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(The Legacy of Moonset #1)

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Moonset, a coven of such promise . . . Until they turned to the darkness.

After the terrorist witch coven known as Moonset was destroyed fifteen years ago—during a secret war against the witch Congress—five children were left behind, saddled with a legacy of darkness. Sixteen-year-old Justin Daggett, son of a powerful Moonset warlock, has been raised alongside the other orp
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Published April 8th 2013 by Flux (first published April 1st 2013)
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4.5 stars

Moonset was once an ordinary coven. Not remarkable in any one way till something set them on the path to darker magic which continued to crave unstoppable forbidden powers. They started a war, became terrorists that lead to hundreds of deaths. They were a feared unstoppable force. Then one day they simply surrendered. No one knows why, maybe it was momentary clarity that freed them from the dark forces. But being quickly tried and executed, their plans were never revealed.
However, they
Apr 27, 2017 added it
I really enjoyed this one. I'd devour book two right away if I already own it. Will have to come back for a full review.
Amy Keen
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Moonset follows the trials and tribulations of the Children of Moonset; an infamous coven of witch terrorists that brought chaos to the world. Needless to say, the magical community (that walk among the normal and teach their children in special ‘independent study’ classes) fear these remnants of one of the darkest periods in their history. The five siblings are moved around, tracked, traced and held back from more powerful magic as there is legend and myth surrounding their capabilities and no- ...more
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Moonset by Scott Tracey was a wonderful surprise! I picked up this book on a whim after reading the blurb and I am really glad I did. It had a really intriguing premise and was a great setup for this new trilogy. I can't wait to learn more about Moonset and its secrets and to see how the characters continue to grow.

Justin Daggett and his "siblings" are witches. Their parents were all members of the same coven, Moonset, that committed a
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I like Scott Tracey's WITCH EYES, so I wanted to read the start of his new series. It is chock full of things I love like small towns with secrets, people with secrets, a closely bound found family, black magic, and a protagonist who has a lot to learn. (That applies to both his magic skills and talking to girls.) As soon as I finished this book, I had to express my happiness with it on Tumblr. I don't do that for every book.

Each chapter begins with a short quote revealing more of the history of
Nov 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I haven’t read anything written by Scott Tracey previous to Moonset, but I definitely will be reading Witch Eyes as soon as I can. Mr Tracey has an amazing writing style that is so easy to read with such a great flow that you don’t realise how fast the pages are turning. The characters of this book are amazing and so vast that you can’t help but relate to some of their attitude quirks and urge them to become more mature and fight for their own life.

Moonset is a coven of witches and this particul
Dec 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Full review up on the blog:

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with this one. I was expecting something a little different when I read the summary - maybe your average teenage drama with a paranormal edge to it, but it went a lot deeper than that and I found myself enjoying the plot.

What I most liked about this read was the backstory of the main character. Justin and his family are the children of terrorists who just happen to be witches too. They ab
Scott Tracey is fast becoming one of my favourite young adult fantasy authors. I think this book has received a bit of unfair criticism as the few that I read seemed to mostly complain about the lack of character depth and development. This is the first book in a series and as such it set up the world and the characters fantastically for me. I liked the way that Mal was set up as the "gay gym-bunny" without there being any need to explicitly state that he was gay. Tracey has done a wonderful job ...more
Unabridged Bookshelf
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I have been a fan of Scott Tracey since I first read Witch Eyes, and I could not wait to experience his new series. Moonset is the first book in The Legacy of Moonset series, and it is unbelievably phenomenal. The five children of Moonset are the black sheep of the witching world, simply because of the travesties their parents committed when they were still in diapers. While they may not all be biological siblings, they are a family.

The oldest is Malcolm Denton, but he does not want anything to
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Moonset had one of the most interesting premises. I love novels with witches and the politics of the covens in Moonset were fascinating. The idea of a coven becoming terrorists and working against the governing body of witches is awesome and to have the story from the point of of view of the children of these terrorists is even cooler. The world in Moonset was incredible and unique.

Somehow, the awesomeness of Moonset must have been poorly executed in some way. I am baffled by how such an amazing
Well this was a particularly refreshing read.

