my room, or during crisp fall days in the park as a young teenager.

I recently found out, to my excitement, that there is an entire series! Now in my late twenties, I am looking forward to re-visiting this world and getting
This was a great book! It didn't seem to have too many slow moments, and was usually fast paced and exciting. I love the difference in characters, and neither seems flawless. I love how they aren't exactly your average heroines. One is brave, though often more fool hardy than anything. The other, who sets out to rescue her, uses common sense and is not nearly as outgoing as her cousin. It's a great blend of fantasy and reality, and the setting was GREAT!! It made me want to pack a bag and head t ...more
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Born in Ireland, raised and educated in Toronto, Canada along with my seven sisters and two brothers, now living back in Ireland again. I have a beautiful daughter, Findabhair, doing her M.A. in Marine Biology and a beautiful cat, Emma, who would love to eat the fish Finn (great name for a marine biologist, eh?) wants to protect. My favourite author of all time is CS Lewis. I've read everything he ...more
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