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

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  4,516 ratings  ·  286 reviews
American 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 June 28th 2000)
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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.
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
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
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
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
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
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 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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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 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
Alexis Knadel
I did not like this book. I couldn't really follow where it was going, and I was so bored through it all. I like how it has those mythical creatures and ideas, but other than that I just didn't like it. I just couldn't finish the book, I got to page 113 before I gave up on it. I could have given it more of a chance and read a little further where it could have gotten better, but I didn't want to finish it. I picked this book up at the library thinking it would be a cool new series because it bro ...more
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.
Well, my feelings about the book are a bit mixed. On the one hand, I really enjoyed the story & the Irish mythology tied into it. And on the other hand, even though the characters were interesting and refreshing, I just didn't click with any of them enough to really enjoy their adventure.. & it's one hell of an adventure.

The Hunter’s Moon is about two cousins, Gwen and Findabhair (pronounced “Finnaveer” - I know, I love it too) & their childhood dream of going on a hunt around Irelan
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.
Well, my feelings about the book are a bit mixed. On the one hand, it was really different from other fey books I've read, with all of the Irish mythology mixed in. The setting was also magically and wonderfully described. And there were parts of the story that were interesting to me. On the other hand, I wasn't really in love with the main characters. Findabhair was rather thoughtless, in my opinion and somewhat stuck up with how she treated Gwen and made rash decisions. Gwen, I thought was por ...more
Cute book and a fast read. At the moment I'm not sure if I'm interested enough to go look up the next book in the series, but this book on its own was worth the read.
Kelsey Rowe
I didn't particularly like this book. The story in itself was semi-interesting, but the details and the language was all off. The main character is a 16 year old girl who gets separated from her cousin and has to travel around Ireland to find her and the fairies that took her. Some of the things she did to get around and get information just seemed inconceivable to me, like hitch-hiking and at one point she buys an old guy a beer to get info from him. The language wasn't cohesive, a big pet peev ...more
Denise Young
A wonderful journey into the world of the faeries. Melling has a background in Celtic studies, so she really knows her stuff. The result is a detailed and vivid journey through Ireland with her main character, Gwen, who sets off on a backpacking trip through the country with her Irish cousin on a quest to find the faerie world. They succeed but get more than they bargained for. I really enjoyed this story, although there was a lot of head-hopping at times that could be confusing. I definitely re ...more
I was looking for something entirely different when I passed the reduced books in a store and the glittering cover of The Hunter’s Moon caught my attention. After reading the title (the translation of the German title would be “In the Shadow of the Elven moon” – Im Schatten des Elfenmonds) I contemplated a moment if I should really pick it up, as Elves aren’t really my thing. Against my better judgement of already having far too many unread books did I have a look at the blurb and after reading ...more
Aaron Carson
I think The Druid’s Tune was my first introduction to novels as a kid. It was read to me when I was four or five years old. Needless to say, it left quite an impression so Melling had a long way to climb to match that first experience. In some ways I would say that The Hunter’s Moon is slightly better, but I might be saying that partly to counteract the nostalgia associated with The Druid’s Tune.

I thought Melling did a good job of describing the sense of Celtic Mythological presence in the Brit
I had great expectations of this book. I've always loved books based on mythology that correspond to the setting. One of my favorites are the Celtic myths of Ireland. So when I picked up this book, I was delighted to sit down and allow myself to be taken on adventure around Ireland. I was greatly disappointed. The writing itself was too unrealistic. People don't act they way they do in this book whether they are in love or not. Another thing about the "romance". How can anyone fall in love in a ...more
Brandy Painter
Originally posted here.

We know how much I dislike insta-love between beautiful people one of whom is magically powered in some way the other the only mortal girl who can make him abandon his bad boy supernatural ways to worship forever at her feet. Vampire. Werewolf. Faerie. Don't care. I was really nervous at first this was going to be one of those stories. But it wasn't. YAY! Except really it was, but the reader is far removed from those shenanigans as the story actually follows said mortal gi
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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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