For one, a well written first person male point of view (however given the author is male it should be a given). Second off, a book I had hoped to find a Jim Butcheresque book for young adults. In this book "Moonset" it revolves around a group of "siblings" Justin, Jenna, Bailey, Cole, and Malcom. However, only two of them Justin and Jenna share a parent and are half-siblings. The others are siblings because they grew up together as the children of Mo
Thibaut Nicodème
Full review coming on my blog, the Snark Theater.

This book is…okay. Not great, but okay.

Most infuriatingly, it relies on a ton of tropes I'm not a fan of. Tropes that keep reminding me that Scott Tracey is in fact a fan of Cassandra Clare. And that's never a good thing to remind me of.

But even without that…this book feels like it's rehashing the same plot threads as Tracey's Witch Eyes series. Which I liked, and so I do like the plot here…it's just really underwhelming the second time around.
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
Awesome, awesome, awesome. Can I have the sequel, like now?

Review to come closer to release date.
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Scott Tracey(Author of this Book, Moonset) is a wickedly creative guy. I love the stories he tells and MOST of the characters he has created. I read his first Trilogy, Witch Eyes, and fell in love with Braden because Braden is one of the best written LGBT lead characters I've ever read. He was well-written and the the mythology of Witch Eyes was amazing. So I decided to give his new series Moonset a shot.

Dark Faerie Tales
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Great story mixed with some awesome magic and a little romance.

Opening Sentence: There were two hundred and forty-five students involved in the riot.

The Review:

Justin Daggett is a witch — well at least he was born a witch. He has grown up with his sister and 3 close friends. They are all children of the evil warlocks that once were part of a coven called Moonset. The people from Moonset used their magic to tap into the dark Abyss, and they did h
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, 2013
When I saw Moonset in the Flux spring catalogue, I was immediately intrigued, as it had the makings of an exciting story. A terrorist witch coven? What kind of society would that happen in? Was magic out in the open or was it hidden? How and why would these innocent children be held responsible for their parents' crimes? So I was happy to get my hands on an eARC and be able to see whether all my questions were answered. And while it turned out not all of them were answered, many of them were and ...more
Nov 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Moonset the first book in the Legacy of Moonset series and I was drawn to the cover and synopsis. Witches, warlocks, a powerful witch congress, danger, lies and an unknown enemy make this slow building tale a wonderful start to a fascinating and fresh new young adult series. While I craved more details I think this will appeal to fans of Harry Potter.

Five orphaned children, bound by a curse, sole survivors of a war against the witch Congress they are guarded and feared. Something is coming for
Fangs for the Fantasy
Feb 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
The Moonset were a coven that tried to change witch society. Through a series co terrorist attacks they took out most of their challengers, killed any witch or coven that could stand against them. They built a cult of followers.

But they didn’t win. Slowly but surely they were pushed back until, to everyone’s surprise, they surrendered and were executed. Leaving behind their 5 children – protected by a curse that prevented them from being harmed or separated, the witch government was left with t
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2013
[Originally posted on the blog]

Double, double, toil and trouble; fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

Granted, Moonset does not have witches of the kind in Macbeth. But this line came to mind unbidden when I was thinking about the book. Readers won’t find any cauldrons here, but there’s fire and toil, and there’s definitely trouble – all of it centered on the magical legacy left to five teenagers by their parents. Intrigued? I certainly was… and I’m pleased to report that I really enjoyed Moonset! The
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: not-harry-potter
Hmmm... I'll be honest, I wanted to really love this book.

It had everything I like: an ensemble cast, a young and world weary protagonist, magic, fights against authority, a subtle manipulation of good and evil, handsome older role model/mentors, family squabbles... It honestly couldn't have been set up later.

And, judged just on its own merits, this was an excellent book. The final antagonist came out of nowhere and kept you guessing until the last page. I looked it up online and was pleased t
Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love stories about witches and warlocks. Probably explains my love of Willow on Buffy and Magnus in the TMI and ID series. And I have seriously enjoyed Scott Tracey’s Witch Eyes series. So when I first saw the summary of Moonset I gleefully added its release date to my calendar. Lucky for me, I didn’t have to wait that long. Thank you Net Galley and Flux for giving us the chance to read Moonset before the release date. It was everything I was expecting and hoping for.

When the adults of the Mo
Adriana C
Nov 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars

Moonset is a book that I was eager to read because I´ve read the other witches trilogy by Scott Tracey - Witch Eyes and I really like it a lot, so when I saw he was going to make another series or trilogy, immediately add it to my TBR list, and although I did not like it as much as Witch Eyes, Moonset story is very interesting and intriguing.

Moonset tells the story of Justin Daggett a seventeen years-old witch and along with his four foster siblings, had been raised by the witch Congres
Shy The WidowMaker
Nov 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Moonset was such a different take on the classic witch and warlock tale and I loved that about it the most. I loved that it was fresh and not the run on the mill tale. I think what I loved the most is that the main character was a teen boy who was just trying to find his way in life and this world. I feel like we don't get as much insight into the male world and don't get enough male characters in books but Justin more than makes up for that. Justin was more like a cool friend you would have who ...more
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
First off I want to say THANK you to the publishing company and Rockstar Blog Tour for having me on this tour!

Magic, a little Romance, Adventure and excitement and so much more all wrapped in one! Justin is not a normal boy, oh no he is a witch and not just him but his sister and the 3 closes friends he has had his while life. One of the reasons Justin and the others have been so close is because they are the offspring of wicked warlocks that were once a part of a coven named Moonset. A war beg
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars!
This is the first book by Tracey I have read so I wasn't sure what to expect. Really I picked up this book because of the synopsis. Who doesn't love a good story filled with mystery, danger, curses, ghosts and witches? I couldn't of picked a better book to try by this author because I truly enjoyed it. I really liked his writing style and the fact that this was told from the male POV of Justin. I have said this before but it bares saying again, there just aren't enough books in the YA
Ann Sloan
Dec 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Moonset is a new series about teenage witches and their dysfunctional family and a mysterious legacy.

Justin Daggett, his trouble-making sister Jenna, and their three orphan-witch friends/siblings, Malcolm, Bailey, and Cole, have gotten themselves kicked out of high school once again. The Congress (no, not that one) has to step in and relocate them to another new town. For some reason, they are moved to Carrow Mills, New York, the town where their parents—members of the terrorist witch organizati
A Book Vacation
Mar 12, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

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This is a very intriguing story full of witchcraft and half-truths. Justin and his adoptive family of five have grown up learning that their heritage is one of debauchery and deceit. As the children of Moonset, they have been feared all their lives, shifted from one home to the next, treated like prisoners, and all for a good cause, according to Justin, who doesn’t want to turn out to be anything like his parents. However, not all is as it s
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
The story is told by Justin, the son of the leader of Moonset. He is the peacekeeper, trying desperately to keep his twin sister, Jenna, from wrecking things everywhere they go. But now their lives are on the line, something is coming from them and the more they learn about their parents and the town of Carrow Mill, the more secrets they try to uncover. Justin will have to step up, will have to break the rules, if he has any chance of keeping his family safe.

What I really liked about this story
DNF at 25%.

It wouldn’t be enough for Jenna to embarrass the principal by making him look like an incompetent, she’d want a hand in embarrassing him personally.

I'm sure there was a very condescending quote about Jenna being a raging bitch, but I couldn't find it, and I didn't want to spend more time on this disaster of a book than I have to.

Well, there you have it, kids. That's Jenna in her entirety. A raging, jealous, controlling bitch that gets sulky when she doesn't get something, and crea
Mar 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Moonset is a modern fantasy novel set in a universe similar to that of Harry Potter. There are witches and wizards, but the normal humans aren’t allowed to know about them. There are spells, spell books, and wizard/witch cops. There are children who are somewhat revered because their families were murdered. This time, the murdered family members may have deserved it. Moonset is the name of a coven, or group of witches, that turned to the dark side years before and caused death and destruction on ...more
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Scott wrote his autobiography at age six, and its all been downhill since then. He traveled the country on a Greyhound for a month, devoted a semester of school to starting a series of urban legends, and spent five years perfecting how to say "would you like fries with that" for a short story. Or so he claims.

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